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Division of Human Resources

COVID-19 Information for Employees

The health of the campus depends on each employee doing their part to reduce the risks of COVID-19.  These resources are provided to help you transition back to working safely on campus.

Learn more about our response to Governor McMaster's Executive Order to return to normal operations. Our plan will return most administrative personnel and staff to campus during the week of March 15, 2021. Temporary exceptions will be approved for employees with qualifying circumstances.

 

Before You Return to Campus

1. Get your COVID-19 diagnostic test. Employees working on campus are required to obtain a negative result during the first week they are on campus and once every 30 days throughout the semester. The test is available through Student Health Services and the cost of the test will be charged to your insurance. Employees who do not have insurance will also be able to obtain the test at no cost. Additional information is available through Student Health Services

If you have been vacinated or have recently tested positive for COVID you may be exempt from this requirement.  Check the the testing website for more information and upload the necessary documentation into myhealthspace.

2. Complete the Health Attestation form and monitor your health daily. For help completing the form, please refer to the COVID-19 Attestation instructions.

3. Review the safety guidelines,

 

Returning to Campus

1. Follow the safety guidelines. The most important thing you can do to keep yourself and others safe is to follow the safety guidelines. This includes:

    • monitoring yourself for symptoms every day
    • staying home if you are sick
    • wearing your face covering
    • washing your hands frequently
    • maintaining a distance of six feet from others
    • disinfecting surfaces and maintaining a clean workspace

2. Seek help if you are experiencing stress or anxiety. Employees have 24/7 access to counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program.

3. Know what you should do if you have been in close contact [pdf] with someone who has tested positive for or is experiencing symptoms of COVID -19.

4. Follow guidance if you are required to quarantine.

    • To self-quarantine, avoid physical contact with other people and not share household items. Be alert for symptoms of COVID-19.
    • If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, chills, cough, loss of sense of smell or taste, headache, or sore throat, call UofSC’s Coronavirus Phone Bank at 803-576-8511, or contact your health care provider. The Phone Bank will walk you through the isolation protocol and initiate contact tracing. 

5. Take action if you experience symptoms of COVID-19.

    • If you are sick, notify your supervisor and stay home or return home.
    • If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, chills, cough, loss of sense of smell or taste, headache, or sore throat, call UofSC’s Coronavirus Phone Bank at 803-576-8511, or contact your health care provider. The Phone Bank will walk you through the isolation protocol and initiate contact tracing. 
    • Notify Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) at 803-528-8191 so EHS can investigate and determine if this potential illness meets the OSHA’s reporting requirements for a workplace illness.

 

Face Coverings

The university requires face coverings to be worn at all times inside all campus buildings – except when alone in a private office or when eating. All individuals on campus in outdoor areas are expected to wear a face covering whenever physical distancing (six feet or more) is difficult or the risk of infection is high.

If you have a health condition that makes wearing a face covering difficult you are encouraged to talk with your direct supervisor about accommodations. Your supervisor may ask you for documentation from your health care provider. The documentation does not need to provide specific information about your health condition, but will need to confirm that there is a medical reason you cannot safely wear a face covering.

 

Balancing Childcare and Work

Many K-12 schools are operating on modified schedules, after school programs may be limited, and day-care providers are operating under stricter guidelines. This creates additional challenges for employees who have school age or pre-school children. The information on our parenting resources webpage is provided to assist employees who need to balance childcare and work.

 

Support

Your supervisor is available to assist you as you transition back into the workplace and answer your questions. If you have additional concerns, your department or division HR Contact is also able to answer questions and help resolve problems.

 

Additional Resources for Employees

 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn about how the university is changing to mitigate the effects of the novel coronavirus and what you can do to help.


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