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.

EMPLOYEE NOTIFICATION OF COVID-19 EXPOSURE OR POSITIVE TEST RESULT

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.

      • Until further notice, employees will be asked to wear protective face coverings at all times, except when the employee is working alone in a private office.  Specifically, face coverings must be worn when the employee leaves their private work space and in all face-to-face interactions.  Currently Winthrop is supplying face coverings, and other PPE for facilities employees based on CDC guidelines for employees in certain professions.  For their own comfort and convenience, employees are encouraged to bring their own face covering when possible.
      • In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the campus community, all Winthrop employees are asked to practice social distancing, follow CDC protocol for self-care, and wear face coverings while on campus.
      • See the Phased Return to Work Plan for additional information regarding what Winthrop is doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and how we are managing employee concerns.
      • Stay at least 6 feet from other people
      • Do not gather in groups
      • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
      • 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.
      • 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 (fscovidreporting@winthrop.edu) 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 DO NOT COME TO WORK.  You must first notify your supervisor and then contact Human Resources (fscovidreporting@winthrop.edu) 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 (fscovidreporting@winthrop.edu) 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.
      • See the Phased Return to Work Plan for additional information regarding what Winthrop is doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and how we are managing employee concerns.

      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

       

    Protocol
    DHEC Mobile Testing Clinics

    In our continuing efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the pandemic, Winthrop employees may request temporary accommodation if they have a medical condition that could cause an increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19 as identified by the CDC. An employee’s temporary accommodation request may include working from home for a reasonable amount of time to allow the employee to become fully vaccinated, changing the physical layout of the work area, purchasing special items (such as a face shield) or other related requests. Medical documentation to support the request may be required.

    Employees who are interested in requesting a temporary accommodation due to COVID-19 should contact HRHelp@winthrop.edu. The employee will be asked to engage in an interactive process with the employee’s supervisor and Human Resources to determine if the request can be reasonably accommodated without undue hardship on the University.

    Resources for Faculty and Staff

    DHEC PSA: Coping with Stressful Events

 

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

Last Updated: 10/4/21