Screening and Contact Tracing
Daily self screening is required for all students, faculty, and staff who come onto campus. The COVID-19 Daily Self Assessment is available on the MyRISD app and my.risd.edu, or as a printable PDF. Once you download the MyRISD app, select your persona as either Student or Staff & Faculty. Then select the COVID-19 Daily Self Assessment tile and complete the self assessment.
MyRISD is also available on the desktop. Go to my.risd.edu. Remember to select your persona as either Student or Staff & Faculty. Then select the COVID-19 Daily Self Assessment tile and complete the self assessment. Additional information and help with the MyRISD app can be found at itservices.risd.edu.
If a student or employee is feeling symptomatic, they will be directed to consult with Student Health Services (students) or notify their supervisor and consult their healthcare provider (employees).
To protect privacy, RISD will not monitor screening answers or any other personal medical information, but only use global analytics to understand frequency of use across the community and to aid education efforts.
A robust contact tracing strategy in coordination with the Rhode Island Department of Health, will minimize the risk of community spread. RISD has identified and trained numerous staff who are assisting with contact tracing of students and employees who test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.
All of these staff are required to complete a “COVID-19 Contact Tracing” training program provided by Johns Hopkins University. They will use an established protocol to follow up on all positive SARS-CoV-2 tests in students, faculty and staff, identifying potential Brown community contacts using available digital applications and through virtual interviews of those with positive SARS-CoV-2 swabs.
Process of Notification
When a community member tests positive for COVID-19, a clinician interviews the patient to determine their close contacts. A contact tracer from RISD then reaches to those RISD close contacts as well as the RI DOH and without disclosing the name of the patient, informs them they have been exposed to a positive case. The contact tracer ensures that the close contacts have an adequate space to quarantine, and will instruct them on how to limit their contact with other people during the quarantine period.
The contacts will be assigned a beginning and end date for their quarantine, and will be asked to get a COVID test on the fifth day of their quarantine. They will also be asked to monitor their health carefully. If the close contacts are students, faculty will be notified that the student is either in isolation or quarantine and will not be attending class until further notice.
Definition of Close Contact
A close contact is defined as someone who has had one of the following interactions with the infected person starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated:
- was within six feet of an infected person for a total 15 minutes or more — so shorter but repeated contacts that add up to 15 minutes over a 24-hour period
- had direct contact with infectious secretions of a person with COVID-19 such as being coughed on
- is living with or sharing a bathroom with the infected person
Per CDC and DOH guidelines, only close contacts are required to quarantine. RISD also tests close contacts exactly five days after their last interaction with the person who received a positive result.
All community members will be expected to adopt the contact tracing technology, Crush COVID RI, offered by the State of Rhode Island and/or keep a journal that records daily activity in order to help in tracing.
Notification of contacts will not disclose the infected individual’s identity without their consent.