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Faculty & Staff Contact Tracing, Quarantine, and Isolation

Employees are required to be fully vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. As of Monday, Sept. 13, all employees working on campus are required to undergo regular testing, regardless of vaccination status. 

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, or if they are exposed to COVID-19 or identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, they are required to immediately notify the COVID-19 Employee Test Team (CETT) at CETT@swarthmore.edu and Terri Maguire in Human Resources at tmaguir1@swarthmore.edu, as well as follow the protocols outlined below. Please note that protocols differ depending on the employee’s vaccination status.

Contact Tracing | Positive Test Results | Close Contacts | No Close Contacts But Symptomatic 

Contact Tracing 

The CETT team will conduct contact tracing for employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Positive Test Results

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, they are required to immediately notify the CETT team at CETT@swarthmore.edu and Terri Maguire in Human Resources at tmaguir1@swarthmore.edu.

Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should self-isolate. They cannot come to campus for 10 days from the date they receive their positive test result, and until after going 24 hours without a fever (without the aid of fever-reducing medications) and after other symptoms have shown improvement. The CETT team will follow up with employees who test positive to track their improvement and determine their date of return to campus.

Close Contacts

Unvaccinated, with symptoms

Unvaccinated employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 or identified as a close contact and who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must:

  • Not come to campus and must quarantine for a minimum of 7 days from the date of exposure.
  • Not return to work until after going 24 hours without a fever (without the aid of fever-reducing medications) and after other symptoms have shown improvement.
  • Take a COVID-19 test 5–7 days after exposure. Employees must have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning to campus. To get an Everlywell test kit, please email the CETT team at CETT@swarthmore.edu.

Unvaccinated, without symptoms

Unvaccinated employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 or identified as a close contact who are not experiencing symptoms must:

  • Not come to campus and must quarantine for a minimum of 7 days from the date of exposure. 
  • Take a COVID-19 test day 5–7 days after exposure. To get an Everlywell test kit, please email the CETT team at CETT@swarthmore.edu.
  • Perform their work remotely, when possible and in coordination with their supervisor.

Vaccinated, with symptoms 

Vaccinated employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 or identified as a close contact and who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must:

  • Not come to campus and must quarantine for a minimum of 7 days from the date of exposure.
  • Not return to work until after going 24 hours without a fever (without the aid of fever-reducing medications) and after other symptoms have shown improvement.
  • Take a COVID-19 test 5–7 days after exposure. Employees must have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning to campus. To get an Everlywell test kit, please email the CETT team at CETT@swarthmore.edu.

Vaccinated, without symptoms

Vaccinated employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 or identified as a close contact and who are not experiencing symptoms:

  • Do not need to quarantine.
  • Must take an Everlywell test 3–5 days after the exposure.
    • To pick up a test kit, please visit the Swarthmore College Post Office in Parrish Hall during normal operating hours. We encourage you to pick up test kits in the morning between 8:30 and 11 a.m. or in the afternoon between 2 and 3:45 p.m. to avoid the Post Office’s busiest times. If you are unable to pick up a test kit during normal business hours, you can get one after hours at the Department of Public Safety, located at Benjamin West House. Regardless of where you pick one up, you must have your OneCard to pick up a test kit.
    • Fully vaccinated employees without symptoms do not need to quarantine while they wait for test results.
  • Must wear a mask at all times, unless alone in their office or actively eating or drinking, for 14 days.

No Close Contacts But Symptomatic 

Note these protocols apply to all employees regardless of vaccination status.

If an employee calls in sick and is experiencing two or more COVID-19 symptoms, they must:

  • Take a COVID-19 test. To get an Everlywell test kit, please email the CETT team at CETT@swarthmore.edu. Employees experiencing symptoms cannot come to campus to pick up a test kit. Employees may also test through their own doctor or health care provider.
    • If the test result is negative, but the employee has a fever of 100.4 or higher or continues to experience two or more symptoms that are not attributed to another medical diagnosis, the individual must remain home for a minimum of 7 days from the date of exposure and cannot return to work until after going 24 hours without a fever (without the aid of fever-reducing medications) and after other symptoms have shown improvement.  
    • If the test result is positive, the employee is required to notify the CETT team at CETT@swarthmore.edu and Terri Maguire in Human Resources at tmaguir1@swarthmore.edu. The individual will be contacted by the CETT team for contact-tracing purposes and to determine their date of return to campus.

Key Definitions: 

Daily Self-Monitoring — employees should monitor their health before coming to work on campus. If the staff member’s temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they are not permitted to access College facilities and should contact their medical professional before returning to work in-person. The employee must also inform their supervisor and Human Resources. For further information see Returning to Work on Campus

CETT— Members of the COVID Employee Test Team (CETT) have been assigned by their College President’s Staff member to monitor the Everlywell COVID-19 tests under the guidance of the Health Center.  These team members come from Environmental Health & Safety, Human Resources, Public Safety, Athletics, and Finance & Administration; they have received training on the Everlywell test and contact tracing. These team members are not healthcare workers and are not providing any medical care. Tests are entirely self-administered and no team member will administer any tests on another individual. 

Everlywell, Inc. — This is the private testing company that Swarthmore has contracted with to provide student and employee test kits. The kits require that employees set up an account and register the kits in order to receive the results directly from the company. 

Contact Tracing — Contact tracing as defined by the CDC is a process used by health departments to help prevent the spread of infectious disease. In general, contact tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease (cases) and people whom they came in contact with (contacts) and working with them to mitigate disease spread by recommending quarantine and other actions as appropriate.