During the contact tracing process, public health professionals work with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 to help them recall those with whom they had close contact when they may have been contagious. The goal is to quickly identify and alert those who were potentially exposed and take action to reduce the risk of further transmission.
While contact tracing activities are usually led by the local health department, many jurisdictions (including Multnomah County) have discontinued case investigation and contact tracing support for institutes of higher education. Reed College will continue to conduct internal contact tracing activities as resources allow. Students, faculty, or staff diagnosed with COVID-19 or identified as potentially exposed will be contacted directly by Reed College, usually within 24 hours of the college’s notification.
If you have not been notified but believe you had close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 (defined as physical contact within six feet of distance for a cumulative period of 10 minutes or more), please reach out to Health & Counseling Services or Human Resources.