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Exposure response FAQ


Are there any printed materials I can use in my classroom?

Yes! We’ve created two flyers that you can print and hang wherever you think is appropriate.

Who do I contact to help with questions or to report a COVID-19 case?

The COVID-19 reporting team. If you have any questions or believe you may have COVID-19, contact our team at:

Who is the COVID-19 reporting team?

Our team is composed of PCC employees from risk services, environmental health and safety (EHS), emergency preparedness, and the office of COVID-19 reopening.

What questions does the COVID-19 reporting team ask when I make a report?

The questions we ask are going to be specific to the situation, so we can’t make an exact list. Our first question is to determine if symptoms may be related to other health issues, for example, if you have a cough during allergy season.

If we determine that the symptoms indicate a potential COVID-19 risk, we’ll ask questions to help us identify others who may need to be contacted about possible exposure.

How fast does the COVID-19 reporting team respond?

Our team generally responds within 20 minutes of being contacted, except when reports come in late in the evening or very early morning.

Does PCC do contact tracing?

Per current Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines, contact tracing is not required.

Does PCC do any COVID-19 testing?

No. PCC does not offer COVID-19 testing except in our athletics programs and dental clinic as required by Oregon administrative rules.


Do I have to quarantine if I was exposed?

No. You may report to class after an exposure. However, if you don’t feel well we encourage you to stay home and seek out a COVID-19 test. If you get tested, please let our team know of the results so we can provide further instructions.

Will the COVID-19 reporting team tell my manager that I have been asked to quarantine?

We will include your manager in our quarantine instructions if we have their contact information. However, it is your responsibility to contact your manager to ensure they know you will be away from work.

Exposures and notifications

Who is notified when there’s an exposure?

When a person reports that they were on campus when potentially infectious, the date and location of the person will be posted on the on-campus COVID-19 case dashboard.

What kind of cleaning is done in areas included in the exposure?

The type of cleaning our custodian team does in an area depends on the amount of time that has passed since the exposure. PCC follows this CDC-recommended cleaning process.

  • If less than 24 hours have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, clean and disinfect the space.
  • If more than 24 hours have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, cleaning is enough. You may choose to also disinfect depending on certain conditions or everyday practices required by your facility.
  • If more than 3 days have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, no additional cleaning (beyond regular cleaning practices) is needed.
What happens if there’s a COVID-19 outbreak at PCC?

PCC works closely with the local county health department to prevent further transmission and start contact tracing. We also think it’s important to mention that multiple positive cases at a PCC site do not mean there’s an outbreak.

Student self-check

What do I do if a student’s self-check has a red flag?

Nothing unless the student comes to class.

What does a red flag mean?

It means they reported symptoms or an exposure during their self-check. This doesn’t necessarily mean they have COVID-19.

What happens when a student receives a red flag?

The student receives a message telling them not to go to class and to contact the COVID-19 reporting team. Simultaneously, the COVID-19 reporting team gets an email with their name and reasons for the notification. We then email the student about the notification. The content of the email will depend on the reasons they were flagged.

What do I do if a student comes to class after receiving a red flag or symptoms?

Ask the student if they’ve contacted the COVID-19 reporting team. If they have, our team would have sent them an email if they were cleared to come to class after the self-check.

What do I do if a student won’t complete a self-check?

Treat this like any other kind of conduct violation. Ask the students to complete the self-check immediately and then to start completing it prior to arriving at the PCC campus. Explain that the self-check is part of PCC’s health and safety guidelines and it must be completed prior to arriving. If action is necessary past this, take a look at our enforcement and complaint resource page for more information.

How are self-checks recorded and can I monitor my classes?

The checks are recorded in Banner and you can choose to monitor them on your Summary Class List. Here are instructions for how to monitor daily student self-checks. You do not need to verify this data at the start of your class, but you’re welcome to remind and encourage students to do it on a daily basis.

My student reported they had COVID-19, what do I do?

Tell them not to report to class and contact the COVID-19 reporting team for further instructions.

My student reported they had to quarantine, what do I do?

They won’t be able to attend classes. Address this the way you would for any student who won’t be able to attend class for a lengthy period of time.

My student got sick in class, what do I do?

Respectfully encourage the student to leave class. Keep in mind that others in the class may be concerned and may not be able to concentrate on work. Consider ending the class and then contacting the COVID-19 reporting team for further information.

Do students have health and safety training?

Yes, students can find the health and safety training on the MyPCC Home tab under COVID-19 student health and safety training.

Does PCC have the self-check in multiple languages?

Yes, PCC has translations of our COVID-19 essentials, including the self-check, in many different languages. See the self-check information in multiple languages.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19

If you have been to a PCC campus or center while you may have been contagious for COVID-19, please notify the COVID-19 Reporting Team at covidreporting@pcc.edu.

Have a question?

If you have any questions about the topics listed above or on any topic relating to COVID-19, please email covidquestions@pcc.edu.