The State of Washington requires that PLU “‘screens all employees/students at the beginning of their day by asking them if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, or new loss of taste or smell.” This requirement serves the purpose of ensuring that all campus community members remain vigilant of their health in order to avoid possible transmission of COVID-19 onto our campus. Additionally, a YES response to any of the questions will increase the effectiveness of tracing possible contacts in the event an individual is suspected of or tests positive for COVID-19. All PLU community members should complete the PLU Wellness Check-In (formerly called the PLU Daily Health Attestation) on the days they expect to be participating in university activities (on-campus or virtually). Refer to the Staff Guidelines flowchart to assist in determining if you are safe to come in to work. You must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, or have had evaluation and clearance by a qualified healthcare provider stating that you are eligible to safely return to work on-campus.
At this time, relevant symptoms include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- And at least two of these symptoms:
- Chills or repeated shaking with chills
- Respiratory symptoms, such as, sore throat, runny nose or new sinus congestion
- Muscle pain or aches
- New GI symptoms, e.g., loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- New loss of taste or smell
- Known close contact with a person who has exhibited any of the symptoms listed above
If you have any of these symptoms, and cannot attribute them to another condition, allergies, or a new physical activity, you must stay home, notify your supervisor, and call your healthcare provider for assessment of symptoms and possible COVID-19 testing. You should also wear a face mask to avoid possible viral transmission to others. You should self-isolate until cleared by your healthcare provider to return to work.
According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Relevant conditions may include:
- Age (65 years and older)
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Chronic lung disease
- Serious heart conditions
- Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
- Severe obesity
- Being immunocompromised
Faculty and staff members who have been instructed to return to work on-site and have concerns about doing so due to a medical condition that places them in a higher-risk group, as well as those who are pregnant and those who wish to seek Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Reasonable Accommodations related to Returning to the Workplace, should contact their supervisor and/or Human Resources to arrange appropriate actions based on their individual situation. In accordance with ADA protections, employees are not required to disclose if they are in a high-risk category based upon a pre-existing medical disability.