Important Definitions


PBA Community members include faculty, staff, adjuncts, students, vendors, and contractors. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new coronavirus that causes an illness that can spread from person to person. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe and may result in respiratory illness.  

According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Emergency Warning Signs (according to the CDC) for COVID-19 that require immediate medical attention are:

  • Trouble Breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

High-Risk, as defined by the CDC, describes people who are 65 years of age or older or those of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who are immunocompromised
    • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” according to the CDC means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

Tracking involves communicating with a PBA community member from initial report of symptoms of COVID-19, or testing of COVID-19, or diagnosis of COVID-19 through health provider release of COVID-19 following applicable PBA protocols. 

Contact Tracing begins once a confirmed case has been received through notification, a staff member will track the infected individual and investigate potential exposures by verifying PBA contacts with the infected individual, both people and places. Is the method established by the Crisis Management Team to track, trace, and communicate with members of the PBA community for personal COVID-19 related information. 

Isolation means to cease interaction with people and restricting movement for a defined period of time. Separating people sick with COVID-19 from those who are not sick.

Quarantine refers to separating from others and restricting the movement of someone who was exposed to COVID-19 to determine whether they become sick.

Symptomatic means showing signs of illness consistent with COVID-19.

Facial Covering is a cloth or disposable material that is fashioned in such a way that it covers the nose and mouth, fitting snuggly against the side of the face. The face covering is secured with ties or ear loops, and allows for breathing without restriction.  Cloth facial coverings should be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

High-Touch Surfaces are those that are handled ore receive frequent contact by numerous people including but not limited to door handles, door faces, push buttons, handrails, desktops and bathroom surfaces.

Wellness Check is a survey conducted on employees prior to entering any PBA building/facility that includes questions regarding symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19 and temperature check.