Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
Fully vaccinated persons, please consult the CDC website, “When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated. How to protect yourself and others.”
Guidance for Unvaccinated People
All VCSU employees are asked to report if they have tested positive for COVID-19 and are advised to isolate or have been identified as a close contact and are advised to quarantine.
VCSU employees will follow the CDC guidelines, which do not allow self-monitoring as an exemption from quarantine. VCSU employees meeting CDC criteria for isolation or quarantine will not be allowed on VCSU property, or in VCSU workspaces during their isolation or quarantine period.
How to Report
Option 1: Complete Online Reporting form
Facts About Isolation and Quarantine
Isolation (Tested Positive)
Separate yourself from others if you have COVID-19.
How Does Isolation End?
Isolation ends when the following criteria are met:
- Employee has not had a fever for at least 24 hours (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) without the use of fever reducing medications.
- Employee's other symptoms have improved (for example, cough and shortness of breath have improved).
- At least 10 days have passed since student’s first symptoms appeared.
- Employees who did not have symptoms and tested positive, are allowed to leave isolation after 10 days have passed since their positive test, so long as they remained symptom free.
Quarantine (Close Contact)
Stay home if you might have been exposed to COVID-19.
Once you have completed and submitted the online report, the Human Resources Office will reach out to you to discuss the next steps and options for you to continue working remotely, if possible, or what level of leave you are eligible for if unable to work.
YOU ARE A CLOSE CONTACT TO A COVID-19 CASE, NOT WHAT?
YOU ARE BEING TESTED FOR COVID-19, NOW WHAT?
YOU HAVE COVID-19, NOW WHAT?
- Employee must notify supervisor, and is not allowed on VCSU campus, until sick family member is subsequently tested for COVID-19 and found to be negative.
- Sick family member should be encouraged to seek medical attention and be tested for COVID-19.
- Employee is advised to self-quarantine at home. This ordinarily will involve self-quarantine for 17-20 days (10 days of household member’s isolation period plus 7-10 days beyond that.)
- Employee’s coworkers are expected to continue to report to work as usual if asymptomatic.
- If employee is unable to work, they may use VCSU Dependent Care Sick Leave (NDUS HR Policy 7).
- Consideration may be given to VCSU employees identified as close contacts, but essential to the sustained operation of the University, to continue to work, provided practices as identified by the CDC are followed. Supervisors will contact VCSU’s Human Resources Office for additional information.
Workspaces will be cleaned according to CDC guidance.
The North Dakota University System is no longer legally allowed to continue offer the Extended Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) or Extended Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) as a state employer. Going forward from January 1, 2021, benefited staff or faculty who are required to quarantine or isolate due to exposure to or a positive test for COVID 19, will need to use their sick or annual leave. While the employee might not necessarily be ill during quarantine, employees are permitted to use sick leave in this instance. If COVID causes a serious health issue for an employee or their family member, they might be eligible for regular Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protection and should apply for that protection accordingly.
Employee Assistance Program
Please remember that the Employee Assistance Program is available. The following is the EAP contact information:
The Village Business Institute
1201 25th St S
PO Box 9859
Fargo, ND 58106-9859