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What to Do If You Have Symptoms

If you or any member of your household experiences symptoms - fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing - please do not report to work. 

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your symptoms.
  • Report your absenses to your supervisor and follow normal procedures to take leave.
  • Avoid contact with others.​​​​​​

If You Are at Higher Risk 

Faculty and staff who are considered high risk should consult with their supervisor about working remotely. Based upon available information from the CDC, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who are immunocompromised
    • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease

Employees with Young Children

Many local schools have closed for the upcoming week(s). We understand you may be facing challenges related to childcare. For the safety of the university community and your children, only MC employees will be allowed on campus. If you are unable to come to work, please let your supervisor know and arrangements can be made.


Faculty and Staff who are currently enrolled in one of the MC health plans, as well as household members who may not be enrolled in our health plan are eligible to contact First Stop Health at 888-691-7867. For additional information visit https://www.fshealth.com/coronavirus.


Faculty and Staff Returning from Travel

The University requires any student, faculty, or staff member who:

  • has traveled to an international destination or on a cruise ship; or
  • has a member of the student, faculty, or staff member’s household who has traveled to an international destination or on a cruise ship; or
  • has come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

Stay home for 14 days and follow CDC guidelines:

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  4. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  5. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).