Screening, Testing and Contact Tracing

If you are diagnosed with, exposed to or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and are unsure what your next steps should be, please reference the sections below as your guide. 

What to do if   Guidance for Employees   Additional Resources   Contact Tracing FAQs

What Do I Do If...

 
  1. Don't Come to Campus

    You are not to come to campus, or you need to leave campus immediately.

  2. Inform Southeast Tech

    As soon as possible, inform a Southeast Technical College contact tracer at  covidreporting@southeasttech.edu or 605-367-5688. Southeast Tech will work with you and the Department of Health to determine when you may return to campus.

  3. Communicate

    Communicate with your instructors to see if you can work on your courses remotely.

  4. Self-Isolate

    Self-isolate – stay home for a minimum of 10 days since the day you had a positive test or showed symptoms of COVID 19; avoid contact with other people. A Southeast Tech contact tracer will work with you to determine next steps

 
  1. Don't Come to Campus

    You are not to come to campus, or you need to leave campus immediately.

  2. Inform Southeast Tech

    As soon as possible, inform a Southeast Technical College contact tracer at  covidreporting@southeasttech.edu or 605-367-5688. Southeast Tech will work with you and the Department of Health to determine when you may return to campus.

  3. Communicate

    Communicate with your instructors to see if you can work on your courses remotely.

  4. Contact your healthcare provider

    Contact your healthcare provider for further guidance and/or the South Dakota COVID-19 Information Line at 1-800-997-2880; next steps will depend on medical advice.  Keep in communication with a Southeast Tech contact tracer.

 
  1. Don't Come to Campus

    You are not to come to campus, or you need to leave campus immediately.

  2. Inform Southeast Tech

    As soon as possible, inform a Southeast Technical College contact tracer at  covidreporting@southeasttech.edu or 605-367-5688. Southeast Tech will work with you and the Department of Health to determine when you may return to campus.

  3. Communicate

    Communicate with your instructors to see if you can work on your courses remotely.

  4. Self-Quarantine

    Self-quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with the positive person and self-monitor. Keep in communication with a Southeast Tech contact tracer.
     
 
  1. Don't Come to Campus

    You are not to come to campus, or you need to leave campus immediately.

  2. Inform Southeast Tech

    As soon as possible, inform a Southeast Technical College contact tracer at  covidreporting@southeasttech.edu or 605-367-5688. Southeast Tech will work with you and the Department of Health to determine when you may return to campus.

  3. Communicate

    Communicate with your instructors to see if you can work on your courses remotely.

  4. Self-Quarantine

    Close contacts with NO SYMPTOMS will quarantine for 10 days after the date they were first exposed to the positive case of COVID-19.  These persons should continue to monitor their symptoms for 14 days.

    Release from quarantine after a 7-day quarantine can be accomplished if ALL the following criteria are met:

    1. A test is performed on Day 5 or later of quarantine and the result is negative,
    2. No symptoms of COVID-19 develop (remain asymptomatic), and,
    3. Self-monitoring for symptoms [check temperature and other symptoms twice daily] for an additional 7 days after release from quarantine.
      These persons should also monitor their symptoms for 14 days.
  5. If Fully Vaccinated

    If you have received your full course of the COVID-19 vaccine more than two weeks ago, you may come to campus

 
  1. Monitor Your Symptoms

    Monitor your symptoms. If you have no symptoms, you can come to campus.  If you do experience symptoms, self-quarantine and contact your physician.

  2. Inform Southeast Tech, if symptoms appear

    If you do experience symptoms contact a Southeast Tech contact tracer at covidreporting@southeasttech.edu or 605-367-5688. Southeast Tech will work with you to determine when you may return to campus.

  3. Communicate

    Communicate with your instructors to see if you can work on your courses remotely.

  4. Determine Next Steps

    Southeast Tech will work with you to determine next steps.

 
  1. Monitor Your Symptoms

    Monitor your symptoms. If you have no symptoms, you can come to campus.  If you do experience symptoms, self-quarantine and contact your physician.

  2. Inform Southeast Tech, if symptoms appear

    If you do experience symptoms contact a Southeast Tech contact tracer at covidreporting@southeasttech.edu or 605-367-5688. Southeast Tech will work with you to determine when you may return to campus.

  3. Communicate

    Communicate with your instructors to see if you can work on your courses remotely.

  4. Determine Next Steps

    Southeast Tech will work with you to determine next steps.

 
  1. Social Distance

    You should practice social distancing (you can do normal campus activity).

*According to the South Dakota Department of Health, a close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.

**Proper PPE = Face mask and face shield OR face mask and socially distance from others.

Guidance for Employees 

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Returning to Work After Exposure/ Infection

Employees should only return to work following a COVID-19 infection or exposure after meeting ALL FOUR of the following criteria:

  • No fever for 3 days without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • An improvement in symptoms
  • A minimum of 7 days have passed since the initial symptoms first appeared
  • Discussed your health situation with your immediate supervisor and Human Resources to determine a return-to-work date and/or additional accommodations.
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Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

Southeast Tech is committed to supporting your overall health and wellbeing. Visit the Southeast Tech website or contact Kathryn Struck in the Human Resources Office
for more information on resources to offer support and manage stress.

Additional Resources and Tips

Healthcare Providers

If you do not have a healthcare provider, you may call one of these free resources:

Restrict Activities Outside of Your Home

  • Stay home.
  • Do not go to work, school or public areas.
  • Avoid using public transportation.

Separate Yourself from Other People and Animals

  • Stay in a separate, specific room away from others.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Do not handle pets or other animals.
  • Avoid sharing household items – wash items thoroughly after use.

Emergency Help

  • For a medical emergency, call 911.
  • Notify dispatcher regarding your exposure or verification of the virus. 
  • Put on a facemask prior to medical service arrival, if possible.

Discontinuing Home Isolation

Remain home in isolation until your healthcare provider or state/local health departments approve the discontinuation of isolation.

MOre information from the CDC

Contact Tracing FAQs

Do not come to campus!  Send a message as soon as possible to covidreporting@southeasttech.edu or call Southeast Tech at 605-367-5688.  Southeast Tech and the Department of health will determine when you can return to campus.

Do not come to campus!  Send a message as soon as possible to covidreporting@southeasttech.edu or call Southeast Tech at 605-367-5688.  Southeast Tech and the Department of health will determine when you can return to campus.

If the South Dakota Department of Health determines you are a ‘close contact’ to the positive student, the SD DOH will call you and give you further instructions. Because Southeast Tech is practicing social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart in classrooms and wearing masks, the DOH will only call students considered a ‘close contact’.

The student who is required to isolate (positive case) or self-quarantine (symptomatic or close contact to a positive case) is required to contact each of their instructors to determine how they will continue with the class.  If the student is physically able, they are to participate in remote learning if available.

As long as all physical distancing and mask wearing rules are followed, there is no public health justification to move a course to remote learning because a student in the class tested positive for COVID-19.

If you have no symptoms, you can come to campus.

If you have symptoms, contact COVID tracing, quarantine from campus, contact your instructor and contact your physician.