COVID-19 FAQ for Employees

  • Updated October 9, 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 24 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.

     

    What is COVID-19 exposure?

    Exposure to COVID is defined as being within 6 feet of the sick person for more than 15 minutes while the person was infectious (beginning 48 hours prior to symptom onset or the test date if asymptomatic).

     

    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 without your permission. 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 notify your supervisor, not go to work or school, and you should avoid public places for 14 days. Additionally, 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.

     

    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. Pima County Health Department offers COVID-19 testing. Please see website link below.

      

    What does it mean to self-quarantine?

    The CDC states that quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

     

    What should someone do if he/she is asked to self-quarantine?

    • Stay home and stay 6 feet apart from other people in your household.
    • Do not share common items, including utensils, towels, etc.
    • Wash your hands frequently and practice good hygiene.
    • Do not have visitors.
    • Monitor your health and follow directions from your state or local health department, as well as health care provider.

     

    What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

    The CDC states that isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

     

    Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.


    What is considered an outbreak?

    The Arizona State Department of Health defines an outbreak as two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases among students or staff with onsets within a 14-day period, who are epidemiologically linked, do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing.

     

    How will MUSD notify staff and families with students in our District if we have a confirmed COVID-19 case?

    MUSD is committed to maintaining transparency with staff and families while protecting the personal health information of those diagnosed with COVID.

     

    Upon confirmation of a positive COVID case (staff or student), we will:

    • Conduct contact tracing and notify individuals who may have been potentially exposed.
    • Notify impacted site or department staff via email.
    • Notify families at the impacted school via email.
    • Notify all MUSD staff via email.

     

    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  24 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 24 hours after fever is gone and 10 days from when symptoms began OR if you receive an alternative physician diagnosis. 

     

    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.

     

    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.