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Guidance for Symptomatic or Exposed Employees

Updated 5/25/2022

COVID-19 Decision Trees for Symptomatic or Exposed Employees

If you are a UConn Health employee who has:

  • Experienced a high-risk exposure to someone who is COVID-19 positive,
  • COVID-19 symptoms, or
  • Tested positive for COVID-19

Which decision tree applies to you depends upon whether you are:

Please follow these guidelines when you have COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

Clinical and clinical support employees who are required to work onsite – particularly those who are scheduled to work in the next 24 hours – should continue to contact the Call Center at 860-679-3199.

Important Highlights

Do Not Come to Work If You Have Symptoms or Test Positive. Stay home and use your regular call-out procedures if you are home. If you are at work, continue wearing your mask at all times and notify your supervisor so you can coordinate going home as soon as possible.

Know If You Are Considered an Employee Required On-Site to Mitigate Critical Staffing Shortages. This is determined by your senior leadership Ask your manager if you don’t know your status. In general, employees who are in clinical and clinical support roles who are required to work on-site fall into this category. UConn Health has two different decision trees – one that applies to clinical/clinical support employees required on-site to mitigate critical staffing shortages; and another that applies to all other employees, since different guidelines apply to these two groups.

Any Employee Who Tests Positive for COVID-19 Must Stay Away From Work for a Period of Time. This is determined by vaccination status, symptoms, and whether someone is considered an employee required to work on-site to mitigate critical staffing shortages.

Some Employees Who Have Experienced a High-Risk Exposure May Be Able to Continue Working with certain precautions. Again, this is dependent upon vaccination status, and whether an employee required to work on-site to mitigate critical staffing shortages. A “high-risk exposure” means you were 6 feet or closer to someone who is COVID positive for 15 minutes or more during a 24 hour period while at least one person is unmasked. Different standards may apply if you have a continuous high-risk exposure, such as a situation where you cannot effectively quarantine from the COVID positive individual who is a dependent household member and cannot isolate.

Calculating Return-to-Work Days: For those who are COVID positive, Day 0 = the date of symptom onset or positive test (if asymptomatic). For those with high-risk exposure, Day 0 = the date of most recent high-risk exposure.

COVID-19 Decision Trees for Symptomatic or Exposed Employees

Clinical and Clinical Support Employees

All Other Employees

COVID-19 Decision Trees for Symptomatic or Exposed Employees

Clinical and Clinical Support Employees
All Other Employees

Weekly Testing for Vaccine-Exempt Employees

If you have been approved for an exemption from mandatory vaccination, are partially vaccinated, or waiting a decision on you exemption request, visit Weekly Testing for Vaccine-Exempt Employees.