Positive case and direct exposure faq
All correspondences from the Parkland COVID Response Team (CRT) will come to your Parkland email address from "COVID Response Team (via Maxient)".
Last updated: 1/26/22
Every positive case must work with Parkland’s COVID Response Team (CRT) as soon as possible.
Immediately after getting your positive test results, contact Parkland’s CRT regarding your test result using one of the following forms:
Additional information from the Illinois Department of Public Health can be found on their website.
Parkland's COVID Response Team will work with you to:
Under current CDC/IDPH guidance (as of 1/4/22) the isolation period can be as short as 5 days but may be longer. According to CUPHD, if a positive case is asymptomatic or "their symptoms go away or are significantly improving after 5 days, they can leave isolation with extreme caution. If they have a fever, they should continue isolation until they are fever free. They should continue to wear a mask around others for the next 5 days." Even if a person meets the criteria outlined in this answer, they may not return to Parkland's campus until the steps in the next section are completed.
Two important steps must be completed in order to return to Parkland's campus:
No individual will be allowed to return to campus after being in isolation until both steps are completed.
Yes. These populations include:
You are considered a "close contact" if you are 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 the symptoms onset of the positive individual or the test sample collection date in the case of an asymptomatic positive individual.
Parkland's COVID Response Team (CRT). Please use the following forms to make this report:
You will find out that you are a close contact/direct exposure in one of three ways:
Yes, you do, unless one of the following two conditions exist:
Under current CDC/IDPH guidance (as of 1/4/22) the quarantine period can be as short as 5 days but may be longer if they have developed symptoms during the first 5 days of their quarantine period. According to the CDC, if a person develops symptoms by day 5 of their quarantine period, they should continue quarantine past 5 days "until a negative test confirms symptoms are not caused by COVID-19."
All quarantined individuals leaving quarantine after 5 days must always wear a mask around other individuals for an additional 5 days.
This is a 2-step process.
No individual will be allowed to return to campus after being quarantined until both steps are completed.
Yes. It is highly recommended that a person that was a "close contact"/direct exposure to an infected individual get a COVID test 5 days after the exposure.
Get a COVID booster as soon as you are eligible to receive one. Booster information can be found on the CDC website.
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