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Isolation & Contact Tracing

If You Test Positive

If you receive a positive test result, isolate and submit the Self-Reporting Form immediately. Monitor your AU email; you will be contacted shortly with next steps. 

Self-Isolation

If your positive test or symptom onset was in the past five days, please self-isolate immediately. Day Zero of isolation is the date the positive test was administered or the day of symptom onset, whichever was later.

Do NOT come work or classes in person or attend any in-person university events or programs during your isolation period. Please stay home, separate yourself from others, monitor your health, and follow any directions provided by your state or local health department and/or healthcare provider. 

Students, work with your faculty members directly to make alternative arrangements as necessary while you are self-isolating or recuperating. If you've submitted your positive results via the AU portal, you'll be provided with a letter from the Office of the Dean of Students to share with your faculty and advisor. You can also contact your academic advisor or the Office of the Dean of Students for additional support as needed. 

Faculty and staff, notify your supervisor that you will not be able to come to campus. You will receive additional information via email from the Office of Human Resources. If you have questions regarding your work arrangements, please contact employeerelations@american.edu.

Release from Isolation

You may be released from isolation on Day Six if you do not have symptoms.  You must wear a mask in public for at least five additional days (Days 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10). 

Residential Students: Isolate in Room

Any student who lives in AU-operated housing and tests positve must either:

  • self-isolate in their room for the full length of isolation; or, 
  • find alternate accommodations outside of AU Housing spaces (such as at home) during isolation. Students will not be relocated and will not be permitted to move to any other residence hall during the isolation period.

Guide for Students Isolating in Room

Students who live in AU Housing, please see the COVID Guide for Residential Students: What to Know About Isolating in Your Room, which describes isolation protocols, roommate protocols, how dining works, how to get packages, support services, testing out of isolation, and more.

If You're Exposed

  • Start wearing a mask as soon as you find out you were exposed (if it has been less than 10 days since exposure.)
  • Take precautions and wear a mask for 10 days, as you can still develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after exposure. 
  • Get tested at least 5 days after your last exposure.
    • If negative, take precautions through Day 10 post-exposure.
    • If positive, isolate immediately,
  • If symptoms develop at any time in the 10 days after exposure, self-isolate immediately and get tested.

Contact Tracing

Steps in the Process

If you test positive for Covid-19, you must submit a Self-Report form to notify us of your test result and report your university close contacts. As soon as AU is aware that you have a positive Covid test, the following steps will be followed:

  • You will receive an email to your AU email account from AU's Affiliate Notification Team (covidnotification@american.edu). The email will contain information on the isolation process and university resources for navigating health-related absence from the university.
  • A case coordinator will review your self-reported close contacts. They will contact you if they have any questions. 
  • Notification to AU-affiliated contacts. A case coordinator will email any close contacts identified in your self-report form and provide them with guidance. Your close contacts will be notified of the date of potential exposure, but identifying information about you will not be shared.
  • Case information sent to DC Health. AU's Affilliate Notification Team coordinates with DC Health. Select information gathered by your case coordinator may be shared with DC Health to assist their Covid-19 surveillance efforts.

Questions? If you have questions regarding the Affiliate Notification Team or contact tracing process, please email CovidNotification@american.edu, or reach out to the team at 202-885-7950.

Contact Information

More questions? For specific issues not addressed on this page, please email: covidhealth@american.edu