How to Handle Reports of a COVID-19 Exposure

If you hear of a student or colleague who believes they were exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19, here is how to handle it:

The person should self-monitor their symptoms at home. If they develop symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough, fever, and shortness of breath, they should call their healthcare provider immediately for health advice. If they do not have a healthcare provider, they can contact San Mateo County Medical Center by calling 650-573-2222. 

The maximum incubation period for COVID-19 is considered to be 14 days by the Centers for Disease Control. Incubation period is the period between exposure to an infection and the appearance of the first symptoms. And the average incubation period for COVID-19 is 5 days. Therefore, if anyone came into close contact with an individual with COVID-19 14 days or more ago, then they would have more than likely already developed symptoms if they caught the virus.

If San Mateo County Public Health determines anyone in our District was involved in a COVID-19 exposure, they will notify the District Health Branch Director, who will reach out to each individual privately to notify them about the exposure and provide health guidance. 

Anyone with a medical or psychiatric emergency should call 9-1-1.