Triage and Testing
During the virtual learning period, Salem recommends that campus members utilize their primary care physician or healthcare provider to request triage and testing for COVID-19. Individuals who do not have a primary care provider can seek additional information about COVID-19 and local testing centers by contacting the 24-hour helplines established by local health systems Novant Health (877-499-1697) or Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (336-702-6843).
Contact Tracing to Identify Close Contacts
Contact tracing is the process for identifying individuals who have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 and who as a result need to self-monitor their health and quarantine during the incubation period for developing COVID-19.The purpose of contact tracing is to limit the spread of COVID-19 by notifying individuals who may contract the virus of their need to quarantine and limit exposure of others.
When Salem receives notice that a campus member who has entered campus has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have presented an exposure risk for others on campus, Salem will interview the campus member to the extent possible to identify their close contacts on campus for contact tracing and quarantine notification purposes. In coordinating with close contacts on campus or issuing campus notifications, Salem will not personally identify the campus member who has tested positive. Salem will not conduct contact tracing for or provide quarantine notification to individuals who are not campus members; instead, the campus member who tests positive is expected to cooperate with the applicable health department for such contact tracing and notifications. In the event a campus member tests positive, the affected person is asked to “self-disclose” to Salem per the reporting channels provided in these Guidelines and Protocols and to known close contacts to help identify others at risk.
The CDC defines “close contact” as an individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before symptom onset for symptomatic individuals and 2 days prior to positive specimen collection for asymptomatic individuals. Individuals who meet these criteria but were wearing masks during the contact period may not be considered a “close contact” or directed to quarantine. Close contacts typically include people in your home, your partner or spouse, people who take care of you, and people who are under your care.Testing is recommended for all close contacts of confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases.