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Human Resource Service Includes COVID Guidelines Update

Human Resource Service Includes COVID Guidelines Update

We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. We want to take this opportunity to provide you with the most current guidance around COVID-19 to help address concerns, answer any questions, and allow us all to take the steps necessary to help keep our campus environment as safe as possible this semester and beyond.

We will continue to inform you of any changes as they occur. In the meantime, thank you, in advance, for your continued partnership and support to help us all stay healthy and safe.

DO’S AND DON’TS IF YOU EXPERIENCE COVID-LIKE SYMPTOMS

With positive COVID cases on the rise, here are the important things to know and do if you experience COVID-like symptoms:

DO’s:

  • Attain a COVID-19 test in your community (not on campus, see ‘Dont’s’ below).
  • Remain home from work and do not come to campus for business-related matters.
  • Wear a mask if you are around others at home.
  • Seek care from your healthcare provider if you feel you need to.
  • Notify the Health Information Line (HIL) only if you test positive.

DON’ts:

  • As a reminder, if you are not feeling well, do not attempt to obtain a COVID test at our surveillance test sites, such as the SAC or HSC Galleria.
    • On-campus pooled testing sites are designed strictly for people with no symptoms (‘asymptomatic’ individuals).
    • Being on campus, and testing when you have symptoms, not only jeopardizes the health of others, it delays our ability to detect and report positive cases among people who have no COVID symptoms.
  • Also do not use the test site to verify a positive home rapid test result.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU TEST POSITIVE

  • If you test positive through a community test site or a home rapid test, please notify the HIL at (631) 632-5000, option 1, regardless of whether you have symptoms:
    • Leave a clear message with your name, telephone number and ID number, and your call will be returned as promptly as possible.
    • While waiting for a call back, follow the guidance above under ‘Do’s and Don’ts …’ and stay home.
  • Please note that HIL calls will be returned in this order:
    • Individuals who test positive at an on-campus surveillance testing site will be contacted first.
    • Then we contact those who notified us of testing positive through either a community test site or a home test. (We do need to know about home test positive results as the NYSDOH has determined that these test results are valid).
  • The HIL will provide guidance on how to identify those exposed and when you can return to work.
  • Whether you were vaccinated or unvaccinated or have symptoms or not, you will be required, per the most recent CDC and NYSDOH guidance, to remain  home/isolate for five days (shortened from the original 10 days by the CDC on December 27).
    • If you have few or no symptoms after five days and are fever-free, you can leave your house and return to work. You will not need to present a negative test result, but will be required to wear a mask around others at all times for five more days.

RETURNING TO WORK AFTER TESTING POSITIVE

  • The HIL will provide return to work guidance for individuals who tested positive and are able to return to work at the end of five days.
  • If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised, you will need to seek clearance to return from your healthcare provider, or access the Suffolk County Department of Health website to request an end of isolation letter.
    • Please submit your clearance note to HRS Time and Attendance

WHAT TO DO IF YOU WERE EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19 (QUARANTINE)

Here is the latest guidance, per recent CDC protocols:

If you have been boosted, or completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months, or completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day five, if possible.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

If you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than six months ago and are not boosted, or completed the primary series of J&J vaccine more than two months ago and are not boosted, or are unvaccinated:

  • Stay home for five days, then continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day five, if possible.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

BOOSTER SHOTS: WHERE AND WHY TO GET THEM/HOW TO SUBMIT PROOF
We strongly encourage you to get your shots to help stop the spread of COVID and lessen the severity of symptoms. We also strongly encourage faculty and staff who are already vaccinated to get a booster shot as soon as possible. Per CDC guidelines, you are eligible to get your COVID vaccine booster if you received:

  • A second dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago.
  • One dose of J&J at least two months ago.

 

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