COVID-19 FAQ for Employees

  • Updated July 18, 2020

     

    This important information from MUSD's Director of Health Services informs employees on what to do if diagnosed with COVID-19, if you learn someone is diagnosed, testing information, homemade masks, important resources, and more. It is critically important that all employees maintain privacy and abide by confidentiality laws.

     

    What are the symptoms related to COVID-19?

    Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, body aches, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, new loss of taste or smell.

     

    What should I do if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19?

    If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should follow the directions of your healthcare provider and remain under home isolation precautions until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms began OR until 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms of acute infection improve, whichever is longer. You should notify your direct supervisor. Your supervisor will notify the appropriate MUSD personnel as deemed necessary. At no time will your identity be disclosed to any co-workers. All employee health information is confidential and the District WILL maintain employee privacy.

     

    Who should I notify at MUSD if I am sick and think I have been exposed to COVID-19?

    You should ONLY notify your direct supervisor. Your supervisor will notify the appropriate MUSD personnel as deemed necessary. At no time will your identity be disclosed to any co-workers. All employee health information is confidential and the District WILL maintain employee privacy.

     

    What should I do if I am informed that one of my students or their family members have tested positive for COVID-19?

    You should ONLY notify your site administrator. Student health information is confidential and should NOT be shared with your colleagues. Employees MUST maintain student’s privacy regarding this information.

     

    What if I have worked with someone who is asymptomatic (not showing symptoms) but finds out he/she has been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19?

    According to the CDC, these situations do not represent an exposure and no intervention is needed. An exposure only occurs when an individual is around someone who has consistent symptoms or a diagnosed case.

      

    What should I do if I think I have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

    You should monitor your health for symptoms related to COVID-19 during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19. You should not go to work or school, and should avoid public places for 14 days.

     

    What do I do if I think I have become infected with COVID-19?

    Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you think you may be infected with COVID-19, including if you have been exposed to someone with the virus and have signs/symptoms of infection, i.e. fever cough or shortness of breath. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should tell your healthcare provider about any potential exposures to the virus you may have encountered.

     

    Should I be tested for COVID-19?

    Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your healthcare provider will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.  You can also call Arizona Poison Control at 1-844-542-8401 or Banner University Medical Center 1-844-549-1851.

     

    What should I do if I am sick but tested negative for COVID-19?

    If you have tested negative for COVID-19 and have compatible symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), you should stay home until 72 hours after all symptoms of acute infection improve.

     

    What should I do if I am sick but was not tested for COVID-19?

    If you have fever with cough or shortness of breath and have not been tested for COVID-19, you should stay home, away from others until 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms for acute infection improve.

     

    What should I do if I live with someone who has COVID-19?

    You should stay home for 14 days, except to get essential medical care, prescriptions and food. Do not go to work, school, or any public areas. Try to separate yourself from the ill person in your household, and self-monitor your health for symptoms related to COVID-19.

     

    Can I wear a homemade mask?

    CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. According to CDC, the cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Learn more. Here are a couple of links with directions for making a homemade mask.

     

    If I wear a mask, do I still need to maintain social distancing?

    Yes, whenever possible maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet even when wearing a mask.

     

    Helpful Resources

    • The Arizona Poison Control System is available at 1-844-542-8201 to answer questions for people who are sick and think they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, need quarantine guidance, or have questions regarding testing.
    • Banner University Medical Center drive thru testing. Speak to a clinical team member at 1-844-549-1851 to inquire about testing. Banner will only test patients in the drive thru who have an appointment.
    • For more general information relating to COVID-19 please call 2-1-1
    • CDC: Prevent Getting Sick
    • CDC: Symptoms of Coronavirus
    • CDC: Testing for COVID-19
    • CDC: Daily Life and Coping
    • CDC FAQ’s

     

    Please refer to reputable websites to obtain accurate information regarding COVID-19. The following websites are updated daily. These organizations, also post a wealth of information on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.