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Contact Tracing

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The contact tracing team, which is part of the university’s public health office, will work with those on campus who believe they may have come in contact with COVID, and those who have been infected with COVID.

The public health office can be reached at: publichealth@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-2968

When should you contact the Boise State public health office?

  • If you have tested positive for COVID
  • If you are feeling symptomatic
  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID

What happens when you contact the Public Health Team?

  1. Your symptoms will be evaluated to determine if isolation is needed.
  2. Your potential exposures will be evaluated to determine if quarantine is needed.
  3. Appropriate resources will be shared with you.
  4. A date (subject to change) to discontinue isolation/quarantine will be provided.
  5. You will be directed – without sharing medical details and as appropriate – to coordinators associated with academics, student housing and/or human resources.

Communication with individuals and locations outside of the Boise State campus community will be conducted by Central District Health.

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What happens if you are contacted by the tracing team

Contact tracing team members will work with COVID-positive students, faculty and staff to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the time frame that they may have been infectious. Public health staff then will begin contact tracing by warning exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible.

Contacts who are told that they may have been exposed to a COVID-positive individual will be provided education, information and support to understand their risk. They will be counseled on what they should do to separate themselves from others who are not exposed, how to monitor themselves for illness and warned about the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they themselves do not feel ill.

Because contact tracing at Boise State is initiated based on self-report, the university’s public health office can provide guidance faster and initiate response sooner than if the university were relying solely on the local health department. The team will provide a daily check-in as you work your way through the entire process.