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Employees Who Are Experiencing Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Stay home and don’t come to campus.
  • Avoid contact with others.

  • Contact your primary care physician.

  • Call the COVID-19 Self-Reporting line at 601-925-3030 or email COVID19@mc.edu.
  • Continue isolation until you’ve consulted with your healthcare provider. 
  • Notify your supervisor.

Symptoms

Some symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus and most people do not experience all of the symptoms.

  • Fever above 100.4°F, or feeling unusually hot (if no thermometer is available), accompanied by shivering/chills
  • Sore throat
  • New cough not related to chronic condition
  • Runny/stuffy nose/nasal congestion (not related to allergies or relieved
    by antihistamines)
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea, with or without respiratory symptoms
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Headache unrelated to chronic condition
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell
  • New foot sores (COVID-19 toes)
  • New rash

*This list is not all possible symptoms.

If You Are Required to Quarantine

For the Spring 2021 semester, if you are required to quarantine, you will have three options for the duration of your quarantine.

Option #1: 14-Day Quarantine

  • Quarantine begins on the last date of exposure.

Option #2: 10-Day Quarantine

  • Quarantine begins on the last date of exposure.
  • You will be required to test on MC's campus on day 10. 
  • On-campus testing is free.
  • You must be symptom-free in order to be tested.
  • *If the test is negative, you may return to work. You must continue to quarantine by behavior until day 14 of your full quarantine period. Quarantine by behavior is adhering strictly to mask use and physical distancing through quarantine day 14.
  • If the test is positive, you will begin a 10-day isolation period.

Option #3: 7-Day Quarantine

  • Quarantine begins on the last date of exposure.
  • You can receive a PCR (not rapid) test on Day 6 of quarantine. (This specific type of PCR (not rapid) test is not available on MC's campus.)
  • The cost of the test is approximately $50-$150 (at your expense). 
  • You will receive test results in approximately 24-72 hours (possibly longer).
  • While awaiting test results, you must remain in quarantine.
  • *If the test is negative, you may return to work. You must continue to quarantine by behavior until day 14 of your full quarantine period. Quarantine by behavior is adhering strictly to mask use and physical distancing through quarantine day 14.
  • If the test is positive, you will begin a 10-day isolation period.

*All quarantine events seek to minimize the potential that asymptomatic individuals do not transmit COVID-19 since carriers can pass on the disease for up to 14 days. Early quarantine options still require symptom monitoring, mask use, and 6' distancing while allowing more mobility to return to class/work. All quarantine options prohibit 1:1 labs, clinical placements, team sports, and close contact of any kind until 14 "asymptomatic" days have been completed. 

Source: MSDH

Questions?

If you have questions about working remotely or sick leave, please contact HR Director Donna Smith at dsmith@mc.edu.