What Do I Do If Someone Says They Have Been Exposed?
This document provides guidance on managing situations when a student or coworker reports that they “may have been exposed to Ebola.” In these cases, please remember the following:
- The risk of exposure comes from direct contact with symptomatic individuals.
- Exposure is more likely to occur during travel to countries or areas where the virus is currently active.
If someone reports that they have traveled to a country or area where the virus is active or that they have potentially been exposed in any other way, you should advise that individual to contact Student Health Services.
Tim Jones, FNP-BC, Director of Student Health Services, serves as the chief health officer for this campus. All public health decisions are deferred to him. Mr. Jones and his staff will assess the situation in accordance with protocols established by the CDC and required by the Tennessee Department of Health and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.
If the assessment shows that no risk factors are present, no additional action will be taken and the patient will receive written clearance from either the Health Department or Student Health Services authorizing them to return to their normal activities.
If risk factors are present, Health Services will work with local health authorities to ensure that proper action is taken to assist that individual, and to protect the health of the campus.
You can start this process as follows:
During normal business hours: Contact Student Health Services at extension 2266 (425-2266)
Outside of normal business hours: Contact Campus Police at 4357 (425-4357) and advise them to notify the Director of Safety and Risk Management, Jim Pulliam, who will begin the process.
For additional information on the Ebola virus , please click here.