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Carthage and COVID-19

Testing and Contact Tracing

On-Campus Testing and Resources for Students

Testing is available from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday in the Health and Counseling Center. Students must call ahead. All appointments for testing will be coordinated through the Carthage Health and Counseling Center by calling 262-551-5710. 

Testing is reserved for students who are symptomatic or who have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive. The availability of testing is dependent on supply and staff availability from the Kenosha County Department of Health and Froedtert Hospital.

If you experience flu-like symptoms (such as fever, cough, aches and pains, tiredness, difficulty breathing, etc.), call the Carthage Health and Counseling Center at 262-551-5710 or a local walk-in clinic as soon as possible for an assessment. Please note: You must call first. 

The Health and Counseling Center is typically open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Outside of those hours, it is advised you to go to an urgent care facility or emergency room, depending on the severity of your symptoms. The Health and Counseling Center’s website has a list of providers in the area.

Population Testing

Carthage is working with Froedtert Workforce Health to offer population testing of students and employees for the first four full weeks of classes in the spring 2021 term. We will offer 70 tests per week, and all tests will be on campus by appointment. Individuals will be selected for testing at random and will be notified by email a week in advance so they can sign up for a specific time slot. We will round out our weekly testing for the semester with the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 30
  • Tuesday, April 6
  • Tuesday, April 13

Smell Testing for COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring

Carthage is providing a free smell test to students and employees to complete on their own. The scratch-and-sniff card features eight familiar scents that each person should identify from a list of options, multiple-choice style. New students will receive the card during check-in. Each person should report the test results while completing the #StaySafeCarthage Daily Check-In App. Three or more misidentified odors could signal the presence of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing Facilities in Kenosha

For information on testing in Kenosha County, students and employees can contact the local hotline at 211, call Kenosha County Health at 262-605-6700, or visit the Kenosha County COVID-19 Testing Locations webpage.

Contact Tracing

The Kenosha Health Department has partnered with all local higher education institutions to facilitate contact tracing students on their respective campuses. Employee contact tracing will be coordinated through the health department and Carthage Human Resources.

The health department coordinates all health interviews with their team of trained medical professionals and the campuses use trained contact tracers to follow-up on any close contacts of positive cases to place them into quarantine as appropriate. Students who test positive within another county will be interviewed by that local health department.

Contact Tracers

Carthage has a team of over 20 contact tracers who have completed training through the John Hopkins University contact tracing certification program and the Kenosha Health Department. Regular on-going training has continued with the Kenosha Health Department in order to keep all tracers up-to-date on the nuances of the COVID-19 pandemic and evolving guidance from the CDC, state, and local health authorities.


Contact tracers receive information from the health department interviews and a line list from Carthage that includes data of identified and potential close contacts of a positive case. The Carthage line list includes instructor, classmate, teammates, and student employment supervisors’ contact information for the tracer to access based upon a positive case infectious period.

Based upon the time a positive case is considered infectious, the tracer reaches out to those faculty members to learn more about the classroom experience to determine potential close contacts*. Student employment supervisors are contacted in a similar manner. Athletic Department leadership, coaches, and the athletic training staff are contacted when a player tests positive to coordinate exploration of close contacts with the Dean of Students Office to determine next steps for quarantine.

* Close contacts include individuals living with the positive individual, individuals who may have had extended (15 minutes or longer) contact with or without wearing a mask, or close interaction while masked in a class workgroup, lab pairing, or enclosed work situation that lasted for more than 15 minutes in a day.

Tracers will contact individuals who are identified as close contacts and collaborate with the Office of Residential Life as needed to quarantine any residential students. Additionally, tracers may notify a full class that they have been exposed but are not determined to be close contacts to someone who has tested positive and simply advise them to continue to monitor symptoms and report through the Daily Check-In App. If someone is notified of exposure, it does not require quarantine.

A local health department and trained contact tracers are the only individuals who can authorize isolation or quarantine requirements. 

Information for Employees

Employees who experience flu-like symptoms (such as fever, cough, aches and pains, tiredness, difficulty breathing, etc.) should visit their primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic as soon as possible for an assessment and any appropriate testing.