Student Triage and Testing
Salem Health Services will provide triage care for students who report COVID-19 symptoms and exposure to determine
whether testing and quarantine or isolation are appropriate. Students with concerning COVID-19 symptoms, and
students who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 and have had “close contact” exposure with someone who has tested
positive, will be referred to Health Services for assessment and testing.
Employee Triage and Testing
Salem employees should utilize their primary care physician or healthcare provider to request triage and testing for
COVID-19. Employees who do not have a primary care provider can seek additional information about COVID-19 and
local testing centers by contacting the Forsyth County Health Department (336-582-0800) or 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 has tested positive for COVID-19, 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 or issuing campus notifications, Salem will not
personally identify the campus member who has tested positive. In the event a student or employee tests
positive, the affected student or employee must “self-disclose” to Salem per the reporting channels provided in these
guidelines to help identify others at risk.
The CDC defines “close contact” as an individual within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total
of 15 minutes during a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before symptom onset for symptomatic individuals and 2 days
prior to positive specimen collection for asymptomatic individuals. Close contacts typically include people in
your home, your partner or spouse, people who take care of you, people who are under your care, and teammates.
Close contact exposure can also result from sharing food, drinks, or utensils or someone sneezed, coughed, or got
respiratory droplets on you. Testing is recommended and may be required by Salem for campus members who are
found to be close contacts of confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases.