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Contact Tracing

Updated: Monday, Aug. 24, 2020

Contact tracing is an important tool to identify potential direct contacts of a COVID-19-positive person. A direct contact is defined as: a) being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for at least 10 consecutive minutes; OR b) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on or sneezed on). 

Individuals at a greater distance than 6 feet, for longer than 10 minutes would be considered contacts of a lower risk and would not need to self-quarantine for 14 days.  These individuals would continue to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms on daily basis.

The University will collaborate with Monmouth County Regional Health Commission (MCRHC) No. 1 using a case management model to perform contract tracing for employees and students. The COVID-19 Contact Tracing Team will be responsible for expediting contact tracing within the parameters of the Monmouth University community while MCRHC will extend contact tracing in the greater community.  

Health Services will notify the Contact Tracing Team of any student or employee who tests positive. Contact tracers are responsible for following up on any direct contacts, providing COVID-19 information/resources and communicating quarantine guidelines/parameters.   

Visitor logs will be required for all non-Monmouth University community members, such as delivery persons, maintenance and repair persons, prospective students and families, or others that are entering any building of the University. 

Whenever practical, visitor logs will be stored in digital format. Information Management will provide assistance in meeting this requirement to include digitization of paper logs and/or software implementation such as EMS Room Management system. The visitor logs will be available to contract tracers, and be shared with the MCRHC to supplement tracking of any known contacts outside of the campus such as student workplace contacts or clinical placements. Contact tracing for employees, commuter students, and contiguous community contacts of residential students, is the responsibility of the public health agency with jurisdiction over the community in which the person resides. 

The University’s plans and protocols are subject to change in response to evolving guidance from local, state, and federal government and public health officials. We will continue to update this website regularly and encourage you to check back often for the most up-to-date information.