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Faculty & Staff Contact Tracing, Quarantine, and Isolation

The College is following revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on quarantine and isolation protocols. As a reminder, all faculty and staff members are required to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. 

The College considers individuals up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines if they received both an initial, primary series of vaccinations AND a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they are eligible. 

Testing Positive/Isolation | Surveillance Testing After a Positive Test | Close Contacts/Quarantine | Contact Tracing

Testing Positive/Isolation

Faculty and staff members who test positive for COVID-19, with either a College-provided test or through a test obtained on their own, are required to immediately notify the COVID-19 Employee Test Team (CETT) at CETT@swarthmore.edu and Theresa Maguire in Human Resources at tmaguir1@swarthmore.edu.  

The CETT team will follow up with faculty and staff members to track their improvement and determine their date of return to campus.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must not come to campus and must isolate for at least five days, with the first day being the first full day after either (A) you tested positive for COVID-19, or (B) your symptoms developed, whichever came first.

  • For example, if you test positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and immediately begin to isolate, Thursday is considered your first full day of isolation.  

Faculty and staff members who test positive and who DO NOT have symptoms may end isolation after five full days following the day of the positive test. (In the example above, the individual would be able to return to work on campus on Tuesday.) Asymptomatic employees who test positive and who are able to work remotely should do so when possible and in coordination with their supervisor.

If you test positive WITH symptoms, you may end isolation after at least five full days IF: 

  • You are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, AND,
  • Your symptoms have improved enough to return to work with no remaining respiratory symptoms (nasal congestion, cough, sore throat).

If symptoms persist, you must continue to isolate.

Surveillance Testing After a Positive Test

Faculty and staff members who test positive will be exempt from the College’s weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing requirement for 90 days from the date of the positive test. However, these employees WILL be required to test within that 90-day period if they develop COVID-19 symptoms or are considered a close contact of another positive case.

Close Contacts/Quarantine

Faculty and staff members who are identified as a close contact due to exposure while at work will be notified through the College’s contact tracing protocols. If a faculty or staff member is notified that they’re a close contact due to exposure outside of the College, they are required to immediately notify CETT at CETT@swarthmore.edu and Theresa Maguire in Human Resources at tmaguir1@swarthmore.edu. CETT will provide information on additional testing requirements and quarantine.

Contact Tracing 

The CETT team will contact faculty and staff members who are identified as close contacts. A close contact is generally defined as someone who was less than six feet away from an infected person for 15 minutes or more and, during that time, if either of the individuals were unmasked.