Contact tracing is part of the process of supporting campus employees and students, providing warning to contacts of exposure, and stopping chains of transmission of COVID-19. In general, contact tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease (cases) and people with whom they came in contact (contacts) and working with them to interrupt disease spread.
Stout’s operational plan involves safety protocols in alignment with the CDC. However, the campus employs contact tracers to assist in notifying stakeholders should a Stout student test positive for COVID-19. Public Health will conduct contact tracing for employees.
In order to assist with tracing, Stout stakeholders are asked to assist with the following:
1. Instructors will maintain seating charts and take attendance for each in-person class activity. This type of attendance tracking is not for class participation credit or grading purposes. Because students will be encouraged to stay home whenever they are ill, instructors should not penalize students for not attending class in-person when ill, isolated, or quarantined, and should not require medical documentation for absences.
2. Visitors to campus will be recorded as noted in the Vendor/Invited Guest Tracing section below.
Visitor and Vendor Tracing
Due to the need to assist with contact tracing, all vendors/invited guests should be registered daily via the Vendor/Invited Guest Registration Form. Coordination of the registration for the vendor/invited guest should be done by the campus host. Vendors with multiple employees reporting to campus are only required to complete one registration form daily for all employees (the form will request information regarding the quantity of employees on campus). A list of registered vendors/invited guests can be referenced by all campus employees by visiting the Registered Vendor & Invited Guest List on the facilities management website.
A visitor guide has been developed that communicates expectations for visitors. Departments hosting visitors should communicate campus safety protocol expectations and provide visitors with the guide prior to their campus visit.
WI Department of Health Exposure Notification App
Employees and students are encouraged to use the WI Department of Health Exposure Notification app to slow the spread of COVID-19. The app is available for download for free from the Google Play Store or can be enabled under settings on an iPhone. The app allows for an anonymous exchange of signals with other phones that are near it for at least 15 minutes. If someone who has the app tests positive for COVID-19, they can send an alert using the app to the phones with the signals. This will allow people who are close contacts to quickly receive care and avoid exposing others to the virus. Please visit this website for additional information.