What happens if my roommate or coworker tests positive for COVID-19?

If a student or employee has tested positive, they cannot attend classes or go to work until cleared to do so by the Protect Purdue Health Center. Having a coworker test positive does not automatically mean that you should be tested – although you can be tested if you choose to. 

A contact tracing team will assess all contacts and determine whether the exposure was low risk or high risk (defined as more than 15 minutes within 6 feet, especially indoors without using PPE). Low-risk contacts are not required to test for COVID-19; however, they may choose to be tested. High-risk contacts may be asked to test. If the person who tested positive was tested off-campus, the Protect Purdue Health Center is not notified. The county health department will be responsible for contact tracing.