Reporting, Contact Tracing, Quarantine and Isolation
To maintain a safe and healthy environment on UNC's campus, students or employees who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 need to submit a COVID-19 report form.
Additionally, individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 may also need to submit a COVID-19 report form, depending on their vaccination status. Please refer to the section “How and When to Report Exposures, Symptoms and Positive Tests” on our coronavirus webpage for details.
Students and employees who are tested off campus are only reported to UNC if they disclose their affiliation to the university to public health investigators. Therefore, it is very important to report positive tests, symptoms and exposures through UNC’s confidential COVID-19 report form. This helps contain the potential spread of the virus through our university community by notifying individuals who may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
UNC doesn’t release any identifying information regarding COVID-19 cases. UNC asks that the entire community support its efforts to protect others’ privacy.
When any member of the UNC community becomes ill with COVID-19, contact tracing begins.
The COVID-19 Response Team will work with the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment to identify and communicate directly with the individual(s) who may have been in close contact with the patient and assess the significance of the exposure.
Please know that if there is a need for anyone to be quarantined or tested as a result of exposure, they will be contacted by either the Weld County Department of Health or the COVID-19 Response Team. Further instructions and information will be provided regarding UNC’s quarantine, isolation, cleaning, health, safety and privacy protocols. Support services will also be offered to those directly affected.
What's the difference?
Have been exposed to another individual who has symptoms and/or has tested positive for COVID-19.
Generally, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID-19. However, you should get a COVID-19 test three to five days after exposure and wear a mask in public for 14 days after your exposure, or until you have a negative test result.
If you develop symptoms in the 14 days after exposure, get tested, even if you had a previous negative test. You will need to quarantine while awaiting test results.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 10-14 days if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if they have been exposed to a household member or close contact who had a positive COVID-19 test.
Ultimately, the length of quarantine is determined by a member of COVID-19 Response Team after investigating each case.
- People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after their first dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson).
Have a positive COVID-19 test, have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or are getting ill and think they might have COVID-19.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, is placed in isolation.
Length of isolation for people with no symptoms (asymptomatic):
- Ten (10) days from your positive test result, per guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Length of isolation for people with symptoms:
- Ten (10) days symptoms first appeared AND
- No fever for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medications) AND
- All other symptoms are improving
* If severe symptoms continue, the individual shall continue to stay home and consult with their healthcare provider and the COVID-19 Response Team about the need for additional testing and the appropriate time to return to class, campus or work (documentation from healthcare provider must be provided).
Students will be notified of their approval to vacate quarantine or isolation via letter to their Bearmail. Employees will receive notification through their UNCO employee account.
It is the responsibility of each individual to inform their supervisor/instructor if they have been placed in quarantine or isolation. Faculty should notify their department chair/school director; staff should notify their supervisors; students should notify all of their instructors.
Quarantine and Isolation Procedures
The CDC and CDPHE have established quarantine and isolation guidelines to assist in reducing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). UNC is following all CDC and CDPHE guidelines for confirmed positive cases and exposures.
- A confirmed positive case is when a student or employee receives a positive COVID-19 test result from a rapid antigen test (e.g. over-the-counter Binax test) or a molecular PCR test (I.e. nasal swab test performed at a testing site).
- Exposure occurs when people have a close contact (outside of their household) or a household member (including roommates) who:
- Has tested positive for COVID-19
- Has COVID-19 symptoms
- Is becoming ill and thinks they may have COVID-19