A student walks past the statue of Neil Armstrong and a banner that reads 'taking every small step to protect Purdue' outside the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering on the university campus, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in West Lafayette. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
A student walks past the statue of Neil Armstrong and a banner that reads 'taking every small step to protect Purdue' outside the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering on the university campus, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in West Lafayette. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
LAFAYETTE — Protect Purdue personnel will perform contact tracing of coronavirus cases for members of the university community, but Purdue's tracing will end when the trail leads to those not typically associated with the university, according to an agreement Monday with the Tippecanoe County Health Department.

Tippecanoe County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding at their Monday morning meeting. The memorandum is between Purdue and the county and outlines each's responsibility in contract tracing and reporting of new COVID-19 cases.

“It allows us to use Purdue manpower," Tippecanoe County Attorney Doug Masson said. "They’ll have more individuals doing contact tracing that will allow them to better police the positive cases and take the isolation/quarantine steps they need to on campus.”

If the tracing of infected Purdue students, staff or faculty leads the investigators off campus, contact tracers from the Tippecanoe County Health Department will take over the tracing beyond the campus borders, Khala Hochstedler, health department administrator, said.

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Hochstedler said it is her understanding that the state asked large universities to come up with a plan to track their infections.

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