Emergency Preparedness: COVID-19

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Employees

To help protect the health and safety of our community against COVID-19, Minnesota State is requiring mandatory screening of any student, employee, or visitor entering campus or the system office. Please watch the video for instructions and click on a health assessment below for the building you wish to access.

 

The Self-Assessment will help individuals identify if they are experiencing the following:

  • A fever (100.4 degrees or higher), or a sense of having a fever or feeling feverish (Chills or sweating).
  • A new cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition.
  • A new shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition.
  • A new sore trout that cannot be attributed to another health condition.
  • A new muscle ache that or is not caused by a specific activity such as physical exercise.
  • A new headache that cannot be attributed to another health condition.
  • New loss of smell or taste that cannot be attributed to another health condition.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea that cannot be attributed to another health condition.
  • New onset of nasal congestion or runny nose, not associated with allergies or another health condition.
  • If under evaluation for COVID-19 due to exposure and/or symptoms (e.g. waiting for results of a viral test to confirm infection).
  • If diagnosed with COVID-19 and not yet cleared to continue isolation. 

 

If employees experience any one of these conditions the recommended next steps by the Minnesota Department of Health are the following:

  • Self-isolate or quarantine immediately
  • Monitor health, contact healthcare provider as needed
  • Contact the area supervisor and human resources.

 

Additional Information about the Self-Assessment Tool

 

 

COVID-19 Testing

Test Kits and Centers

Minnesota State is launching a COVID-19 saliva testing program. Under this program, a saliva test for COVID-19 will be provided free of charge to all faculty and staff currently working at Minnesota State. For more information on this free testing program, click here. (Log in required with yourStarID@minnstate.edu.)

Minnesota State faculty and staff will not pay any out-of-pocket expenses for the saliva test through this program. The cost may be covered by your health insurance plan. If not covered by your health insurance, the State of Minnesota will cover the cost utilizing federal CARES Act funding.

The test is conducted by collecting a saliva sample during a Zoom-enabled, HIPAA-compliant, supervised visit with a Vault Health professional. The visit is necessary to ensure enough of a sample is produced from the appropriate individual. After a sample is collected, it is sent to a Vault Health laboratory for testing. The program will end on December 31.

FAQs and more information

COVID Testing in Minnesota

Working Remotely

What are the expectations for working at home?

Log into Skype/Teams when you are working.  This will allow co-workers to contact you and show that you are available. 

Work your normal hours and normal shift unless otherwise directed by your supervisor.  If you are not logged in during your normal work hours and available, then you will need to take leave for those hours.  If you need a different work schedule due to other responsibilities when at home, this different schedule must be approved by your supervisor. 

What hours do I have to work?

Your supervisor will advise you of your work schedule.  Your work hours may be changed.  The governor has signed an executive order allowing for the state to temporarily change employee hours and assignments without notice due to the emergency, regardless of normal contract provisions that would otherwise govern these types of changes. 

What if I'm taking care of children when I'm at home?

MMB has directed that you can work from home when caring for children, as long as you can fulfill the essential functions of your position or assignment.  If you cannot do this while caring for children, then you can ask your supervisor to approve you changing your work hours to allow for coordination with another child caregiver--i.e., you can care for children during your normal daytime shift, and then work during the evening when another caregiver is available to care for the children--if your supervisor approves this. 

What if I don't want to work from home?

Our campus is still open, and we are still serving students and employees remotely.  If the essential functions of your position can be fulfilled by working remotely, you are expected to either work remotely, or take vacation or comp leave.  Your supervisor may also work with you to develop an alternative remote work assignment for you during this time.  

Does my supervisor have to tell me what to do/who do I get my instructions from?

Your supervisor should develop a remote work plan for you which will give you guidelines for what tasks, functions, and projects to accomplish during this time.  Your supervisor will be your primary contact for giving you direction during this time.  Your supervisor may also delegate supervision of your remote work position to either their supervisor, or another supervisor if necessary.  You may also be reassigned to another agency or work site entirely due to the provisions of the governor's emergency executive order.

What if my position can't work remotely?

If your position is considered essential to emergency campus operations--i.e. some facilities and public safety employees--then you should still report to work and perform your duties as directed by your supervisor.

If your position is not essential to emergency campus operations and cannot be performed remotely, we will work to try to identify a position or duties that we can re-assign you to.

When should I use the COVID–19 leave code?

Employees who need to use the COVID-19 leave code will need to consult with Human Resources first and Human Resources will consult with the supervisor on how to proceed.

If I want to report to campus and am not sick, can I still come to work?

You must work through your supervisor to determine if you are able to be on campus.

Quarantine

According to the CDC: Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

For more guidance on quarantining: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

If I'm under quarantine, can I still work remotely?

Yes, if you are able to work remotely.

If I'm under quarantine, must I work remotely?

If you are legally required to quarantine or self-isolate, then you are not required to work remotely. 

 

If you have additional questions, or need additional information, check with the Department of Human Resources.