Contact Tracing

Contact tracing will be performed for any positive COVID-19 cases by the Contra Costa County Department Health Services.

Contact tracing is a well-established tool for combating the spread of serious diseases. The goal of contact tracing is to protect people who may have been exposed and stop COVID-19 in its tracks.

In the event of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, Saint Mary’s College will follow contact tracing protocols as directed by County and State health authorities. Identified contacts will initially receive guidance about isolation, quarantine, monitoring, and testing by a Contact Tracer from the Contra Costa County Health Services. The Health Center staff is available to support students with questions they may have in working with the local health department.

Contact tracing may include notification of:

  • Close personal contacts identified by the confirmed positive individual
  • Those in close housing proximity with the student (roommate, suitemates, apartment mates, those who may share a bathroom)
  • Classmates, Saint Mary’s College staff and faculty members with whom the student had 1:1 contact with while contagious
  • Members of student organizations with whom the student may have come in contact while contagious

Contact Tracing Team

Saint Mary’s College will utilize contact tracing to help protect people on our campus who have been exposed to COVID-19, to slow the spread of the infection and to prevent outbreaks. 

In close partnership with Contra Costa Health Services, Saint Mary’s College has established a Contact Tracing Team that connects individuals to appropriate support and resources as needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Contact Tracers will communicate with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 to determine their close contact on campus during the time they may have been infectious. Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Our campus contact tracing efforts are a supplement to the services being provided by Bay Area county health departments. 

Trained members will maintain privacy and confidentiality. They will be able to provide guidance, resources, and support for students, faculty, and staff who need to isolate or quarantine.

Helpful links: 

Contra Costa Health Services Contact Tracing Information
California Connected Contact Tracing Information
Center for Disease Control Contact Tracing Information