March 2, 2020-Information for Employees
Emory & Henry College continues to monitor the ongoing Coronavirus situation and seeks to provide accurate information as it becomes available from reliable sources. At this time, the risk of exposure for the general public in the United States remains low. However, because this outbreak is changing, the best course of action is to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the trusted organization charged with monitoring and controlling the coronavirus in the U.S.
Information and Resources
- Follow the guidelines and information provided by the trusted agencies below, including steps to prepare should an outbreak happen in your community, and guidance for travelers.
- For all that you need to know, including travel advisories: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html
- For specific questions, see the CDC’s FAQ section: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
- For information about COVID-19 in your state, search your state’s health department, which works with the CDC to monitor and implement all recommendations: www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html
- For up-to-date developments, research, and guidance from government health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO), go to: www.idsociety.org/public-health/Novel-Coronavirus
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following:
Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, a fever (100* F or greater using an oral thermometer) should stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Employees should notify their supervisor, stay home if they are sick, and seek care from their local healthcare provider if symptoms do not improve.
Employees are strongly encouraged to use their sick leave to cover absences from work due to illness. Do not come to work if you have any symptoms of an acute respiratory illness.
Additionally, the CDC also recommends employees take the following steps before traveling:
- Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found on the CDC website.
- Check yourself for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and notify your supervisor and stay home if you are sick.
- If you become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment, understand that you should notify your supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
•If outside the United States, sick employees should contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist them with finding an appropriate healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help locate healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, and resources to evacuate or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.
Please continue to practice proper hygiene measures to limit the spread of any illness:
- Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
- Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
- Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects including cell phones.
- Do not eat or drink after another person.
If you are at work and begin feeling ill, there are disposable thermometers located in first aid kits in offices across campus. You may contact the College Health Center (276-944-6219) to check for nurse availability if you would like to have your temperature checked. You are strongly encouraged to receive your seasonal influenza vaccine available until May at the Health Center (https://www.ehc.edu/college-health-center/). The $17 charge goes on your E&H account. If you do not have a primary care provider, you may contact the Emory Internal Medicine office, 276-695-0205, to check for the availability for new patients with Brenna Hinchey, FNP-C. Private insurance applies. Ballad Urgent Care is located at Exit 19 in Abingdon.
Tracy Peery, MBA, MA, SHRM-CP, PHR
Director of Human Resources