What’s meant by “close contact” with COVID-19?

October 22, 2020

The CDC defines “close contact” as occurring when a person is “within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient isolated.”

UWM’s safety policies are intended to prevent close contact of instructors and students in the classroom and campus setting–students are required to sit in seats spaced at least six-feet apart, and everyone is required to wear a mask/face covering. Both instructors and students are responsible for maintaining a safe classroom environment by wearing a mask and attending to proximity and duration of exposure. Like faculty and staff, students also had to complete an attestation of having completed the COVID safety program.