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Reporting Infected, Suspected or Exposed-Close Contact Cases

The University requests that all faculty and staff who become infected, suspected or exposed-close contact under the definitions noted below self-report utilizing the COVID-19 Case Report to the Office of Covid-19 Response. In addition, if any employee of the University receives a first-hand report of someone who is infected, suspected or exposed-close contact, they should be referred immediately to the Office of COVID-19 Response and the recipient of the report should complete the COVID-19 Case Report.

Upon submission of the report, the individual who is infected, suspected or exposed-close contact will receive an email along with additional guidance and next steps. If the employee is scheduled to be on campus they should notify their supervisor. If an employee originally submits a COVID-19 Case Report for a suspected case or exposure-close contact to COVID-19 and later tests positive for infection, they should report as soon as they are able to the Office of COVID-19 response that they have a medically confirmed case of COVID-19. The Office of COVID-19 Response will monitor active cases to ensure compliance with procedures listed below.
 

Faculty and Staff Guidelines for Contact with University Buildings

Individual Status As of September 1, 2020
Confirmed Infection Employee
  • May not return until not less than ten (10) days from first experiencing symptoms and
  • At least twenty-four (24) hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medication and
  • All other symptoms have improved or
  • Not less than ten (10) days have passed since test and is asymptomatic
All employees who are infected, suspected or exposed-close contact should follow CDC-recommended steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employees should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider.
Suspected Case Employee:
  • Can return to campus after three days with no fever and
  • Respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) and
  • Not less than 10 days since symptoms first appeared
All employees who are infected, suspected or exposed-close contact should follow CDC-recommended steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employees should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider.
Exposure to Person with COVID-19 Employee
  • Restricted from campus for not less than 14 days from exposure
All employees who are infected, suspected or exposed-close contact should follow CDC-recommended steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employees should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider.
Institutional Obligations All employees who are infected, suspected, or exposed-close contact should follow CDC-recommended steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employees should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider.
 
When a community member is restricted from campus as set forth above, facilitation of the following will be made available:

Employee
  • If possible, the employee shall be allowed to perform remote work
  • If the employee is too ill to perform work or unable to perform work remotely the employee will be referred to Human Resources for assessment of options for applying COVID-19 Leave, vacation/personal holiday, sick or unpaid leave.
  • Should an employee be absent for more than five days in a row for medical reasons, they should contact Human Resources to discuss their need for continued time away from work.
Definition Key
Community Member: Student, faculty or staff at any UW-Green Bay Campus.

COVID-19 Incident: The self-disclosure by a community member that they have a confirmed infection, suspected case of COVID-19 or have been exposed to a COVID-19 infected person.

COVID-19 Report: The receipt of information from a community member to a University employee that they may be infected, suspected or exposed.

Infected: A person who has a medically confirmed positive test for COVID-19 Suspected: A person who has a fever and one or more symptoms of COVID-19

Exposed-Close Contact: A person who has had close and prolonged contact with a person who has a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19.  A person is at risk of infection from exposure if they have close contact (less than six feet) for a period of time exceeding 15 minutes or contact with respiratory secretions (coughed or sneezed on, shared food or drinks, etc.) with a person who:
  • Has a positive laboratory test
  • Is a suspected case with symptoms which existed for greater than 48 hours and a test has been recommended

Additional information regarding risk associated with exposure can be found here