We know that this is a difficult and stressful time and the decisions we face are equally difficult as we work to fight the spread of the virus.
Notification to Campus
If an employee has been directed to quarantine due to possible exposure or has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, their supervisor will ask what areas of campus the employee may have used or been to and/or any other employees or students they have been in close contact with during the two to three days before leaving campus. While every effort will be made to keep the identity of an employee confidential, other employees, and perhaps students, who have been in close contact with the infected individual will be notified of the situation and recommendations will be provided on a case by case basis regarding the release of specific information to any other employees or students who may have been in close contact with the employee.
Remind employees to follow CDC recommended protocols including social distancing, wearing a face mask, washing hands, wiping down commonly used equipment (e.g., copiers, scanners, etc.) and/or the use of hand sanitizer.
The timelines for quarantine and when you report back to work cannot be shortened with a note from a medical provider.
Failure of an employee to report for duty based on fear of exposure will be managed in accordance with existing policies, with all due consideration given on a case-by case basis; but these instances may not be excused if you are short-staffed or the work is essential.
Encourage employees to bring concerns to you. If you perceive or receive information that employees are communicating with each other inappropriately, intervene as soon as possible.
Respect employees’ and students’ right to medical privacy and be careful that information is shared without personal identification. While public health concerns may legally outweigh some privacy rights, information must only be shared on a strict need-to-know basis. Employees may have a need to be informed if there is a potential exposure but be mindful not to personally identify any one individual or provide information that would lead to a person’s identity.
ESU no longer has Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL).
For Employees Who are Traveling
As soon as possible, employees should notify their supervisor of any plans to travel in or outside the United States. The PADOH and CDC websites listed below provide proper protocols to follow when returning home. Based on PADOH guidelines, if a period of self-quarantine is recommended, a supervisor may require the employee to work remotely or use their own leave to cover this period of recommended quarantine; each case will be evaluated individually, based on job responsibilities. Plans to work remotely should be approved before the employee’s travel.
The COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health remain fluid. Changes to these protocols are likely as more information about COVID-19 is obtained.
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Human Resources Office at askHR@esu.edu.
The success of the university’s response to a positive or presumed positive case for a faculty and staff member relies heavily on the individual promptly self-reporting their circumstance and any medical exam/test results to the university. All members of the ESU campus community and guests are required to wear masks in all public spaces (inside and outdoors), including hallways, classrooms, public spaces, common areas, and during office visits. The following CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 should be followed by all ESU employees.
If you test positive for COVID-19 (isolate)
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status
- Stay home for 5 days.
- If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
- Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)
If you: Have been boosted OR Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months
- Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
- Test on day 5, if possible.
If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
If you: Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated
- Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
- If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
- Test on day 5 if possible.
If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home