Covid-19 Monitoring, testing and reporting

Page last updated on July 15, 2020 2:34 pm

To support our students, faculty and staff in moving forward amid the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, M State commits to continuing to provide safe spaces where learning, teaching, serving and working together can thrive. Here are the phases and procedures that will guide the college community as we gradually reopen our campuses to pursue our mission of delivering affordable and exceptional education, service and workforce training.

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Symptom Monitoring Requirement

Campus-wide approaches to safety and the practice of physical/social distancing are important as individuals can be asymptomatic and COVID-19 positive. Individuals who have been authorized to return to campus must conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus to work. It is your responsibility to comply. It is our shared duty as a community to act responsibly. All returning employees and visitors will be required to conduct a health screening and sign a Tennessen warning prior to be allowed entrance into the building. You must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to be on campus. If faculty or staff have any concerns regarding their status, they should notify their supervisor and the director of safety and emergency preparedness that they are reviewing their health status prior to the start of any scheduled work period or time on campus; The director of safety and emergency preparedness will instruct the individual on appropriate next steps (medical appointment, self-isolation, clearance to report, etc.). The director of safety and emergency preparedness will notify the chief human resources officer of the employee status.

As noted under the Campus Entrance/Access to Buildings section, all employees, students and visitors will be required to complete a screening survey beginning on June 8, 2020 prior to being allowed into building.  Everyone will also be required to sign a Tennessen warning acknowledging we are collecting data on them.

If a student authorized to be on campus has concerns regarding their status, they should inform their instructor or dean that they are reviewing their health status prior to the start of any scheduled time on campus;

In order to ensure compliance with ADA requirements, records of symptom assessments should not be maintained by departments. Leave may be requested as provided by the respective bargaining unit provisions.

According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms or combinations of symptoms include:

  • Cough                                                            
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  
  • Repeated shaking with chills                         
  • Sore throat                                                     
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • New GI symptoms

If a faculty or staff member has any symptoms, including a fever of 100 degrees or greater, you must self-isolate until you are symptom-free or have negative COVID-19 test results. If the results are negative, you may return to campus without any formalized clearance and approval from your supervisor.

COVID-19 Testing and Notifying Supervisor

Faculty and staff who have symptoms related to COVID-19 or determine that they need to be tested based on potential exposure are encouraged to contact their primary care provider, who may instruct the individual to go to a designated assessment site to be tested. Students who have symptoms related to COVID-19 or determine that they need to be tested based on potential exposure are also encouraged to contact their primary care provider.

Individuals who have symptoms or may have been exposed and are off campus should contact their primary care physician for COVID-19 testing locations in their area.

If a faculty, staff member or student believes they have contracted COVID-19 after exposure to a known positive case or are feeling symptoms, you must stop work immediately and remove yourself from campus, even if you are not showing symptoms. Please notify your supervisor that you are leaving and that you have been exposed and/or developed symptoms. While you await test results, you must remain at home in self-isolation and keep your supervisor/dean informed of your return-to-campus status.

Positive Case and Contact Tracing

Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home until they have recovered. To help determine the risk of potential exposure to coworkers and others on campus, the director of safety and emergency preparedness will conduct a phone interview with the individual who has tested positive if possible. Exposed individuals will be given the name of the individual who tested positive so that their risk can be assessed. The director of safety and emergency preparedness may contact the supervisor if further contact tracing of the COVID-positive individual is needed; however, the actual test result (and any other protected health information) will not be disclosed, unless authorized by the individual who was tested.

Recovery status (and clearance to return to work) is assigned when: 1) the individual remains fever-free without the use of fever reducers for 72 hours; 2) the individual shows improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and 3) it has been at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared. Notification for return to on-campus activities are directed through the director of safety and emergency preparedness.