COVID-19 - Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine

Dear Campus,

This message is to provide reminders and guidance to those who may be exposed to COVID-19 and identified as a close contact. Please note, there are distinct differences in requirements for individuals who are fully vaccinated and those who aren’t fully vaccinated. All of this information can be found here on the Bradley Unite website and is derived from CDC guidelines.

Contact tracing

Contact tracing identifies and supports people (contacts) who may have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive patient. If a member of the Bradley community tests positive for COVID-19, their close contacts who are affiliated with Bradley will be notified, regardless of vaccination status, and given information on next steps. The university won’t share the infected person’s name or identity, as per HIPAA guidelines.

  • Close contacts - further information regarding the identification of close contacts through contact tracing can be found here

    • Fully vaccinated individuals who are identified as a close contact and are asymptomatic don’t need to quarantine, in accordance with CDC guidelines. 

    • Individuals who aren’t fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact are required to quarantine

  • Classes  

    • Students who are fully vaccinated, asymptomatic and identified as a close contact are expected to attend class.

    • Instructors will be notified by the university through Navigate only if a student must quarantine or isolate. Students will need to discuss any assignments with their instructor to ensure they’re completing all of the course requirements. Instructors haven’t been asked to provide the same kind of hyflex instruction as last year (i.e., the ability to Zoom into class). Instructors will determine the best ways to accommodate students who’ve been placed in quarantine or isolation with COVID-19. 

  • Close contacts and COVID-19 testing

    • For those who are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact, we recommend you get tested 3-5 days after your exposure. Fully vaccinated students may test within the Health Center only within this 3-5 day window and if you’re identified as a close contact. Asymptomatic students are expected to attend class during this period as well. Faculty and staff may test with your primary care physician or at another testing location

    • For those who aren’t fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact, you must quarantine for 10 days following the last exposure with the COVID positive patient. Whether or not you choose to get tested, your quarantine period will be these 10 days.

    • If you exhibit symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, you should get tested and follow protocols based on your test result. Students should test in the Health Center and faculty and staff may test with your primary care physician or at another testing location.

  • If you’re identified as a close contact by an outside medical source, students must report to Health Services at 309-677-2700 and employees must report it through this self- report form and report the case to their supervisor or HR. 

Isolation and Quarantine 

Bradley University is committed to providing support for students who are in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. It’s the responsibility of students, faculty, and staff to adhere to the quarantine and isolation guidelines, as they’re critical to ensure everyone’s safety.

  • Students should report any positive test results obtained off campus to Health Services at 309-677-2700. 

  • Employees should report a positive COVID-19 test through this self- report form and report the case to their supervisor or HR.

  • Instructors will be notified through Navigate if a student must quarantine or isolate. Only notifications through Navigate should be accepted by faculty. 

This week the vaccination rate for students is over 73% and the rate for employees is nearing 75%. The COVID-19 positivity rate on campus this week is just over 1%. Thank you for making Bradley better every day!  #BradleyUnite

Some media in Bradley University's current print, video and online materials was acquired before the COVID-19 pandemic. Media acquired after the pandemic began was done so in compliance with Bradley's COVID-19 safety protocols at the time. The ongoing safety of our faculty, staff and students is of the utmost concern during these unprecedented times.