Contact tracing

Under the direction of the Boone County public health officials, the University of Missouri’s contact tracing team will oversee contact tracing for students who test positive for COVID-19.

When someone tests positive

Once a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be asked to create a list of any person they have come into contact with during the 48 hours before exhibiting symptoms (if symptomatic) or the positive diagnosis (if asymptomatic).

Any individual who was possibly exposed to COVID-19 will receive a call from a tracer with the date of possible exposure and expectations for a 14-day quarantine. Close contacts will not be informed of the name or any other identifying information of the person who potentially exposed them due to federal privacy laws. Individuals asked to quarantine will receive regular wellness check calls during that time.

Asymptomatic individuals will be tested 7-9 days after potential exposure to minimize the chance of false negative results. Individuals experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested immediately.

Individuals who test negative must quarantine for 14 days after the date of possible exposure. Those who test positive are expected to isolate until they are released by a case investigator or Care Team member.

Additional Information

A close contact is a person who has had contact for a cumulative 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of a person who tested positive for the virus. You are also considered a close contact if you have had physical contact with a COVID-19 positive patient.

The university has taken precautions to ensure the classroom environment is arranged so those sharing a classroom maintain 6-foot distances and wear face coverings. If these practices are followed and if a case is discovered in a class, the rest of the class will not be considered close contacts.

If you believe you may have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you should contact the MU Student Health Center or your own provider. Do not come to campus if you believe you may have contracted the virus.

First, do not share any personal or personally identifying information about the individual. This is prohibited under federal privacy laws.

Only close contacts will be contacted by the contact tracing team.  If contact tracers reach out to you, you will be asked to quarantine for an appropriate period of time. You may not be considered a close contact because our classrooms and common areas have been rearranged to ensure a 6-foot distance, and all students, faculty and staff are required to wear face coverings in campus buildings.

Contact tracers will notify and manage next steps with anyone who is considered a close contact. Close contacts will be tested 7-9 days after exposure. Students in quarantine awaiting testing may wish to inform their instructors of their absense from any in-person class.

Students who test positive must notify the MU Student Health Center within four hours of receiving their positive test results by submitting a secure online form, and they must notify their instructors they will not be attending class to make arrangements to continue their studies remotely, if they are able.