Faculty & Staff Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Testing

Where can Faculty and Staff learn what happens if there is possible exposure to COVID-19?

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Where can Faculty & Staff learn what happens if there is possible exposure to COVID-19?

If anyone — faculty, staff or student — is considered to be a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they will be individually contacted as part of the contact tracing process. Carolina continues to work in close collaboration with the Orange County Health Department (OCHD) on contact tracing. Campus Health, EHS and OCHD are continuing to follow the CDC definition of a close contact.

Learn more about contact tracing on the Carolina Together contact tracing webpage, which includes a video featuring Mike DeFranco with OCHD giving an overview of the importance of contact tracing in our community and how contact tracing works.

Find specific information about how EHS and UEOHC conduct contact tracing by visiting the EHS COVID-19 webpage and scrolling to the Employee Health Guidance tab. Learn how Campus Health conducts contact tracing for Carolina students on their COVID-19 webpage.

Instructors

Downloadable chart: Contact Tracing for Vaccinated Instructors

Downloadable chart: Contact Tracing for Unvaccinated Instructors

Staff

Downloadable chart: Contact Tracing for Unvaccinated Staff

Downloadable chart: Contact Tracing for Vaccinated Staff

Where can Faculty & Staff learn about the COVID-19 vaccine and Fall 2021 COVID-19 testing requirements? Is there a vaccine mandate?

Carolina Together Testing Program

Since last fall, complete information about the Carolina Together Testing Program has been updated regularly on the Carolina Together website.

The CTTP webpage is frequently updated with information on testing locations and hours and updated testing requirements for students, faculty and staff.

Effective Monday, September 15, faculty and staff who have not indicated they are fully vaccinated will be required to test once a week at the Carolina Together Testing Program center.  To avoid this requirement, get vaccinated today and update your vaccination status using the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Form.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines on the Carolina Together COVID-19 vaccine webpage. There is no vaccine mandate for Fall 2021. To track the percentage of students and employees who are currently vaccinated, visit the Carolina Together Dashboard.

What can Faculty & Staff communicate about positive cases?

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What can Faculty & Staff communicate about positive cases?

School or Department Communications

If you become aware of a positive COVID-19 case or infection, there are limited circumstances where it will be appropriate to share that personal health information with others. Since last fall, Carolina has been clear how positive cases of COVID-19 are communicated and this information has been posted on the Carolina Together website:

Consistent with the State Human Resources Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as other privacy considerations, schools, departments and units should not communicate about COVID-19 positive cases broadly to their populations. Individuals who have been potentially exposed to the positive case will be notified through the University’s contact tracing procedures, making broad communications unnecessary.

In some circumstances this fall, it will be appropriate for communications to be sent about specific campus populations and in those cases, decisions will be made based upon approved guidelines and in careful consultation with Campus Health, EHS, OCHD and the affected schools, departments and units.

Communicating with Students

As with any health concern, communications with students or your colleagues about individual health information are personal and private. All of us are bound by the same state and federal laws from sharing this information widely.

Campus Health and Student Affairs encourage students who test positive for COVID-19 to reach out to their instructors to alert them of their absence or make accommodations to make up the work. Students may choose not to disclose if they have tested positive since this is confidential health information, but if they do, please keep that information private and be discreet.

In addition, students who test positive for COVID-19 will be approved for a University Approved Absence. For all other illnesses when students are experiencing symptoms and absences due to quarantine or isolation, remember that faculty have the flexibility to work with students, and we strongly encourage you to exercise this flexibility in all cases.

Where can Faculty & Staff find more information?

Visit the Positive Cases, Contact Tracing and In-Person Class FAQs for Instructors.

Find more information about the office and lab on the In the Workplace and Lab page.

Find more information about Fall 2021 in-person instruction on the In Person and Remote Instruction page.

Find COVID-19 teaching resources for instructors at keepteaching.unc.edu.

Find more information about campus operations, including buildings, dining, libraries and more on the On Campus page.

Learn more about Campus Buildings, Maps, Parking and Transportation.

Find COVID-19 teaching resources for instructors at keepteaching.unc.edu.