Instructional Guide for Employees


For Notification and Communication of a COVID-19 Positive Test

Includes: faculty, staff, postdocs, fellows, trainees

How to report COVID-19 situations

  • CALL

    The Emory Healthcare COVID-19 Information and Nurses Line at 404.71.COVID (404.712.6843) to gain access to an evaluation and testing with the assistance of Emory Healthcare.
  • NOTIFY

    Immediate supervisor
  • (ALT CALL)

    If accessing a COVID-19 test from a testing facility outside of Emory Healthcare (i.e., pharmacies, public health facility, urgent care, etc.), employee must call the COVID-19 Information and Nurses Line at 404.712.6843 to report results.

    *Family or others should notify for employees who are hospitalized or otherwise incapacitated.

If an Employee

  • Tests positive or has symptoms of COVID-19; or
  • Is identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 (contacted by the Department of Public Health or Emory’s Contact Tracing Program).

Then

  • Employee calls the COVID-19 Information and Nurses Line or his/her medical provider for a test (if not yet tested, is symptomatic, or has been exposed).
  • Notifies supervisor.
  • If the employee has a positive test result or reports symptoms, he or she will complete the contact tracing interview, speak to OIM, and isolate at home at least 10 days until cleared to return to work by an OIM return-to-work coordinator.
  • If the employee has an exposure, he or she will complete the contact tracing interview, complete COVID-19 testing, and quarantine at home for at least 10 days until cleared to return to work by contact tracing.
  • Seeks medical care if symptoms worsen.

Daily Reminders

Stay home if you have fever or are not feeling well

Avoid large gatherings

Practice physical distancing

Wear appropriate face coverings

Practice good hand hygiene

Telework when possible

Definitions

Close Contact

Within 6 feet of a COVID-positive (COVID+) person for 15 minutes or longer (rules for health care personnel differ if wearing PPE)

Quarantine

Separates those who have been exposed to a COVID+ individual and equals date of last close contact, plus 14 days

Isolation

Separates those who are confirmed COVID+ and equals 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours since last fever without fever-reducing medications; and 10 days have passed since the date of positive COVID-19 test for asymptomatic individuals.

Important Contacts

Emory Healthcare COVID-19 Information and Nurses Line

  • 404.71.COVID (404.712.6843)

Emory Occupational Injury Management Office (OIM)

  • 404.686.8587, Option 1