Q. Does everyone in the building with or who may have seen the COVID-19 positive employee need to self-quarantine?
A. No. Only persons with whom the employee was in close contact as indicated on the Close Contact Report need to self-quarantine or potentially be tested. All other persons are considered to be at low risk and may return to educational activities immediately, even if the employee ultimately tests positive for COVID-19.
Close Contact is defined as: a) being within 6 feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes where at least one of the parties is not wearing a mask or b) having unprotected direct contact with infectious secretions or excretions of the person with confirmed COVID-19 where at least one of the parties is not wearing a mask.
Q. Will EVMS notify the entire campus that an employee has symptoms or thinks they have been exposed?
A. No. EVMS as an institution has to balance the requirements of the privacy of personal health information with the need to notify employees of potential risk. In general, EVMS will not be sending out campus-wide communications about individual incidents that are determined to be low risk and limited to a particular lab or set of offices. EVMS will work with exposed or infected employees and the Virginia Department of Health to identify other employees who will need to self-isolate and self-monitor.
Q. What if an employee fails to follow the protocol or to return the required Close Contact Report?
A. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, employees are required to follow the protocols outlined and could be subject to disciplinary action for not following EVMS directives. See the Universal Masking Policy and Disciplinary Action PowerPoint.
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