COVID-19 Information for Employees
Employee Quarantine and Isolation Policy
- An employee infected with COVID-19 must isolate for five days, where day zero is the day of symptom onset, or if asymptomatic, the day of collection of a positive test result.
- Employees may return to work after completing five days of isolation, returning to work on the sixth day if the employee is asymptomatic. Employees should not return if they are exhibiting fevers, runny noise (rhinitis) or cough. Employees should not take fever reducing medications to reduce fevers. If other symptoms are resolving, employees may return to work.
- If an infected employee is asymptomatic after five days, or if symptoms are resolving, they can end isolation and return to work but must wear a well-fitting face mask around others for an additional five days. Individuals who cannot wear a well-fitting mask around others should continue to follow the standard isolation guidance of 10 days.
- Employees who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should continue to follow the standard isolation guidance of 10 days.
- For employees who are fully vaccinated and boosted (with the booster RECEIVED THE MINIMUM OF 14 DAYS PRIOR TO EXPOSURE), no quarantine is required. Employees are required to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after the last date of exposure. A COVID-19 test is required to be completed on Day 5. Results must be uploaded to Paycom.
- Employees who are not fully vaccinated, or are fully vaccinated but did not receive a booster dose greater than 14 days from last exposure, must quarantine for five days and wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional five days. A COVID-19 test is required to be completed on Day 5 and results must be uploaded into Paycom.
- If symptoms appear for either set of individuals, the individual should immediately quarantine and seek testing. In this scenario, quarantine ends upon a negative test, or upon following the guidance described in the “Infected” section above.
Please note the same policies also apply to students, with the exception that their COVID-19 test results must be uploaded into the Medicat Patient Portal for Health Services.
- Faculty (including adjuncts) should create a seating chart the first week and share it with Jason Diffenderfer ASAP. This will allow the Task Force to begin contact tracing when there is a positive test faster. This, of course, requires that students maintain the same seats all semester.
- It is incredibly important that faculty take attendance each day; accuracy is critical for contact tracing and other purposes.
- A student may tell you that they have tested positive. Until the student uploads a positive result in Medicat, nothing can happen from the Task Force side. Iona does not and cannot consider the student positive until a positive test is uploaded. So, if a student tells you they tested positive, remind them to upload ASAP and contact Health Services.
- Home tests are not accepted. Students must upload test results (Rapid Antigen or PCR) to Medicat. Lab results must come from a certified laboratory or a healthcare provider.
- Documentation of COVID-19 must include full name, date of birth, type of test, test date, results and signature of healthcare provider if warranted.
- Antibody tests are not accepted as proof of having COVID-19.
- Students will be permitted to eat in the LaPenta Atrium unmasked. As it’s not mandatory (like in classrooms) for anyone to be in the Atrium (other than passing through) and because our commuter students must have a place to eat (especially when purchasing items from the Vending Area), they will be permitted to remove masks to eat. When not eating or drinking, everyone should be masked. We need each faculty and staff member to help enforce this mandate.
- When you have a question about protocol regarding any COVID-related issue, please check the Task Force’s website first. It likely has the answer to the most common questions. If it doesn’t, you can email email@example.com with your question.