For Faculty & Staff – I feel sick: What do I do?

  • Isolate yourself and do not come to campus.
  • Contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at (743) 223-4217 and speak with a nurse to help determine if you should go to work, based on your symptoms; need help accessing care; have COVID-19 medical questions; or if you are not feeling well while at work.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19 you should also inform your supervisor.
  • Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must be cleared by the Faculty and Staff Clinic before returning to on-site work.

Quarantine & Isolation

People infected with COVID-19, even those who don’t have any symptoms of illness, can spread the virus to others. If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at (743) 223-4217 and follow the CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation.

Quarantine and isolation timelines are patient-specific and based on multiple factors such as vaccination status, previous exposure, previous positive test results, test dates, test results, and possible symptom onset. The Faculty and Staff Clinic will provide quarantine and isolation times based on an individual’s circumstances.

  • Unvaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days following the exposure and get tested between 3-5 days after exposure. If negative, the individual should continue quarantine for the full 14 days. If positive, the individual should isolate for 10 days from the date the test was obtained or 10 days after symptoms start if the individual develops symptoms. Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must be cleared by the Faculty and Staff Clinic before returning to on-site work.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 do not need to quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms. Instead, they should wear a mask in indoor settings until being tested between 3-5 days after exposure. If negative, they may remove their mask. If positive, the individual should isolate for 10 days from the date the test was obtained or 10 days after symptoms start if the individual develops symptoms. If they aren’t tested they should continue to wear a mask indoors for 14 days. Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must be cleared by the Faculty and Staff Clinic before returning to on-site work.

Caring for Sick Family

If a family member tests positive for COVID-19:

  • If you are asymptomatic, wear a mask immediately and at all times in your household and get a COVID-19 test in 3-5 days.
  • If you are symptomatic, self-quarantine and get a COVID-19 test immediately.

Faculty and staff caring for family members who are unable to work remotely may be eligible for Sick and Care Leave. Additional financial assistance for caregiver support is available from the Faculty/Staff COVID-19 Emergency Fund, which provide assistance for expenses directly related to the COVID-19.

Stay at home or in your assigned isolation space

People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are often able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. If you share a living space you should isolate yourself away from others to prevent the spread of infection. Use a separate bathroom if possible and avoid being in common areas when others are present. If you must be near someone, wear a face mask and continue to use practice physical distancing and good hygiene. Do not visit public areas.

Consult medical provider

Stay in touch with your medical provider. If your symptoms worsen or change, call to speak with a medical provider for advice. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.