Contact Tracing

Consistent with the Virginia Department of Health’s guidance, the University is partnering with the VDH and the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts to support contact tracing among students, faculty, and staff. 

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COVIDWISE Exposure Notification App

The Commonwealth of Virginia has developed a new tool to notify people if they are potentially a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19: COVIDWISE, Virginia's COVID-19 exposure notification app. Virginia is the first state in the U.S. to use the Apple-Google contact-tracing technology built into iPhones and Android phones.

The COVIDWISE app is not a UR-owned app, but is a tool that may serve to augment our campus community’s extensive prevention strategies. The app uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to quickly notify users who have been within six feet of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes and, as a result, may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If the app notifies you that you may have been exposed, it will provide further instructions from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) on how to keep you and the people around you safe. VDH notes that the app does not track your location or identity, and it does not store location data.

Learn more about how COVIDWISE works at covidwise.org. We encourange all students, faculty and staff to download the free app from the iPhone App Store or Android Google Play Store.

Contact Tracing Protocols

The University’s plan for supporting contact tracing includes the elements listed below.

  • REPORTING OF TEST RESULTS: The University will ensure that COVID-19 test results are reported in accordance with VDH protocols.
  • LOGGING CLOSE CONTACTS: All students, faculty, and staff will be required to log their close contacts on a daily basis and to maintain such logs in the event needed to support contact tracing. The University will use the VDH definition of a close contact.
  • ASSIGNED SEATS AND ATTENDANCE IN CLASSROOMS: The University will request that faculty utilize assigned seats for students in classrooms and maintain attendance records to facilitate contact tracing.
  • PRIMARY CONTACTS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS: The University shall designate one or more contacts in its Student Health Center for coordinating contact tracing among students and one or more contacts in its human resources office for coordinating contact tracing among faculty and staff.
  • OUTREACH ASSISTANCE: The University will assist the health department with contacting students, faculty, and staff identified during contact tracing.
  • REFERRAL TO ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE: The University will have dedicated isolation and quarantine space for residential students. Upon identification of a close contact of an infected person, the University’s Student Health Center, in the case of students, or Human Resources Department, in the case of faculty and staff, will notify the close contact of the need for quarantine.