Contact Tracing

Contact tracing can help prevent further transmission of the virus by quickly identifying and informing people who may be infected and contagious, so they can take steps to not infect others. 

 

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1.  Report Your Positive Test Result

When Stamps Health Services receives a report of a positive Covid-19 test, the contact tracing process begins.

Report your positive test result to Stamps Health Services here:

2.  Anticipate a Call From the Contact Tracing Team

Georgia Tech works in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Public Health to conduct contact tracing.

You will be contacted by a member of the Georgia Tech contact notification team, who will do an initial case investigation to identify close contacts within the Georgia Tech community, and initiate notification of those contacts. You may also be contacted by contact tracers from the Georgia Department of Public Health for additional contact tracing.

A close contact is anyone who, for 15 or more minutes, was:

  • Within 6 feet of the person who tested positive, or
  • Had physical contact with the person, or
  • Was coughed or sneezed on by the person. 
     

What Happens When the Contact Tracing Team Contacts You?

  • They will ask questions about personal contacts as well as group environments you have been in.
  • They will work with the contact information you have provided, along with Institute-level information, to alert groups and individuals who were potentially affected. 
  • They will give you a code to send anonymous notifications to close contacts via the NOVID exposure notification app.
  • Please note: All communication from the contact tracing team on your behalf will be done anonymously, and your privacy will be protected. The identity of the person who tested positive will be kept confidential. 

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Exposure Notification App

The NOVID exposure notification app anonymously notifies students, staff, and faculty if they have potentially been exposed to Covid-19. Use of the app is voluntary, and it is available at no cost to members of the Georgia Tech community. Information about the app is available on the Covid Central portal.

Individuals who receive a notification through NOVID of a potential exposure will be encouraged to isolate themselves, monitor for symptoms, and be tested for the virus. Learn more about isolation and quarantine.

The app will provide directions for contacting relevant campus services when alerting a user that they have potentially been exposed.

Download the NOVID app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Enter the community code “JACKETS” in the settings.

How does the NOVID exposure notification app work?

  • NOVID captures no personally identifiable information from users.
  • The app exchanges information with other phones also running the app. It records a frequently changing code to other devices so they can be alerted if necessary — but without sharing any personally identifiable information.
  • Pairs of code interactions are stored on the NOVID server for a limited period of time.
  • NOVID leverages a combination of ultrasound and Bluetooth technology to note other devices that are within 6 feet, and only if they remain that close for 15 minutes or more.
  • By briefly using the device’s microphone and measuring the time sound takes to travel, ultrasound can accurately measure the distance between devices. It does not record phones that may be nearby but on the other side of a wall, preventing notifications that may not truly involve exposure risk.
  • If a student receives a positive Covid-19 test at Stamps Health Services, they will be given a one-time code that they can enter into the app, which will send a notification to other phones the app has recorded as potential exposures.
  • Community members who have received positive tests elsewhere on campus or off campus are required, as part of public health regulations, to report this to Stamps Health Services. They will also receive an app notification code after they have contacted Stamps.
  • Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Software Assurance Branch have evaluated NOVID for privacy protections to make sure it doesn’t record personal information that could identify users — and for cybersecurity issues to make sure it protects the device.

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Georgia Tech is taking an aggressive, multi-pronged approach for limiting the spread of the coronavirus on campus, and testing and contact tracing are important tools. This strategy relies heavily on support and participation from members of the campus community.

 

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Georgia Tech is taking an aggressive, multi-pronged approach for limiting the spread of the coronavirus on campus, and testing and contact tracing are important tools. This strategy relies heavily on support and participation from all members of the campus community.