Our contact tracing initiative
Aggressive surveillance testing, case investigation and thorough contact tracing allows us to identify trends and move quickly to isolate cases and protect the campus community. Bryant’s contact tracers identify individuals who have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and break the chain of infection by limiting the exposed individual’s contact with other members of the community until the risk of infection has passed.
For contact tracing to be effective, students and employees must keep careful records of their locations each day, as well as any individuals with whom they have had close contact (i.e., physical contact, or being within 6 feet of another individual for 15+ minutes).
Consider using the following strategies to track locations and contacts:
- Place a reminder in your phone for the end of each day to write down all the places you have been and people you have been in close contact with.
- Store your daily location and contact log in an electronic note or Google doc so you can access it anytime, anywhere. Be prepared to show this log to contact tracers if you are asked.
- As a supplement to the strategies above, install and run the Crush Covid Rhode Island app on your smartphone. The My Location Diary feature within the app uses GPS data from your phone to track your locations. If you test positive for COVID-19 and agree to share this information, the app will identify the places you went in the last 20 days, and identify others (it can only identify others who are also running the app) that you were in close contact with.
Taking actions to limit the number of close contacts limits your risk for infection, and will limit the number of others that you place at risk for infection if you become symptomatic