Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Test Result

  • For a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result from a physician or through a DPS testing site, please take the steps below based on your role. It is important to report a confirmed positive COVID-19 case so that the public health department is aware and the health and safety of all our students and staff are prioritized. 

    NOTE: A failed health screening does not automatically mean a presumed case of COVID-19. Follow these next steps if you failed your health screening. 

  • I received a positive COVID-19 test result.

    • Go home and isolate immediately. Contact your physician for guidance on managing your health.

    • Notify your supervisor and/or COVID-19 Coordinator(s) for your school or worksite. They will report the positive case to the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline. 

    • Refer to this decision tree to determine when it is safe to return to work. 

    • It is important to provide your manager with a list of all DPS staff and students that are in your cohort or were a close contact. Close contact means that you were fewer than six feet apart for more than 15 minutes. DPS will work through your manager to confidentially notify DPS close contacts. 

    • You will be contacted by the Public Health Department to address next steps for notifying non-DPS close contacts. 

  • Someone in my household received a positive COVID-19 test result.

    • Notify your supervisor.

  • I was notified by a student or parent of a student's positive COVID-19 test result.

    Notify your school nurse and/or COVID-19 coordinator(s) and they will report the positive case to the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline.

  • I was notified by an employee who has been reporting to work in person that they have a positive COVID-19 test result.

    • Instruct the employee to go home and isolate immediately. 

    • School leaders, managers/supervisors should notify your school or site’s COVID-19 coordinator and they will call the hotline. If they are not available, please call the COVID-19 Case Reporting Hotline at 720-426-9999. 
      • Hotline hours are 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Please leave a message if your call is not answered; a member of the Hotline team will call you back. 
      • The hotline is intended only for school COVID-19 coordinators, nurses and leaders to report confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. All other team members should report confirmed positive cases to their supervisor or COVID-19 Coordinator. 

    • Be prepared to provide the following information: your name, role and phone number; your school/site name; whether you are reporting for a student or staff member and their name (and title if an employee); and whether the employee has gone home to isolate. Here is an overview of the reporting process.

    • From there, the COVID-19 Response Team will assist you in:
      • completing a report with the public health department,
      • ensuring the individual with a positive test result isolates immediately,
      • determining other impacted individuals (students and staff) who may need to quarantine, and
      • communicating appropriate information to close contacts, staff and your school community.

  • I was notified about a positive COVID-19 test result for a student who is attending school in person.

    • Keep the student isolated until an adult picks them up.

    • School leaders, managers/supervisors should notify your school or site’s COVID-19 coordinator and they will call the hotline. If they are not available, please call the COVID-19 Case Reporting Hotline at 720-426-9999. 
      • Hotline hours are 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Please leave a message if your call is not answered; a member of the Hotline team will call you back. 
      • The hotline is intended only for school COVID-19 coordinators, nurses and leaders to report confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. All other team members should report confirmed positive cases to their supervisor or COVID-19 Coordinator.

    • Be prepared to provide the following information: your name, role and phone number; your school/site name; whether you are reporting for a student or staff member and their name (and title if an employee); and whether the employee has gone home to isolate. Here is an overview of the reporting process.

    • From there, the COVID-19 Response Team will assist you in:
      • completing a report with the public health department,
      • ensuring the individual with a positive test result isolates immediately,
      • determining other impacted individuals (students and staff) who may need to quarantine, and
      • communicating appropriate information to school and team communities.