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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 an RT-PCR (not rapid) test on Day 6 of quarantine. This specific PCR (not rapid) test is not available on MC's campus. The TrustCare COVID-19 Testing Clinic in Clinton offers the RT-PCR test with results within 24 hours. TrustCare accepts cash or credit card only; the swab test is $165 for faculty and staff. Insurance is not accepted at the Clinton location. Schedule an appointment at the TrustCare COVID-19 Testing Clinic in Clinton.
  • 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

Persons who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 need not be quarantined if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Source: CDC

Additionally, the CDC recommends that persons who have recovered from COVID-19 do not need to undergo repeat quarantine or repeat testing for SARS-CoV-2 in the case of another COVID-19 exposure if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Has recovered from laboratory-confirmed (PCR or antigen) SARS-CoV-2 infection and has already met criteria to end isolation
  • Is within the first 3 months following the onset of symptoms of their initial confirmed infection, or within the first 3 months of their first positive viral test if they were asymptomatic during the initial infection
  • Has remained asymptomatic since the new exposure

Source: CDC and MSDH

Questions?

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