COVID-19 Definitions


An individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Wondering how long you need to be in isolation? Ask Jodi Canfield or use this handy calculator!



An individual who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19, but has not received a positive test result. Wondering how long you need to be in quarantine? Ask Jodi Canfield or use this handy calculator!

The number of cases in quarantine may go up or down as people enter and exit quarantine and some of these individuals may complete their 14-day quarantine and never receive a positive COVID-19 test.

Resolved cases

People who have had a positive test and have been in isolation, but have met the qualifications for leaving isolation. For that definition, please see the CDC website.

There are 102 resolved cases at Sweet Briar (this includes cases from the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020).

Close Contact

CDC definition: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

Campus Community

Faculty, staff and students at Sweet Briar College. This includes faculty, staff and students who live off campus.

Vendors who come to campus are not included, though if you are in close contact with a vendor who tests positive, you would be contacted by VDH or Sweet Briar through contact tracing.


Someone who is experiencing symptoms, but who may or may not have been tested or ever be tested.