Daily Wellness Self-Checks

August 27, 2020 - 11:49am

Each day before coming to campus, everyone, including students, is required to do a wellness self-check. Taking your own temperature is highly recommended, though not yet mandatory, unless required by your position or activity on campus. The CDC considers any temperature over 100.4 F to be indicative of illness. 

The CDC states that people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills (over 100.4 F)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Also look for other less obvious signs you may be getting sick: 

  • Unusual or excessive feeling of fatigue or tiredness 
  • Pain or irritation in your throat
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea 

All or some of the aforementioned symptoms have been reported to have occurred earlier in the illness and in some cases, before people became aware they had contracted COVID-19. 

If you have any of the above symptoms that are uncommon for you (for example, many people have allergies and may have some of those symptoms regularly), follow appropriate guidelines and refrain from coming to campus.  

How to determine when it is safe to return to work will need to occur on a case-by-case basis and depends on various factors. 

Employees who fail their wellness self-check: Employees who notice symptoms during their wellness check should notify their supervisor immediately, or HR if that is more comfortable to them. The supervisor should notify HR immediately: Scott Kasper, (707) 826-5174, scott.kasper@humboldt.edu.

They do not need to disclose why they were not cleared, only that based on the wellness checklist that they are not cleared to come to work. The information will be treated as an HR notification and personal information will be confidential.

Once the employee has stopped experiencing symptoms they will need to either provide a doctor’s note clearing them to return to work or a COVID-19 test showing a negative result. During the time that an employee may be waiting for an appointment or for testing results every effort should be made for them to be able to work remotely or they should contact HR about the applicable leave.

Students who fail the wellness self-check: Students who notice symptoms during their wellness self-check should not attend any face-to-face instruction, utilize any of the dining service facilities, or use any of the communal spaces on campus. They should immediately inform their instructors. Instructors should immediately contact COVID Coordinator Kim Comet: (707) 826-3305, kim.comet@humboldt.edu. Students should also call to schedule an appointment with the Student Health Center at (707) 826-3146. 

Students do not need to disclose why they did not pass the wellness self-check, only that they are not cleared to come to campus. Personal information will remain confidential. 

Students will need to provide the campus COVID Coordinator with a doctor’s note (from either their primary care provider or Student Health Center) or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to face-to-face instruction. Faculty should be flexible and make their best effort to ensure that the student is extended flexibility while waiting for an appointment or test results. 

Related Guides: Health & Safety and Student Health & Wellbeing 

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