Winthrop University: COVID-19 Information for Employees

COVID-19 Information for Employees

The Winthrop University leadership and the Critical Incident Management Team are closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation related to COVID-19 and will provide updates as necessary.


If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or tested positive for the virus, click here to notify Human Resources.

CDC Updated Close-Contact Definition

Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

    For the most up to date information on COVID –19 Vaccine and Vaccine Locations, please refer to SC  DHEC.

      • Effective March 24, 2022, we will no longer require employees wear protective face coverings at all times when in doors. We have now transitioned to protective face coverings being optional except in certain areas. It is important to note that masks will still be required in all of the Center for Student Wellness departments in Crawford as that building is a healthcare facility. Also we want to support those who choose to continue wearing masks by still making both surgical and KN95 masks available through Facilities Management and Student Affairs..
      • We continue to encourage mask wearing for some individuals, including: 

        • If you are at high risk for illness – those who are elderly, immunocompromised, pregnant or who have certain medical conditions
        • If you live or regularly interact with someone at high risk for illness
        • If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine
        • If you have symptoms of COVID-19

      If you are not up to date on Covid-19 vaccines, stay at least 6 feet away from other people, especially if you are at high risk of getting very sick with Covid-19.

      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going into the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
      • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
      • Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      • At the time of publication of this communication, according to DHEC, symptoms of COVID-19 include shortness of breath, coughing, fever of 100.4 °F or greater, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
      • If you are experiencing symptoms or are sick, do not come to work.
      • If you become ill while at work, notify your supervisor, GO HOME IMMEDIATELY, CONTACT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER, and contact Human Resources ( for additional information and instructions.
      • If you appear sick, your supervisor may require you to go home.  (Supervisors should use discretion in determining when to send an employee home, taking into consideration symptoms associated with general allergies and the common cold.)  Please contact the office of Human Resources, Employee Diversity, and Wellness for assistance if necessary.
      • If you have been in close contact with any person known to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and you are fully vaccinated you can come to work. You should contact Human Resources ( for additional instructions and monitor yourself for any symptoms.
      • If you have been in close contact with any person known to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and you are unvaccinated DO NOT COME TO WORK.  You must first notify your supervisor and then contact Human Resources ( regarding the need to self-quarantine and for additional instructions.  Should symptoms arise during your self-quarantine, you should follow CDC guidance regarding what to do if you are sick.  CONTACT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY if your symptoms become severe.  You will need clearance from Human Resources, Employee Diversity, and Wellness before being allowed to return to work.
      • If you have been diagnosed with an active COVID-19 infection DO NOT COME TO WORK.  Employees who are diagnosed positive should contact the Office of Human Resources, Employee Diversity, and Wellness for additional guidance.
      • If you were diagnosed and have recovered from the COVID-19 virus, contact Human Resources ( for clearance to return to work.
      • Known reckless behavior on the part of any employee may result in a requirement to self-quarantine and/or in disciplinary action.

      If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, please submit the Employee Notification of Exposure or Potential Exposure form below.

      If you are home, DO NOT REPORT TO WORK. If you are at work, isolate yourself immediately, leave work if well enough to drive or contact a family member.

      Human Resources will contact you promptly to discuss next steps and the need to quarantine or isolate, if applicable.

      Employee Notification of Exposure or Possible Exposure to COVID-19



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The Office of Human Resources can be reached via email at for questions regarding this topic.

Last Updated: 5/31/22