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Employee COVID-19 Guidance & Procedures

Information on when to stay home, when to return to work, and what to do if you've been exposed

Symptoms

Employees who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must remain at home and must self-report before the end of the business day to TLU’s COVID-19 Administrative Liaison, Tim Kent, by submitting the self-reporting form through the #Campus Clear App, contact their healthcare provider, and notify their supervisor.

The COVID-19 Administrative Liaison will ensure that CDC guidelines are followed before returning to campus.

Symptoms

  • Fever (100.4 or higher) or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (or tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea, etc.

*The CDC continues to update this list as more information is learned about COVID-19.

The CDC recommends individuals displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and have tested positive for COVID-19 can be around others after:

Symptom-based: 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND symptoms have improved.

The CDC recommends individuals who have NOT displayed symptoms of COVID-19 and have tested positive for COVID-19 can be around others after:

Time-based: 10 days have passed since their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test.

TLU Requires the Following Before an Employee May Return to Work:

  • Have been cleared by a healthcare provider, or
  • Complete 14-day quarantine symptom-free following exposure to COVID-19, or
  • Meet the CDC guidelines as listed above

Employees who accrue sick leave may use those hours for the time they are unable to work. Employees can work remotely if their positions allow them to do so. Please contact Director for Human Resources Toi Turner for questions related to leave hours.


Exposure

Employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 (includes family member in the same household being tested/has tested positive/has symptoms, exposure at work or in the community, etc.) must remain at home and must self-report before the end of the business day to TLU’s COVID-19 Administrative Liaison by submitting the self-reporting form through #CampusClear App, contact their health care provider, and notify their supervisor. They must remain at home for 14 days after exposure to ensure development of illness does not occur and cannot return to work until TLU requirements above are met. Sick leave hours will be used for the time the employee is unable to work. Employees can work remotely if their positions allow them to do so.

Employees who have been exposed 2nd line or further (exposed to someone who was directly exposed to another who tested positive) must monitor their self-health to ensure they are not getting ill. If symptoms develop, they may want to get tested, and must follow the guidelines above in the section named Symptoms.

Prevention

Research has shown that infection resulting from contact of surfaces is less likely. Infection is primarily passed from droplets from coughing or sneezing. The use of face masks is the best defense as well as social distancing, frequent hand washing and not touching your face or eyes. TLU requires employees practice social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times and wear face coverings/masks inside of campus buildings.

Returning to Campus/Remote Work

Once employees have received negative test results and have been released to return to work (on campus or remotely) they must submit documentation showing their test result and/or release to Human Resources. Human Resources will maintain this information in a separate file other than their personnel file and have it available for the COVID-19 Administrative Liaison as needed.

Accommodations

Employees who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are advised to consider their risk before deciding to return to campus. These individuals who wish to request accommodations due to being at higher risk for severe illness should contact Human Resources and must present documentation so that a determination for appropriate accommodations can be made.

Resources

Employees are encouraged to become familiar with CDC guidelines for information related to COVID-19 illness and when to be around others.

TLU benefits-eligible employees are covered under the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP provides 24/7 availability of contacts for employees and their dependents should anyone feel depressed, stressed, or anxious during this time. More information about the EAP and all TLU benefits can be found on MyTLU under the Employee>HR information>Employee Benefits 2020.

Non-Compliance

Violation of these procedures can result in disciplinary action.

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