Employee Return Campus Guide

Confirmed Positive

  • Self-isolate immediately. Isolation means that whenever possible that you remain away from others in your home. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use.
  • Seek medical care if you develop symptoms, or your current symptoms become severe. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to review the latest symptoms. Consult with your primary care physician on any recommendations.
  • You may be contacted by the Florida Department of Health regarding your status, including questions about those you may have interacted with in recent weeks. Be sure to pick up the phone when your health department calls and follow health department guidance.
  • Please maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) from others at all times.
    Notify those who you have been in close contact with over the last two weeks. Close contact includes less than 6 feet or prolonged contact of more than 15 minutes.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave:

Employees may be provided up to 80 hours (prorated for part-time) at their normal compensation rate if they are unable to work because they are medically advised to quarantine or isolation related to COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis. Employees may be provided up to 80 hours (prorated for part-time) at their normal compensation rate if they are unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider).

Employees are only eligible to take a total of up to 80 hours regardless of the number of qualifying reasons. Qualifying employees should submit the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Form and any supporting medical documentation to HR-AttendanceLeave@fsu.edu. In order to ensure timely accrual of eligible leave hours, the completed form must be submitted to HR as soon as possible to be processed.

Return to Campus

Prior to returning to work you must receive clearance by SAFER and the following conditions must be met:

  • At least 24 hours has passed since recovery, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
  • Improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath);
  • At least 10 days have passed since positive test result; and
  • You provide a note from their health care provider or the county health department indicating you should be allowed to return to work, or they provide a negative test result obtained at least 10 days from the initial positive test result in lieu of the note from their health care provider. You may call the Leon County Health Department COVID-19 Call Center and request a letter. The number is (850) 404-6300 press 1.

Exception

In the rare cases when people become severely ill and require hospitalization or have immunosuppression, it may be necessary to isolate for 20 days or longer. These are to be decided with close consultation of your treating physician.


Close Contact

Quarantine immediately. Quarantine means that whenever possible that you remain away from others in your home or residence hall. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use.

What counts as close contact?

According to the CDC, for those who have not tested positive in the past 3 months, close contact is defined as:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
  • You live with or provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

What if a close contact develops symptoms?

The SAFER office can only make referrals.

  • If you feel this is urgent, you should call ahead to an emergency room to let them know that you are on the way and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms. By calling ahead, they will wear the appropriate personal protective equipment in case you have developed COVID-19.
  • If you do not feel the situation is urgent and your close contact occurred in the workplace, you may request an appointment for testing at the FSU Testing Site, if appointments are available. You may also contact your health care provider for guidance.

What can I do during quarantine?

If waiting for test results or have been deemed a close contact, you should:

  • Frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • You can leave your home for essential activities such as getting food, medication or necessary supplies, but must keep your contact with others limited to less than 15 minutes and at least 6 feet apart.
  • Do nothing that puts you within 6 feet of anyone for 15 minutes or more.

Return to Campus

You will be notified by the SAFER Team when you are cleared to return to campus activities according to CDC guidelines.

  • If no symptoms develop (asymptomatic):
    • Maintain quarantine for 14 days from date of last exposure
    • PCR test recommended day 6-8.
      • If negative test: Continue quarantine until 14 days are completed, as COVID-19 could still develop.
      • If positive test: Begin 10 days of isolation. Begin positive case monitoring and return to campus protocol.
  • If symptoms develop at any time in the 14 days:
    • Test recommended immediately due to symptoms.
      • If negative test: Continue quarantine until 14 days are completed, as COVID-19 could still develop.
      • If positive test: Begin 10 days of isolation. Begin positive case monitoring and return to campus protocol.

HR Resources

HR Coronavirus Task Force Contacts
General Questions Renisha Gibbs (850) 644-8082 rgibbs@fsu.edu
General Staff Issues and Staff COVID-19 Positive Reporting Tracey Pearson
Back-up contact: Julie Ritter
(850) 644-3694
(850) 645-2733
tvpearson@fsu.edu
jritter@fsu.edu
General Faculty Issues and Faculty COVID-19 Positive Reporting Rebecca Peterson
Back-up contact: Tiffany Ward
(850) 645-2202
(850) 644-0184
rpeterson@fsu.edu
tnward@fsu.edu
Payroll Questions Phaedra Harris (850) 644-7705 pharris@fsu.edu
Attendance & Leave Questions Christine Conley (850) 644-1978 caconley@fsu.edu
Communications Shelley Lopez (850) 644-6602 s.lopez@fsu.edu

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a useful resource for confidential professional and personal support and can be reached at (850) 644-2288.


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