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Sick or Symptomatic Employees

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is a highly infectious, life-threatening disease declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic. COVID-19’s highly contagious nature means that contact with others, or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, can lead to infection and community spread. Individuals who may have been infected with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic for a period of time, or may never become symptomatic at all. Because of its highly contagious and sometimes “hidden” nature, it is currently very difficult to control the spread of COVID-19 or to determine whether, where, or how a specific individual may have been exposed to the disease. 

The CDC website notes the following as symptoms of Coronavirus, which can range from mild to severe and may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever or chills
  • 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

Please note that this list does not include all possible symptoms and the CDC continues to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19.

Sick or Symptomatic Employees

Any employee who is feeling sick or who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that are above and beyond typical symptoms associated with known chronic medical conditions must not report to work on campus. The employee should notify their supervisor. The supervisor must notify Human Resources as soon as possible by emailing Terri Maguire, human resources manager for work life and employee recognition programs, at tmaguir1@swarthmore.edu. (Note: While you are required to notify the College that you cannot come to work, you are not required to share your diagnosis. However, promptly notifying the College that you have tested positive for COVID-19 allows the College to perform contact tracing for the safety of the College community.) 

Human Resources will follow-up with the employee to provide further instructions, including benefits and leave information. The supervisor will be notified of the employees’ status as appropriate, to ensure they are able to arrange adequate coverage.

Employees should immediately consult with their health care provider and take precautionary measures as directed by the CDC. Employees should consult with Terri Maguire about their return to work date, as recommended by their physician.