Employee Health and Wellness during COVID-19
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Your health and well-being are our priority. Please make sure to follow this guidance in situations as described below.
If you’re not well, please follow these procedures:
- Please stay home from work.
- If you are showing COVID-19– related symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19, contact your health care provider for guidance and contact University Employee Occupational Health Clinic at 919-966-9119, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For a symptom screening checklist, visit the Carolina Together Health Monitoring page.
- Notify your supervisor that you are sick and unable to come to work.
- Refer to the COVID-19 leave information page to review leave options, which may include Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL), paid administrative leave, your own accrued leave, or a combination of those.
- If you are feeling well enough to work, you may also arrange with your supervisor to work remotely, if possible, but employees who are sick for any reason should not report to a worksite and should focus on getting well rather than working.
- If an employee is not subject to official quarantine by public health authorities, but the UNC System President or UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor believes that an employee has symptoms associated with a communicable disease, the UNC System or University may direct the employee not report to work.
If you have come into contact with COVID-19:
- If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) with an infected person for more than 15 minutes when any person is not wearing a face covering, please do the following:
- Stay home and contact your primary health care provider.
- Notify your supervisor that you are unable to come to work.
- Contact the University Employee Occupational Health at 919-966-9119, from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.
- For information about testing and contact tracing, go to the Carolina Together Testing and Tracing page.
Testing and tracing at UNC
- If there is a possibility that you have been exposed to COVID-19 because a colleague has tested positive, you will be notified directly. Through contact tracing, University Employee Occupational Health will assess and inform employees who may be at risk and require testing and/or quarantine. In line with employee privacy laws and public health practices, only those who need to know about confirmed COVID-19 cases for their own personal health and safety will be notified. For information about testing and tracing, go to the Carolina Together Testing and Tracing page.
- Environmental Health and Safety or other areas will be informed of known or suspected cases and the need for appropriate cleaning and disinfecting measures.
High Risk Individuals
The CDC provides up-to-date information about who is considered high risk.
If you are considered high risk, information about accommodations and flexibility is available on the EOC COVID-19 Accommodations page.
For information on current UNC-affiliated travel rules and guidance, please visit the Carolina Together Campus Life page and see the Travel Guidelines section.
With respect to employees and personal travel, our ability to require employees to self-quarantine after personal travel is limited to situations where the CDC, the State of North Carolina, or another authority indicates the individual should self-quarantine based on the destination or mode of travel. For other personal travel, supervisors may offer flexibility to allow the employees to work remotely for two weeks after travel if there are concerns about risk. The University’s Community Standards ask us all to take steps to protect the community, including taking steps to self-monitor before coming to campus daily. View Screening Checklist. You may also utilize the self-monitoring tool for employees offered by EHS.
The Community Standards also includes requirements about face masks and physical distancing. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need support in encouraging and enforcing these measures.
You may also review the CDC guidance for Traveling during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
It is important that you take care of yourself! Wellness resources available to faculty and staff, including information on how to access services through the Employee Assistance Program.