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CDC Updates Definition Of Close Contacts

Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), updated its definition of who is at risk of contracting coronavirus to include people who come into close contact with infected individuals in multiple short periods of time over a 24-hour period. This new definition of "close contact" expands the pool of those deemed in danger of being infected by the virus after being around someone with the virus. 

  • The old way (solid block of 15 mins):  someone is identified as a close contact if they were with someone for 15 or more minutes at one time while being less than 6 feet away (mask or no mask), 2 days before illness onset or positive sample collection date. 
  • The new way (cumulate 15 minutes over 24 hours):  someone is identified as a close contact if they spent a total of 15 or more minutes over a 24 hour period with the person. (ie, you were with that person 3 separate times in one day for 5 minutes each time)

Lausanne's current policy states that as we are notified of anyone positive or anyone who has come into close contact with a positive person:

  • We confirm the information
  • Communicate isolation requirements to the person impacted
  • Communicate to the division heads or Lausanne Admin group who then assist in contact tracing
  • Communicate to the community (this could be just the class, cohort, grade, division, or entire school depending on the situation)

    *We try to do this all as fast as possible, but with enough time and care spent to make sure we are sending out the correct information.  You may see some communication happen more quickly than others due to the fact that some require more time to gather all the details. 

Through our partnership with Poplar Healthcare, we do have the ability to do testing of those on campus.  However, this testing is mostly limited to the screening of individuals. We also sometimes test faculty or staff and students who we determine have been in close contact with a positive person prior to their leaving campus (typically done from the parking lot).  If we test someone for a reason other than screening, we then have the duty to also isolate that person from campus. 

Further, if you test outside of Lausanne because you think you might have the virus, please do not come to campus until you have the negative results from that test and consult with Jo Turnage or Stewart Crais.