COVID-19 CONTACT TRACING

Contact Tracing has been used for decades by state and local health departments to slow or stop the spread of communicable diseases. In addition to our infrastructure investments, new behavioral norms, and COVID-19 testing, contact tracing is another layer of safety that will help us minimize the presence of the COVID-19 virus on campus.

For questions regarding contact tracing, please view the short video below, and also review the Contact Tracing FAQs at the bottom of this page.

Contact Tracing FAQs

Why would I need to reach out to ContractTracing@pingry.org?

We ask that community members self-report any quarantines or isolations (whether from positive testing or known exposure and symptoms) to ContactTracing@pingry.org to help us protect the health and safety of our community. For questions regarding contact tracing, see the video above.

Who receives/reviews the emails sent to ContactTracing@pingry.org?

The following Pingry staff members receive the emails sent to ContactTracing@pingry.org:

  • Mike Saraceno, Contact Tracing Coordinator

  • Apu, Pingry Contact Tracer

  • David Fahey, Director of Operations, Safety and Strategic Initiatives

After receiving an email, it is reviewed and someone from the Contact Tracing Team is assigned to the case. This process helps keep the confidentiality of each person who submits a close contact and/or presumed/confirmed positive COVID-19 case.

Who is on the The Contact Tracing Team?

The Contact Tracing Team at Pingry consists of the following Certified Contact Tracers:

  • Apu, System Engineer 

  • Erin Boccher MS, ATC 

  • Gabriella D’Amodio MS, ATC

  • Jennifer DiBiasi BSN, RN

  • Paula Edell BSN, RN

  • Christopher Hellauer

  • Joyce Livak RN

  • Helena Moseman

  • Michael Saraceno CSCS, SCCC

  • Stephen Spezio MS, ATC, CSCS

What is the definition of ‘proactive quarantine’? Who will communicate this? 

If the lab returns a COVID-19 DETECTED reading for a pool of 24, those in the pool will go into a ‘proactive quarantine’ while the lab runs additional testing to narrow to a potentially positive pair. During this time we ask that all individuals in that specific pool self-quarantine at home until receipt of an “all-clear” email or contact from Pingry’s Contact Tracing Team.

When will someone from the Contact Tracing Team contact me?

Possible scenarios for why a Contact Tracer may contact you include (1) to follow up on self-reported isolations and quarantines, (2) to notify you of an identified need for isolation (e.g., resulting from testing) or quarantine (e.g., if you are identified as a contact), or (3) to monitor your progress during your isolation or quarantine.

Why is it important to answer the call from a contact tracer?

In accordance with the Community Pledge, we ask that you please answer the call of a Pingry certified contact tracer and answer any questions they may have to the best of your ability. Contact tracing is the process of identifying, assessing, and managing “contacts” who have been exposed to COVID-19 to prevent additional transmission. Identifying contacts and ensuring they do not interact with others is crucial to protecting our community from further spread. Contact tracers can also help guide you in your next steps and ensure you have the support you need. Please note that you will receive more information from your local health department for additional contact tracing efforts. 

Can you define ‘quarantine’ and ‘isolation’?

“Isolation” occurs when an individual is identified as COVID-19 positive (including confirmed positive, presumed positive and potentially positive) and helps minimize potential community transmission. Individuals in isolation will need to remain at home for a minimum of 10 days, starting on the date of sample collection and/or symptom presentation. Per CDC guidelines, in addition to the 10 day minimum, an individual must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms must be improving for an individual to leave isolation.

“Quarantine” applies to individuals identified as having had close contact with a case (i.e., within 6 feet for more than 10 consecutive minutes during the 3 days prior) and also helps minimize potential community transmission. The quarantine period is a mandatory 14 days since the last contact with a case, meaning that quarantines and isolations occurring in the same household may prolong the quarantine period.

However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who meets the following criteria (as per CDC guidelines) does NOT need to quarantine:
       Had COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months AND
       Has recovered AND
       Remains without COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath)

What is the difference between the terms confirmed positive, presumed positive, and potentially positive?

A confirmed positive COVID-19 case is one in which a person has been tested and yielded a laboratory positive result for COVID-19.
 
A presumed positive diagnosis is when an individual is feeling symptoms of COVID-19 and has had close contact with someone confirmed positive with COVID-19.
 
A potentially positive individual is someone who has been identified as one of two people in a potentially positive pair as a result of Pingry’s weekly COVID-19 testing. Anyone who receives notification that they are in a potentially positive pair is encouraged to submit testing results from an independent PCR test administered within 48 hours in order to clear their isolation status, return to campus, and Pingry related activities.