Fall 2020 > Resources > COVID-19 Reporting Protocol

Protocol for Reporting Confirmed COVID-19 Cases or Exposure

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

The university requires reporting of confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 and cases where people suspect they were exposed to COVID-19. DePaul receives information from many sources, including the Chicago Department of Public Health. Submitting this information through the #CampusClear app is not considered a report to the university. The reporting mechanisms shared below must be used.

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 or Exposure

All faculty, staff and students must inform the university if they have tested positive for COVID-19, received a COVID-19 diagnosis, they learn of a positive case of COVID-19 at DePaul or they believe they were exposed to COVID-19. 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.

Cases also may be reported to DePaul at (773) 325-3300. A university contact tracer is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

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.

General Notification to DePaul Community

Each time a positive COVID-19 case occurs with an individual who was on-campus while potentially infectious, faculty, staff and students will receive an email notification from DePaulCommunityHealth@depaul.edu. The notification will include two pieces of information: the timeframe the individual was on campus and what facilities they visited. The individual’s identity and other details about the person or their illness will not be shared.



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