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Information on
COVID-19 Exposures

In order to limit the spread of coronavirus, the University is enacting health protocols to guide our response to cases, including reporting of exposures and contact tracing for confirmed cases. Below is more information on required actions, exposure protocols, and data concerning COVID-19 cases.

Reporting COVID-19 Exposures, Symptoms, and Confirmed Cases

In coordination with the University of Chicago Medicine and in accordance with federal, state and local health guidelines, the University has developed an Exposure Protocol for individuals who have suspected exposure to COVID-19, symptoms related to COVID-19, confirmed cases of the disease, or people who have recently traveled to areas with widespread, ongoing transmission.

Anyone who is covered under one of these scenarios must promptly self-report at C19HealthReport@uchicago.edu. This page provides information on University procedures for people with COVID-19 exposure, and updates on the number of cases and close contacts among people currently affiliated with the University and its locations in Hyde Park and downtown Chicago.

As of summer 2020, the University is collecting information on current cases from people who have self-reported to C19HealthReport@uchicago.edu. The University’s plans for Autumn Quarter 2020 call for COVID-19 testing of everyone living in University residence halls upon their arrival and routinely thereafter, in addition to routine testing of others with COVID-19 symptoms. The University will continue to provide information on current cases as we receive more data from testing.

Exposure Protocol

 The University has established this protocol for addressing confirmed or suspected COVID-19 exposures.

 

Contact Tracing

All reports made to C19HealthReport@uchicago.edu of a UChicago community member who has been exposed to COVID-19 or tested positive will be forwarded to the University’s Contact Tracing Team. A Contact Tracer will be assigned to interview each individual with confirmed COVID-19 to determine if they have been in close contact with other members of the University community.

close contact is defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chicago Department of Public Health as any individual who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes. The Contact Tracing Team will notify close University contacts of their exposure, provide them with public health recommendations to limit the spread of the virus, and direct them to University resources for further support. For further information, see the Exposure Protocol.

Data on COVID-19 Cases and Exposures

The University maintains a weekly count of cases reported to the C19HealthReport@uchicago.edu address. Although we require reporting of all cases involving the University-affiliated personnel, data based on self-reports may be incomplete. Based on the work of the Contact Tracing Team, we collect and share the number of University close contacts associated with each week’s cases. As this data expands to include more testing, we will include those numbers in the weekly summary

University of Chicago Contact Tracing Team Dashboard
Week of 7/5 to 7/11 Week of 7/12 to 7/18 Week of 7/19 to 7/25 Week of 7/26 to 8/1
Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts
3 0 0 0 3 1 1 0
University of Chicago Contact Tracing Team Dashboard
Week of 6/7 to 6/13 Week of 6/14 to 6/20 Week of 6/21 to 6/27 Week of 6/28 to 7/4
Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts
3 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
University of Chicago Contact Tracing Team Dashboard
Week of 8/2 to 8/8 Week of 8/9 to 8/15 Week of 8/16 to 8/22 Week of 8/23 to 8/29
Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts
1 1 2 9 1 0 5 6
University of Chicago Contact Tracing Team Dashboard
Week of 8/30 to 9/5 Week of 9/6 to 9/12 Week of 9/13 to 9/19 Week of 9/20 to 9/26 Week of 9/27 to 10/3
Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts Number of reported cases Number of University close contacts
3 0 3 0 4 0