Updated: July 13, 2020 at 7:02AM
Daily Health Check
As a reminder, please do not return to work on campus physically unless you are instructed to do so by your manager. All employees who are able to work remotely should continue to do so for the time being.
Faculty and staff working on campus are expected to take their temperature daily before coming to campus. If you have a temperature above 100.4 degrees, please do not come to campus.
If you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 including fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, unexplained loss of taste or smell, diarrhea or headache or if you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider or the campus health providers below. They can assess whether you should self-quarantine. Please let your department or manager know that you are unable to report to work as expected.
- Students: University Health Services, St. Liam Hall, 574-631-7497
- Faculty and Staff: Notre Dame Wellness Center, 574-634-9355
If your healthcare provider instructs you to be tested, you should remain in isolation until test results return. If your results are negative, your symptoms are improving and you are fever-free, you may return to work.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should not return to work until:
- Ten days have passed from the time you tested positive
- You have been fever-free without fever-reducing medicines for three days
- Your symptoms are improving
- You receive a note from your healthcare provider clearing you to return to work
The earliest you could come back, even if you are fever-free after the first three days, is seven days. This time could be extended if your fever remains or your symptoms do not improve.
Online Health Check
As the University approaches the full reopening of the University and the return of students, all students, staff, and faculty will be required to complete a mandatory daily health check. The health information provided by community members will only be shared with the COVID-19 Response Unit, the Wellness Center, or University Health Services. University Health Services or Wellness Center health professionals will evaluate the responses and reach out to community members as warranted for telehealth assessment and possible testing.
These protocols will be based on the most up to date medical information. The University will monitor compliance with this requirement across relevant groupings (examples might include percent completing in a class, in an organizational unit, in a building, in a residence hall, etc).
People Who Are at Higher Risk
According to the CDC, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. This includes people 65 years and older and people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
- Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- Serious heart conditions
- A compromised immune system, such as that resulting from cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplant, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- Severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- Liver disease
Many steps are being taken to protect the entire community as we return to the university’s core mission of teaching and research. We recognize that individual circumstances, including age and certain underlying health conditions, can increase the risk that, if acquired, the course of the virus can be more severe.
Therefore, in addition to all the protocols and changes being introduced, we are implementing, for the fall 2020 semester, a streamlined process for responding to individual requests for further accommodations related to COVID-19 based on personal circumstances. We may extend accommodations into the spring 2021 semester, without further requirements, as we learn more about the course of COVID-19.
Such accommodations could include measures such as: a special configuration of classrooms or workspaces, beyond those already planned; a change in the location or timing of your class or your work schedule; or enabling faculty, instructors, or staff to teach or work remotely. If you believe you may need further accommodation, we urge you to submit a request as soon as possible so we can begin working with you.
Initiate a request for COVID-related further accommodations at equity.nd.edu. There you will find a simple and brief form that asks for information based on the risk factors identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); these include age 65 and older and certain enumerated medical conditions.