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:
- Medical exemption: A waiver from the vaccination requirement on the basis that the person has been evaluated by a licensed health care provider and that the health care provider determined that the person has one or more of the medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine as stated by the Centers for Disease Control
- Religious exemption: A waiver from the vaccination requirement on the basis that the person's sincerely held religious belief or pratice prevents them from receiving an authorized vaccine
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).
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.