Glossary of terms

Attestation, exemption—it can be difficult to know what all the words used to talk about COVID-19 mean. Below you'll find a list of commonly used terms with their definitions.

Active Case: An incident involving a person or persons either suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 and is in isolation or quarantine.

Attestation: A declaration affirming or bearing witness that something is true.  

Authorized exemption: A waiver from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons, as defined below: 

Case Management Team: Clark College employees assigned to evaluate information about suspect of confirmed cases.

Close Contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratoryconfirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) with or without their face covering.

Confirmed Case: When an individual tests positive for COVID-19

Fully vaccinated: A person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after they have received a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen). This includes emergency use authorization. A person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is listed for use by the World Health Organization (WHO).  

Immunization: Vaccination.

Isolation: Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Duration minimum of 10 days.

On-Campus Population: All employees working on campus and all students enrolled in hybrid and/or face-to-face classes.

PCR Test: Polymerase Chain Reaction. A test to detect genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus.

Pandemic: An outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area (such as multiple countries or continents) and typically affects a significant proportion of the population.  

Quarantine: Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Duration of 14 days.

Suspect Case: Determined when an individual notifies their supervisor/instructor that they have symptoms and/or fail to pass the COVID-19 Health Screening.

Vaccine: A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases. 


This page last updated November 22, 2021.