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Referrals for Contact Tracing

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who identify themselves as close contacts of students who have tested positive can call Penn State Contact Tracing at 814-863-8800 or email them at to report a positive result. 

The goal of the information gathering is to help focus on identifying, notifying, and monitoring students who have come in close contact with a student who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 while they were infectious.

Contact Tracing FAQs

Does HIPPA prohibit Penn State from using and/or sharing my information during the contact tracing process?

In limited circumstances, HIPAA allows for the sharing of certain health information for the purposes of public health. Controlling the spread of COVID-19 through contact tracing and protecting the Penn State community is considered a public health activity. However, Penn State's contact tracing initiatives follow the "minimum necessary" principle, which means that, wherever possible, identifiable information is not shared. 

What happens if I am identified as a close contact through the contact tracing process?

More information on when close contacts need to quarantine can be found on the virus info site. 

How will I be contacted if I am identified during the contact tracing process?

Learn more about how you will be contacted on Penn State's virus info website

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