Contact Tracing

A robust contact tracing strategy, implemented in coordination with the Rhode Island Department of Health, is essential to Brown’s measures for minimizing the risk of community spread.

Brown has identified staff in University Health Services who are assisting with contact tracing of students who test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 — and staff in University Human Resources who perform the same duties for faculty and staff who test positive.

All of these employees have completed a “COVID-19 Contact Tracing” training program provided by Johns Hopkins University through Coursera. They use an established protocol to follow up on all positive SARS-CoV-2 tests in students, faculty and staff, identifying potential Brown community contacts using available digital applications and through virtual interviews of those with positive SARS-CoV-2 swabs. With each individual’s contact tracing log, they identify contacts, and provide them with guidance on isolation, quarantine or other measures to protect individual and community health.

Brown’s contact tracers also work in coordination with the Rhode Island Department of Health’s own contact tracing efforts. The numbers of trained contact tracers is adjusted throughout the year based on demand.

Additional information on Brown’s contact tracing protocols is available in Appendix A of the Plan for a Healthy and Safe 2020-21.