COVID-19 Protocols for Employees

September 1, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

With the recent updates to CDC guidance, it’s important to highlight the current campus COVID-19 protocols regarding testing, quarantine and isolation for employees.

  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 must do all of the following:

    • isolate for at least 5 days (symptom start date is Day 0) and wear a well-fitting mask for an additional five days

    • contact the Employee Medical Reporting Hotline at 518-442-1501 or complete an Employee COVID-19 Intake Form as soon as practicable

    • follow your unit’s call-in procedure

    • notify your close contacts of your positive COVID-19 test result

  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, employees who are close contacts of COVID-19 positive individuals:

    • are not required to quarantine as long as the employee is not symptomatic

    • should wear a well-fitting mask when around others for 10 days following exposure

    • should get a COVID-19 test after five days or if symptoms develop

  • Anyone who is ill should not come to campus. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should get tested.

  • Campus COVID-19 surveillance testing is now voluntary for all employees, regardless of vaccination status. See the Surveillance Testing webpage for program participation details.

  • Other non-employee campus community members (including visiting scholars, volunteers and invited guests) should follow the same protocols, excluding contacting the employee Employee Medical Reporting Hotline or completing an Employee COVID-19 Intake Form. These individuals should instead contact their local health department to report positive COVID-19 test results.

Have a safe and productive semester.

Denise L Szelest

Senior Director of Human Resources