- What counts as a COVID-19 case? What about close contact?
Case: Someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
Close contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
- What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Isolation is when a person with COVID-19 infection is separated from other people.
Quarantine is when a close contact is asked to separate themselves from other people.
- Why is quarantine longer than isolation?
They are at different places on the infection timeline. Because the incubation period of the virus is 2-14 days, that means it can take up to 14 days to test positive or develop symptoms. Once the virus has incubated, the infected person’s body will fight the virus and it is unlikely they will remain infectious beyond the 10-day isolation period (as long as the other criteria is met)
- Which test do I need to confirm I’m not infected?
You must request the RT-PCR viral test to document your infection for contact tracing.
- Do I need a negative test to return to campus?
We strongly recommend that you do get tested. However, clearance testing is no longer required for CDC guidelines, so you do not need a test to return. Learn more in Isolation & Clearance. However, if you are red on the app because of symptoms, you must have a negative test to return, or you must isolate for the full 10-day period.
- I'm asymptomatic. Was my positive test a false result?
Asymptomatic cases are fairly common, while false positive test results are very rare. You still must follow the steps outlined for you by the COVID-19 Response Team to get clearance to return to campus.
- If someone in my household is quarantined, do I need to quarantine?
No, we will not ask contacts of contacts to quarantine unless they (your household members) have symptoms. FIU policy may differ from that of county public schools.
- Someone in my office has tested positive. Why wasn't I notified?
The COVID-19 Response Team is only contacting close contacts of a person who has tested positive. If you were not contacted, that means you are not a close contact. No action is required of you, but if you want to learn more about prevention you can call us at 305-348-1919.
- I am a supervisor and one of my employees told me they tested positive, what should I do?
Ask the employee to contact the COVID-19 Response Team (CRT) as soon as possible at 305-348-1919. In order to protect the confidentiality surrounding personal health information and comply with HIPAA laws, please do not share this information with anyone else.
The CRT will interview the employee to discuss their situation and determine whether they were on campus during their infectious period. If they were on campus during their infectious period, the CRT will request and coordinate disinfection of the spaces they visited on campus while infectious.
The CRT will also elicit any/all people they came in close contact with and will reach out to those individuals. If you or any of your staff needs to quarantine, you will be contacted by the CRT individually.
In the event that members of your staff are asked to quarantine, you will receive notice that they cannot come to campus at this time. Please follow-up with the individuals whom you receive can’t come to campus notifications for to discuss the possibility of remote work.
- I got an email my employee cannot come to work. Do I need to disinfect the office?
Just because you got a notice from an employee does not mean they are positive. There's a range of reasons they can't come in. The COVID-19 Response Team will coordinate disinfection if necessary. To learn more about regular scheduled facility services, see Cleaning & Disinfection.
- I was in a space that is being disinfected. Do I need to quarantine?
No, you do not. To learn more about regular scheduled facility services, see Cleaning & Disinfection.