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Guidance for when to stay home from work and when to return

Posted by:
April 16, 2020

TO: PLU Human Resources
FROM: Faculty and Staff

In order to help ensure a safe work environment for PLU essential staff, we have developed guidance for employees and their supervisors who are needed on campus. It has been developed based on CDC and WA Department of Health advice for essential workers and is subject to change as the pandemic evolves and more information becomes available.

Attached to this memo are two flowcharts. Their purpose is to help you better understand the recommendations for duration of self-quarantine in the following situations:

  1. An employee or a household member is sick with respiratory symptoms that may be consistent with COVID-19, or they have been in close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

  2. The requirements in order to return to work after a period of self-quarantine;

  3. Also, a reminder that if an employee becomes ill at work, they must be isolated immediately and sent home as soon as possible.

If you need further, detailed information about self-quarantine situations, these are Department of Health publications that can help answer your questions:

  1. What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19;

  2. What to do if your were potentially exposed to COVID-19;

  3. What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

Please understand that “suspected” is any case where a health care provider believes the person has COVID-19. If you or a close contact is showing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider to determine whether your case is “suspected.”

If you have any questions specific to your situation and need additional information, contact your supervisor or Human Resources. We are extremely appreciative of and grateful for the dedication all of you have shown and continue to show throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. PLU is a community of many; a community of people who show up when they’re needed and put heartfelt effort into their work on a daily basis. Thank you!

Elizabeth Hopper
Director of the Health Center

Mary Jones
EHS Manager

Gretchen Howell
Director of Human Resources