Protocol for Employees Experiencing Symptoms

Last updated 01.12.2022

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If you have symptoms of COVID-19(1):

  • Contact a healthcare provider.
  • Get tested.
    • Rapid antigen tests, such as those available over-the-counter, are an effective first step for testing symptomatic individuals. Faculty can contact the Dean’s office (x3100) and staff can contact HR (x4818) for a free antigen test kit (subject to availability).
    • If antigen test is negative, take a PCR test using the TestIowa mail-in kit or through a healthcare provider. TestIowa PCR tests are free and available from HR and the Dean’s office or can be ordered for home delivery.
    • The college runs a courier service Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.; The PCR kit drop box is next to JRC information desk in the JRC.
    • If tests are not available, here are suggestions for local testing options.
    • Do not come to campus while waiting for results if you are not feeling well enough to work or have a recent known exposure. Work or teach remotely if your position allows. The College has provided up to 80 hours of Covid care time for staff members.
      • Staff: contact HR and your supervisor of your need to be absent
      • Faculty: contact Dean of the College to notify of need to teach remotely
  • If either test is positive, refer to section 1, “You Tested Positive for COVID-19” on the Faculty or Staff protocols for exposures and positive test results.
  • If both tests are negative and you are feeling well enough to work, resume in-person work and continue masking when indoors.
  • If symptoms persist or worsen, consult with a healthcare provider.

COVID-19 Symptoms (CDC):

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Seek emergency medical attention for the following symptoms (CDC):

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Additional Resources:

CDC Symptom Checker Tool

COVD-19 Information for Faculty and Staff

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