Instructional Guide for Faculty


For notification and communication of a COVID-19 positive test

Includes faculty, postdocs, fellows, trainees

How to notify or communicate a positive COVID-19 test

  • IF

  • A student reports a positive COVID-19 test or you are aware that a student who physically interacts with others in a class/lab is absent and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or
  • A mentee/advisee reports a positive COVID-19 test; or
  • A co-worker in your laboratory reports a positive COVID-19 test

Then

  • ALIGN reporting with the status of the student or co-worker to notify . . .

  • Chair or director (who has subsequent reporting duties to report to their dean), if an undergraduate student.
  • Chair or director and the dean of the LGS, if a graduate student. 
  • Chair (if applicable) or the relevant associate dean of faculty, if a professional student.
  • The designated COVID-19 coordinator or COVID-19 risk mitigation team.
  • Emory's Contact Tracing Unit will be in touch with members of the community who are identified as “close contacts.”
  • Health information is protected; do not disclose names or other identifiers.

Then

  • In consultation with the COVID-19 coordinator or COVID-19 risk mitigation team, communicate utilizing the illness or COVID-positive templates to notify other co-workers in the unit/lab/department; and
  • Reinforce healthy behaviors to aid in minimizing disease transmission
  • Health information is protected; do not disclose names or other identifiers.

Stay Safe Reminders

Do not go to class if you have fever or are not feeling well

Avoid large gatherings

Practice physical distancing

Wear appropriate face coverings

Practice good hand hygiene

Clean and disinfect your space and personal items

Definitions

Close Contact

Within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive person for 15 minutes or longer (rules for health care personnel differ if wearing PPE)

Quarantine

Separates those who have been exposed to COVID-19 positive individual and equals date of last close contact, plus 14 days

Isolation

Separates those who are confirmed COVID-19 positive 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 date of positive COVID-19 test for asymptomatic individuals.

 

Campus Resources

Emory Healthcare COVID-19 Information and Nurses Line

Emory Student Health Services

Oxford Student Health Services