As part of adapting to the new normal during the pandemic, each of us has an obligation to stay home if we have COVID-19 symptoms and not “push through” by going to work. By doing this, employees play a vital role in keeping our colleagues and community healthy, and will be supported by their supervisors.
Prior to being on campus each day, employees must self-monitor using the COVID-19 Daily Checklist [PDF]. This will be sent to either your home or work email address prior to returning to campus, and will include a link where you must attest each day that you have self-monitored and are symptom free before coming to campus. If you are unable to complete the online version, you will be required to sign a log attesting that you completed the self-check and are symptom free. This information will be kept separately from any personnel records.
If you are experiencing symptoms potentially related to COVID-19, stay home from work, contact your healthcare provider and notify your supervisor. If your healthcare provider requests you to be quarantined and/or tested, the College must receive clearance from your healthcare provider in order to return to work.
If you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms while at work, please notify your supervisor and go home as soon as possible. Your supervisor will notify Human Resources. Once home, contact your health care provider for guidance. Your supervisor or Human Resources will contact you for updates. If your healthcare provider requests you to be quarantined and/or tested, the College must receive clearance from your healthcare provider in order to return to work.
Employees who are 65 or older, or have an underlying medical condition that might place them at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, should contact Human Resources to determine the best return-to-work plan for them. Underlying medical conditions include, but are not limited to:
- chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- serious heart conditions
- Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune-weakening medications
- severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- liver disease
Employees who come in direct contact with a person who is lab-confirmed or a suspected case for COVID-19 should contact their health care provider for guidance and testing as appropriate. If you do not have a healthcare provider please contact Hometown Health at (518) 370-1441.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you must notify your supervisor or EHS. The College will immediately notify the appropriate local health department and will cooperate with contact- tracing efforts -- , including notification of potential contacts, such as employees, students or visitors who had close contact with the individual -- , while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations. The College must receive clearance from your healthcare provider in order to return to work.
In addition, Union’s COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocol will be implemented for those areas where individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 have visited or resided.