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Protocol for Reporting Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

​​​​​​DePaul is providing this information regarding protocol for reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the university community in an effort to create as much transparency as possible about the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The university has encouraged reporting of confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 and has received information from many sources, including the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Working with public health officials, DePaul has investigated reports and taken action to protect faculty, staff and students.

Patient Privacy

In all instances, it is our responsibility, as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to maintain the privacy and anonymity of those individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those who may be part of any contact investigation. DePaul's support for those who are affected will include doing all we collectively can, including respecting their privacy. Please remember to honor this commitment to privacy for those who contract the virus.

Report ​New Cases of COVID-19

All faculty, staff and students​ must inform the university if they have tested positive for COVID-19, received a COVID-19 diagnosis or if they learn of a positive case of COVID-19 at DePaul. This will allow the university to provide the resources and support people need, and also determine if others were exposed and may be at risk. 

While many are working and learning remotely, these procedures are still important. ​

To the extent possible, the university will protect the privacy and anonymity of those who test positive for COVID-19 and those who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Notifications to Potentially Exposed Individuals

DePaul follows protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health authorities and consults with the university's expert physician from AMITA Medical Group to determine who should be informed about university-related COVID-19 cases. Each situation is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

DePaul staff or a local public health agency may notify you if it is determined that you came into contact with someone affiliated with DePaul who is confirmed to have COVID-19,​ even if the risk of exposure to you is considered minimal.​