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COVID-19

Guidelines

Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed COVID-19 or for individuals that are exhibiting symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion) of COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.

If an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 or an employee is exhibiting symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion) of COVID-19, the following steps should be taken by the employee and their supervisor:

Employee Steps

If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of Coronavirus Symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion):

  • Avoid coming into close contact with anyone
  • Contact your health care provider for diagnosis, treatment and/or COVID-19 testing, as necessary
  • If you undergo a test for COVID-19 and you test positive, notify your supervisor of this development and follow the protocols above for a positive test

If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19 (regardless whether you have symptoms), you should:

  • If at work, go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone
  • Contact your supervisor as soon as possible to notify them
  • Consult your health care provider as necessary
  • Visit HR
  • Follow CDC guidance on what to do if you are sick
  • Stay home (except to seek medical care)
  • Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 so they can quarantine, get tested, and wear a well-fitting mask.

Supervisor Steps

If an employee is exhibiting symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion) of COVID-19, the supervisor should:

  • If at work, instruct the employee to go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone. If the employee is sick as a result of COVID-19 symptoms, the employee should use sick leave. 
  • Encourage the employee to undergo a test for COVID-19 and to follow guidance on what to do if you are sick
  • Instruct the employee to visit with HR 

If the employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the supervisor should:

  • If the employee is at work when you are notified, make sure the employee is separated from others and immediately sent home
  • If the employee is at home, advise the employee to stay home and follow the employee protocols above for their situation
  • Advise the employee to follow the Employee Steps above. 

Protocols for all Students with COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms

If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, or is exhibiting symptoms (e.g., fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion, sore throat) of COVID-19, the following steps for students living on or off campus should be taken. These steps are necessary to protect the safety and wellbeing of all University community members, and especially those residents staying on campus. If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of Coronavirus Symptoms, follow CDC guidelines on What to Do If You Are Sick.

  • Avoid coming into close contact with anyone.
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform schoolwork, contact your instructors.