Reporting Protocol for COVID-19

Learn about testing and reporting illness or exposure to COVID-19.

Testing and Reporting Illness or Exposure

El Camino College (ECC) provides no-cost COVID-19 testing to all students, faculty, and staff. 

Report COVID-19 Case

If an ECC student or employee fall ill, have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, or test positive for COVID-19 themselves, they must:

  • Call ECC at 310-660-3593 ext. 7723 or by email at as soon as they become aware;
  • Fully cooperate with our contact tracing efforts so we may notify those they may have been in contact with while on campus. (Close contacts should also be tested with-in 3-5 days of exposure).

Students and employees must not report to campus if they test positive and/or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 after close contact, and should not return to campus until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met.

El Camino College discourages any person from attending school or performing work while they are sick.

COVID Recordkeeping and County Reporting Guidelines

ECC will maintain all information about a student’s, faculty, and staff’s COVID-related information as a confidential medical record in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and HIPAA.

In the event of a serious COVID-19 related illness or death, or if 3 or more confirmed COVID-19 cases in an exposed group on campus in a 14-day period are identified, ECC is obligated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) to report to these cases to the local health department.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing will commence as soon as ECC is notified of a positive COVID-19 case.

The contact tracing steps are as follows:

  1. ECC will collect information from the infected employee or student about who they were in contact with, for how long, and at what location, starting 48 hours prior to beginning of symptoms, or starting the date of the positive test, if no symptoms are present.
  2. ECC will provide the employee or student with information about when and under what circumstances they can report back to campus.
  3. ECC will contact those determined to be close contacts of the infected employee or student. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of a COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or greater in any 24-hour period, starting 48 hours prior to beginning of symptoms, or starting the date of the positive test, if no symptoms are present. This definition applies regardless of the use of face coverings. EXCEPTION: Employees are considered to not have had close contact if they wore a respirator required by the employer, whenever they were within six feet of the COVID-19 case during the “high-risk exposure period.” Respirators are required if an employee is dealing with materials deemed hazardous in their duties.
  4. The student or employee is to notify their instructors/supervisors for accommodations during their isolation period.


Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH)



Contact ECC at 310-660-3593 ext. 7723 or