Faculty, administrators, and support staff who are returning to the workplace must self-screen and conduct symptom monitoring before reporting to work each day.
If you have tested positive, have been in close contact with anyone who is sick with COVID-19 or has tested positive, or if you are showing any of the following symptoms, do not come to work.
Symptoms to watch for
At this time, these symptoms include one or more of the following:
- Fever (temperature over 100.3 degree F) without taking fever-reducing medication for 72 hours
- New cough
- New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New chills
- New muscle aches or pains
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Runny nose or new sinus congestion
- Sore throat
- New fatigue
- New gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite
- New loss of taste or smell
Steps to take
Take the following steps in the event you have one or more of these symptoms:
- Contact your physician. Employees are encouraged to use telemedicine (video and phone visits) in order to limit potential exposure in physician offices. Follow your healthcare provider’s advice regarding testing, isolation, or quarantine.
- Stay home and do not come to work; if you develop symptoms at work, please return home and avoid contact with any other employees or students. You may return to work after you receive either a negative test result or you have approval from your healthcare provider. After a positive test result, you may only return to work (1) no sooner than 72 hours after you are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, (2) your symptoms of respiratory infection (not allergies or asthma) have improved, and (3) 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- Complete the Employee Health Form and notify your supervisor to inform them of your absence and to discuss options to work remotely. If you have not accrued enough sick time, please be in touch with your supervisor to make arrangements and reference the section If You Exhibit Symptoms.
- Self-isolate until your physician clears you.
If you begin to display symptoms consistent with COVID 19 while you are at work, immediately isolate yourself and notify your supervisor that you need to leave work. Then complete the steps above.