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Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services

Section 1

What is contact tracing?

UCI's Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services is reaching out to individual positive COVID-19 cases to understand where exposures may have occurred, identify close contacts, and determine who needs to take particular action. This effort helps to track and contain the spread of COVID-19.

UCI’s trained contact tracing staff will be calling all UCI students, faculty and staff who are COVID-19 positive to interview them and provide isolation instructions. The information gathered in the interviews helps identify close contacts and respond to clusters of cases. While close contacts are not required to quarantine, they will be notified by email with instructions on testing and masking.

Visit the Isolation and Close Contact Instructions page for further guidance for cases and close contacts.

What is a close contact?

A "close contact" is someone who was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for at least 15 cumulative minutes, over a 24-hour period. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19. Close contacts do not need to quarantine but should follow instructions for close contacts on the Isolation and Close Contact Instructions page.

Information shared is confidential

We recognize that you may have reasons for not wanting to share where you’ve been and who you have been with. However, it is imperative to control the spread that you do your best to answer all the questions asked by the contact tracer. All information that is shared is kept confidential and is not used for any other purpose than to control the spread of COVID-19.


In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus, it will be crucial for students, staff, and faculty to “take the call” from the contact tracing program and be honest and complete in responding to the interview questions.

The approximate time between somebody becoming infected and somebody showing symptoms is about three to five days, and the amount of time that one can be infectious before symptoms, is about two days.

If you are called by a contact tracer, the number that will appear on your phone is (949) 824-2300Please take the call.

Vaccine Navigation Services

The team is available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. helping individuals find COVID-19 vaccine and booster appointments and can be reached at 949-824-2300 or by emailing contacttracing@uci.edu. They are also doing telephone outreach to UCI students to assist with vaccine information and questions, as well as supporting students and employees with how to upload their vaccine records to the Student Health Portal or the Occupational Health Data Base, as well as providing assistance in accessing their vaccine records in California.