If a student tells you they have COVID-19 should you make an announcement to the class?
If there is a way to make such an announcement without it becoming obvious who the individual is with COVID, then it's OK to do so -- meaning it must be a large class. If you have a small class where absences are noticeable, you should not make such an announcement.
If your class is not large, we suggest that you make a generic announcement instead, something to this effect:
"As a reminder, with everyone coming back on campus there COVID risk increases -- in fact, we are aware of some positive cases within the department -- so please, monitor daily for symptoms and if you experience any, stay home, mask up and get tested. If you know of anyone close to you who comes down with COVID, it is even more important to monitor for symptoms and take appropriate action as needed, but monitoring for symptoms is a good daily practice. So is washing your hands frequently. Lastly, anyone who wants to mask in this class as a precaution is welcome to do so."
Resources from NMU HR
Human Resources has assembled a list of resources for all employees, including things such as:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Telecommuting Tips and Checklists
- Managing Your Stress and Anxiety
- Supervisor Resources
If you test positive for COVID-19
If you test positive for COVID-19, follow these steps:
- You will need to isolate for a minimum of 5 days from when you were exposed, or if you don’t know the exposure source, from when you tested positive.
- Contact your supervisor and develop a plan. Some individuals feel well enough to work remotely, others do not, or you may not have a position that allows for remote work.
- Fill out the NMU COVID exposure form that is found on the MyNMU portal’s Employee page in the “Safety and Training” box in the middle column.
- If you need additional medical or health guidance, contact your personal health professional or contact the NMU Health Center at 906-227-2355.
- Consider if there are any students or colleagues you interacted with closely who you should inform of your infection so they can monitor for symptoms or get tested.
- You can return to work on the 6 th day if you have no fever and you are symptom-free, but you must mask when you are on campus for an additional 5 days (for a total of 10 days from exposure) or continue to work remotely for the additional 5 days, if your supervisor approves. You do not need to get any type of medical documentation to return to work.
Daily Self-Screening Questionnaire
Each day, by reporting to work on campus, employees are attesting that they have reviewed the questionnaire, feel well, do not have apparent COVID-19 symptoms, and do not know that they have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual.
- How do I feel physically?
- Have I recently developed any of these ailments, unrelated to any other health issues I have?
- Cough, newly developed or worsening
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chills or repeated shaking with chills
- Feeling feverish or have fever above 100.4F*
- Muscle aches
- Abdominal pain
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Recent loss of smell or taste
- Could I have been exposed?
- Someone in my household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is displaying symptoms
- I know that I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
This questionnaire does not replace the judgment of healthcare professionals.
Workplace Hygiene & Cleaning Requirements
- Frequently wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer.
- Additional personal protection equipment may be requested from your supervisor or the NMU Safety Department.
- When returning to work and on a daily basis, clean and sanitize your high-touch surfaces.
- Use cleaning supplies supplied by the University.
- Adhere to signs noting the maximum number of individuals allowed in small spaces.
- Discuss with your supervisor or facilities staff any concerns you may have, or email email@example.com