Faculty/Staff COVID-19 Exposure Protocol

  1. Use of the term “exposure” herein refers to close contact with someone who has COVID-19 where “close contact” is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of the person for a total of 15 or more minutes over a 24 hour period. Employees who have been “exposed” to someone who has COVID-19:

    1. should notify their supervisor and Human Resources. Any disclosure of personal information will be kept confidential. Human Resources will advise the employee and supervisor regarding any leave issues, if appropriate.

    2. should stay home or leave work immediately.

    3. may work remotely if possible and approved by their supervisor.

  2. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is responsible for conducting contact tracing for COVID-19 cases and will communicate with individuals about the need to self-isolate related to identified exposure to COVID-19. Employees who receive such communication from LDH should follow the directives received as to testing and isolation and should keep Human Resources and their supervisors informed.

  3. Regardless of contact by LDH, employees who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and exhibit symptoms should self-isolate, contact their health care provider and inform Human Resources and their supervisor.

  4. Regardless of contact by LDH, employees who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and who do not have symptoms should remain at home or in a comparable setting and practice social distancing for 14 days and inform Human Resources and their supervisor. They should contact their health care provider if they develop symptoms.

     

    Effective on 12/7/2020: In accordance with CDC guidance, Southeastern accepts the following alternative options to a 14-day quarantine for close contacts of an individual infected with COVID-19:

    • Quarantine can end after Day 10 post-exposure without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.

    • Quarantine can end after Day 7 post-exposure if a diagnostic specimen (molecular/PCR or antigen) tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The test must be done on the 5th or 6th day and the test must be negative, but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7. 

  5. Employees exposed or potentially exposed and are immunocompromised or live with someone who is immunocompromised, should immediately notify a health care provider.

  6. All other employees should always self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or new loss of taste or smell. If employees develop any of these symptoms, they should stay home and notify their supervisor and Human Resources.

  7. Second order contacts are not considered exposure. In other words, employees who have had contact with a person that has had contact with a person with COVID-19 may continue to work but should continue to social distance, wear a mask and monitor for symptoms.

  8. Employees who appear to have COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, upon arrival to work or become sick during the day with COVID-19 symptoms should immediately be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors and sent home.

 

If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19

An employee may return to work if all of these criteria are met:

1)At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and

2)At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and

3)Other symptoms have improved.

 

Note that current sick leave policies generally require employees recovering from an illness to provide a release from their health care provider to return to work.

Please review CDC guidance regarding being around people after you have had, or suspected you have had COVID-19:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprevent-getting-sick%2Fwhen-its-safe.html

Also review CDC guidance on COVID-19 in the workplace:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/general-business-faq.html#Suspected-or-Confirmed-Cases-of-COVID-19-in-the-Workplace