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Pepperdine Restoration Plan

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is the process of identifying persons who may have come into contact with a presumed or confirmed COVID-19 patient and the subsequent collection of further information about these contacts. Per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health requirements, Pepperdine must conduct contact tracing for its community. Therefore, Pepperdine has hired and trained additional medical personnel in the Student Health Center to conduct contact tracing for all positive cases of COVID-19 in the faculty, staff, and student communities in line with L.A. County Public Health requirements. This process is designed to rapidly identify potential exposures while appropriately respecting confidentiality.

Notification to Positive Case

If a test is conducted by the Student Health Center, after notifying the patient of the positive test results, the Student Health Center will initiate the contact tracing process.

For positive test results received outside of the Student Health Center, the patient should immediately report the positive result to the Student Health Center to begin the contact tracing process.

Tracing Process

Contact tracers will then conduct an interview with the positive case to identify those at high risk for contracting COVID-19 due to recent exposure. Those at high risk include close contacts identified as an individual who was within six feet of the documented case during their contagious period for more than 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. The contagious period is defined as 48 hours prior to the symptoms developing or 48 hours prior to a positive case. Pepperdine may extend this period to be conservative, when feasible, in our residential living community.

Contact tracers identify and communicate with close contacts in order to obtain information and to advise what recommendations to follow regarding but not limited to, quarantine, criteria for transition to isolation, and access to testing (if applicable). If any close contacts test positive immediately or during quarantine, this person will be transferred to isolation, and a new tracing process will begin, for the subsequent positive case. Others identified to be potentially exposed, but not meeting CDC criteria for close contacts needing quarantine, may be contacted and asked to self-monitor for 14 days and notify the SHC if they begin to develop symptoms.

Coordination with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

In compliance with established protocols, the University will continue to coordinate closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which will work with the University to monitor conditions, identify potential trends or hot spots, and recommend subsequent action.

Contact Tracing and Phishing Scams

Contact tracing scams are emerging where people pretending they are doing contact tracing for COVID-19 may call, visit, write, or email and try to get information or money from you. Pepperdine and/or the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is calling, emailing, and writing to people who have COVID-19 and people who they may have been in contact with, but, rest assured, they will never request a social security number or financial information, or ask for money. Learn more about contact tracing scams on the L.A. County Public Health COVID-19 Scams and Fraud webpage.

For questions, please contact the COVID-19 Information Line at covid19info@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.8111.