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Case Reporting and Investigation

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Who should report a confirmed positive case, exposure, or COVID-19 like symptoms? 

All UCR faculty, staff, and students are required to report.

How to report a confirmed positive case, exposure, or COVID-19 like symptoms? 

Please report this information by filling out the Daily Wellness Check. Click here for a guide to the notifications you may receive after filling out the Daily Wellness Check. 

If you were exposed to a person with COVID-19, please arrange for a COVID-19 test on day five or later after the last date of exposure. More information on testing can be found here

Have you been exposed?  
  • Use the Daily Wellness Check to indicate that you may have been exposed.  

  • COVID-19 tests are offered at no cost if conducted at a UCR location. Exposure testing is required regardless of vaccination status and should occur day five or later after the last date of exposure.  

  • If you are not fully vaccinated at the time of exposure, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

  • If you are fully vaccinated and have submitted proof of vaccination to the university, then you will not be required to quarantine.  

  • If your test is positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days from the last positive test date. For students residing on campus, you will be provided with isolation housing. 

  • If your test is negative, and you are not fully vaccinated or have not provided proof of vaccination to the university, you will still need to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure. For students residing on campus, you will be provided with quarantine housing. 

What is a case investigation?
  • Case investigation is the process of identifying who may have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more about close contact or exposure here. A visual guide to the case investigation process at UCR can be found here.
What happens next if I test positive for COVID-19?

A case investigation will begin promptly by the UCR Case Investigation Team. The case investigator reviews the Daily Wellness Check survey and if needed, reaches out to the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 on campus to:

  • confirm or clarify details about the positive diagnosis
  • confirm location while on campus during the highly infectious period, which is defined as two days prior to the onset of symptoms (if symptomatic) or two days prior to the last positive test (if asymptomatic)
  • provide direction and support for isolation
  • gather information about recent close contacts and on campus social activities 

As a next step, UCR case investigators will reach out to on-campus individuals identified as "close contacts" to provide additional guidance in alignment with public health guidelines. This includes providing guidance on testing and quarantine instructions.

If you have not been contacted, it is very likely that you were not deemed a close contact by the case investigation team. If you still believe you were exposed or in close contact with a person with COVID-19, contact the COVID-19 Management Resource Center at 844-827-6827 for further assessment.

Additionally, Facilities Services will be notified to conduct the required disinfection and sanitation of any residential areas or facilities as necessary.

Case Investigation is only attempted for UCR-affiliated individuals, students, staff, faculty, and other individuals working or living on campus or UCR-operated sites. For all close contacts in Riverside County that are not affiliated with the university, the County of Riverside, Public Health Department will perform the contact tracing.

Case investigations are led by the UCR School of Medicine, COVID-19 Management Resource Center Case Investigations Team.

Privacy

The exposure notification process is timely, respectful, and private; the name of the employee or student who tested positive will not be disclosed. Close contacts are not informed of the identity of the person who tested positive, just that they were in contact with someone who tested positive in a certain location and timeframe.

Additionally, the name of the employee or student will not be disclosed to supervisors or others not a part of the Case Investigation Team.