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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.

Before You Return to Campus

1. Get your COVID-19 diagnostic test. Faculty and staff must provide proof of one of the following by Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021:

    • a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test conducted between Aug. 8 to Aug. 18
    • proof of a prior positive COVID-19 infection within the last 90 days
    • a completed COVID-19 vaccination record

Those who are not yet fully vaccinated and who will regularly be on campus during the fall months are strongly encouraged to be tested at least once per month.

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 University Health Services.

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 if you are not fully vaccinated
    • washing your hands frequently
    • maintaining a distance of three 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. 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. 

4. 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 the Center for Health and Well-Being and the Thomson Student Health Center, as well as on university shuttles, buses and other forms of public transportation. 

Because face coverings have been proven effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, we encourage everyone on campus to wear one indoors whenever physical distancing is not possible.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are expected to wear a face covering when indoors in any university facility – except when alone in a private office or when actively engaged in eating or drinking.

If you are not fully vaccinated and 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

The pandemic has created 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

 

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