Viking Flex Plan Update — September 4

COVID-19 Basics #ForAU


Contact Tracing: process through which those who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are identified so they can quarantine and stop further spread.

Isolation: separates for at least 10 days those who have tested positive for COVID-19 from those who have not.

Quarantine: separates and restricts, for 14 days from time of contact, the movement of those who have been exposed to COVID-19 so they may self-monitor for symptoms of infection.

Close Contact: any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset — for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to the infected person’s positive specimen collection.


Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, loss of smell and/or taste, and body ache.

In some people, COVID-19 causes more severe symptoms like high fever, severe cough, and shortness of breath, which often indicates pneumonia.

Some individuals do not experience any symptoms from COVID-19.

Testing, Quarantine and Self-Isolation

Students and employees who test positive (and are not close contacts) can return to campus after 10 days if symptoms have resolved.

Close contacts will be notified by Augustana University and will need to remain off campus in quarantine for 14 days due to the incubation period of the virus.

Close contacts cannot “test-out” of quarantine.

Students in quarantine and/or self-isolation will be monitored by the contact tracing team and supported with care from the University.

Exposure to a Close Contact
If you are healthy and the exposed person you came into contact with did not have any symptoms, you do not have to get tested or quarantine.

Wear a mask, practice hand hygiene, self-monitor for symptoms and practice physical distancing.


Person A is COVID-19 positive and needs to self-isolate for 10 days. Person B has been within 6 feet of Person A for greater than 15 minutes. Person B is considered a close contact and needs to quarantine for 14 days even if asymptomatic. Person C has been closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes to asymptomatic Person BPerson C is not considered a close contact and does not need to be quarantined as long as Person B is asymptomatic. Person C needs to continue to wear a mask, practice hand hygiene, self-monitor for symptoms, and practice physical distancing.

If you are experiencing symptoms, do not go to class, report to work or attend campus events. Contact your primary care physician. If you have questions, or are being tested for COVID-19, please contact Employee Health at or 605.274.4726.

Note: Protocols are subject to change per CDC guidance and recommendations from local health authorities.