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Exposure Safety Protocols

At Cal State San Marcos, we have a shared commitment to each other. Our ability to safely navigate through the pandemic rests on our collective efforts.

Our COVID Case Management Team is here to provide resources, guidance and support. If you have a question about any of these scenarios or need clarification on next steps should an exposure occur, please email our team at covidcasereporting@csusm.edu.

Employee Protocols

  • Employee tests positive
    • If the employee is on campus at the time of notification, the employee should go home immediately and begin self-isolation.
    • If an employee is home at the time of notification, the employee needs to self-isolate. Employees are advised to follow isolation guidance from their healthcare provider.
    • Employees and/or managers are required to report a positive COVID-19 test result to the COVID Case Management Team using the online COVID-19 Reporting Form or by email to the COVID Case Management Team at covidcasereporting@csusm.edu. A member of the team will contact the employee for a brief interview and provide important information about next steps to follow.
    • Employees may contact Human Resources at hrbenefits@csusm.edu to learn about possible leave options.
    • Note: An employee with a positive case is required to complete a 10-day period of self-isolation beginning on the date the test was taken. The employee will not be able to return to work until all three of the following are true: 1) 10 days have elapsed from the date of the positive test; 2) the employee has been fever-free (100.4° F) for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications; and 3) COVID-19 symptoms have improved.
  • Has symptoms but not been tested
    • If the employee is on campus when they begin to experience symptoms, the employee should go home immediately and begin self-isolation.
    • The employee needs to contact their medical professional and arrange to be tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. Symptomatic individuals may test at a County of San Diego testing site in Lower Lot B or at a medical facility. Please note that individuals experiencing symptoms are not permitted to test at the Clarke Field House testing site.
    • Employees and/or managers are required to report a positive COVID-19 test result to the COVID Case Management Team using the online COVID-19 Reporting Form or by email to the COVID Case Management Team at covidcasereporting@csusm.edu. A member of the team will contact the employee for a brief interview and provide important information about next steps to follow.
    • Employees may contact Human Resources at hrbenefits@csusm.edu to learn about possible leave options.
  • Identified as close contact of positive case
    • If an employee is fully vaccinated, the employee may continue their normal schedule and follow standard COVID-19 protocols, including self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Close contact employees are encouraged to get tested 3-5 days after their exposure at a San Diego County testing site or medical facility, but not at the CSUSM Clarke Field House testing site.
    • If an employee is not vaccinated, they need to self-quarantine and report using the online COVID-19 Reporting Form or by email to the COVID Case Management Team at covidcasereporting@csusm.edu.
    • If the employee develops COVID symptoms within 14 days, they are to self-isolate regardless of vaccination status.
  • Someone they live with has tested positive
    • If possible, employees should encourage the person who tested positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate as much as possible.
    • If an employee is fully vaccinated, the employee should self-quarantine and get tested 3-5 days after their last exposure at a San Diego County testing site or medical facility, but not at the CSUSM Clarke Field House testing site.
    • If the test is negative, the employee should continue their normal schedule and practice standard COVID-19 protocols.
    • Employees and/or managers are required to report a positive COVID-19 test result to the COVID Case Management Team using the online COVID-19 Reporting Form or by email to the COVID Case Management Team at covidcasereporting@csusm.edu. A member of the team will contact the employee for a brief interview and provide important information about next steps to follow.
    • If an employee is not vaccinated, they need to self-quarantine and report using the online COVID-19 Reporting Form or by email to the COVID Case Management Team at covidcasereporting@csusm.edu.
    • If the employee develops COVID symptoms within 14 days, they are to self-isolate regardless of vaccination status.
  • Identified as part of an exposed group
    • If an employee is fully vaccinated, the employee may continue their normal schedule and practice standard COVID-19 protocols, including self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested 3-5 days after exposure at a San Diego County testing site or medical facility, but not at the CSUSM Clarke Field House testing site.
    • Employees and/or managers are required to report a positive COVID-19 test result to the COVID Case Management Team using the online COVID-19 Reporting Form or by email to the COVID Case Management Team at covidcasereporting@csusm.edu. A member of the team will contact the employee for a brief interview and provide important information about next steps to follow.
    • If an employee is not vaccinated, they need to self-quarantine and report using the online COVID-19 Reporting Form or by email to the COVID Case Management Team at covidcasereporting@csusm.edu.
    • If the employee develops COVID symptoms within 14 days, they are to self-isolate regardless of vaccination status.
  • Someone they live with identified as part of exposed group
    • If an employee is fully vaccinated, the employee may continue their normal schedule and practice standard COVID-19 protocols, including self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested 3-5 days after exposure at a San Diego County testing site or medical facility, but not at the CSUSM Clarke Field House testing site.
    • Employees and/or managers are required to report a positive COVID-19 test result to the COVID Case Management Team using the online COVID-19 Reporting Form or by email to the COVID Case Management Team at covidcasereporting@csusm.edu. A member of the team will contact the employee for a brief interview and provide important information about next steps to follow.
    • If an employee is not vaccinated, they need to self-quarantine and report using the online COVID-19 Reporting Form or by email to the COVID Case Management Team at covidcasereporting@csusm.edu.
    • If the employee develops COVID symptoms within 14 days, they are to self-isolate regardless of vaccination status.

Definitions

Positive Case – a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has a positive COVID-19 diagnosis from a licensed healthcare provider.

Close Contact – being within six feet of a COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or greater in a 24-hour period within or overlapping with the high-risk exposure period (see below definition). This definition applies regardless of the use of face coverings. Exception: employees have not had a close contact if they wore a respirator whenever they were within six feet of the COVID-19 case during the high-risk exposure period.

Exposed Group – all employees at a work location, working area, or common area at work, where a COVID-19 case was present during the high-risk exposure period. A common area at work includes bathrooms, walkways, hallways, aisles, break or eating areas, and waiting areas. The following exceptions apply:

  • A place where persons momentarily pass through while everyone is wearing face coverings, without congregating
  • If the COVID-19 case was part of a distinct group of employees who are not present at the workplace at the same time as other employees. For example, if a work crew does not overlap with other employees, only the employees within that distinct work crew are part of the exposed group.
  • If the COVID-19 case visited a work location, working area, or common area at work for less than 15 minutes during the high-risk exposure period, and the COVID-19 case was wearing a face covering during the entire visit, then other people at the work location, working area, or common area are not part of the exposed group.

High-risk Exposure Period – the following time periods are high-risk exposure periods:

  • For COVID-19 cases who develop COVID-19 symptoms: from two days before they first develop symptoms until all of the following are true: it has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared; 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications; and symptoms have improved.
  • For COVID-19 cases who never develop COVID-19 symptoms: from two days before until 10 days after the specimen for their first positive test for COVID-19 was collected.

Isolation – separates people infected with COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic) from others, even within a household. For persons with COVID-19 infection, isolation can be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset or test date and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms. There may be additional considerations for immunocompromised persons.

Quarantine – separates from others and restricts the movement of a person who was exposed to a COVID-19 case to reduce the spread of infection. A person who had close contact with a positive case may return to campus when 10 days have passed since the last known close contact and they have not developed COVID-19 symptoms. If the person who had close contact with a positive case takes a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test 5 days after the last know exposure and the test is negative, the close contact may return to campus 7 days after the last known exposure but must continue to self-monitor for symptoms.

Vaccinated – In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The FDA has granted full approval for Pfizer-BioNTech (COMIRNATY) COVID-19 Vaccine.

Additional Resources

San Diego County COVID-19 Information California Department of Public Health (CDPH)