[COVID-19] HR employee FAQ - Questions related to self-quarantine; if person(s) sharing the same household becomes sick; returning to work

This guide provides general advice for employees on several topics

If I am a faculty or staff member and I have been directed to self-quarantine by a qualified medical professional or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, what should I do?

If I am a faculty or staff member and a member of my immediate family has been diagnosed with COVID-19, what should I do?

  • Above all else, take care of yourself and your family
  • Do not report to work
  • Communicate with your supervisor. If you are unable to work remotely or your job doesn’t lend itself to remote work, enter your time off in as “COVID-19 Leave

What should I do if I have an underlying health condition or am otherwise high-risk?

Telecommuting is designed to give employees the flexibility to work remotely when necessary and possible. Talk with your supervisor or leaders of your department or unit to discuss options. Procedures for remote work may be found in the Telecommuting Guidelines, through UW System Administration.

  • If you are unable to work remotely or your job doesn’t lend itself to remote work, record your time as “COVID-19 Leave”.

Is short-term disability applicable to COVID-19?

If you have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, short-term disability may apply. Visit the Disability Benefits webpage for information.

What are my healthcare options if I am exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19?

If you have recently traveled to areas affected by COVID-19, seek immediate medical advice if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Either call your local health provider or consult a primary care physician. Your health plan may provide a remote visit.

What if a faculty or staff member appears sick?

If someone is sick, they should focus on taking care of themselves. UWL is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for all. Chairs or Supervisors should ask any employee who is ill to go home immediately and seek appropriate medical attention, per CDC guidelines. Please cooperate with Supervisors and leaders of departments, schools, and units who are taking on this uncomfortable responsibility for community well-being.

What if I don’t feel safe coming to work because of COVID-19?

Talk with your manager or leaders of your department to discuss your concerns. Every precaution is being taken to ensure a clean and safe work environment. If you are experiencing anxiety, please contact the Employee Assistance Program

If a building on campus closes and I had been in that building or in close proximity to that closed building, what should I do?

The exposure to campus is low risk.  You will be contacted if there is a specific concern for exposure.

Monitor your health conditions.  If symptomatic, call your medical provider immediately.  It is suggested that you self-quarantine for 14 days.


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Last revision was July 19, 2020


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Keywords:#covid-19, #covid   Doc ID:104139
Owner:John A.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2020-07-20 08:51 CDTUpdated:2020-07-22 09:56 CDT
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