Instructional Guide for Supervisors


For notification and communication of a COVID-19 positive test

If an employee reports a positive COVID-19 test

  • CALL

    The Emory Environmental Health and Safety office at 404.727.2888 to request disinfection of a work site or lab.  

  • COMMUNICATE

    Communicate directly with all others in the unit/lab/department that a person tested positive using the COVID-19 positive template letter (must protect confidentiality). If unit leaders feel it is necessary to communicate with others prior to a test result, they can do so using the illness template letter. The template letters should be sent PRIOR to scheduling Environmental Services to clean the area.

  • NOTIFY

    If the unit/lab/department is located in a multi-use, shared building, notify other unit/lab/department leaders within the same facility. 

  • NOTIFY

    School/business unit leadership and school/unit HR office of the occurrence.

    * Health information is protected; do not disclose names or other identifiers.

If an employee reports COVID-19 symptoms

  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fever 
  • Chills 
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Sore throat 
  • Loss of taste or smell (without a stuffy nose) 
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Then

  • Send the employee home and provide instructions for seeking advice from the Emory Healthcare COVID-19 Information and Nurses Line;
  • Call Environmental Services for cleaning and guidance about the need to close off the area used by the sick person; and
  • Use the illness template letter to notify co-workers in the unit/lab/department while maintaining confidentiality.

    * Health information is protected; do not disclose names or other identifiers.

If an employee reports that a member of his/her household has tested positive for COVID-19

  • Advise the individual to report the situation to the COVID-19 Information and Nurses Line to seek guidance and speak to an employee contact tracer for return-to-work clearance.

    * Health information is protected;  do not disclose names or other identifiers.

 

Encourage Employees to:

Stay home if they have fever or are not feeling well

Avoid large gatherings

Practice physical distancing

Wear appropriate face coverings

Practice good hand hygiene

Telework when possible

Important Contacts

Emory Healthcare COVID-19 Information and Nurses Line

  • 404.71.COVID (404.712.6843)

Emory Environmental Health and Safety office (EHSO)

  • 404.727.2888

Emory Occupational Injury Management Office (OIM)

  • 404.686.8587, Option 1