Employee wellness exposure management

Aug 27, 2020

The ASU Employee Wellness Exposure Management team provides outreach support to those affected by COVID-19 in our community. Our team offers supervisor consultations, guidance to employees who test positive for COVID-19 and identifies and notifies ASU community members who may have been in close contact with infected individuals.

Community assessment program

Community assessment testing is part of the university’s COVID-19 management plan. Individuals are randomly selected for testing. The test results give up-to-date information on what’s happening with the virus in our community and help us plan the next steps to manage the spread. The Employee Wellness Exposure Management team assists with the community assessment program to provide support, answer questions, determine close contacts on campus and help identify a return-to-work plan.

ASU employees may choose to take a COVID-19 test. Testing is available at all four campuses. Visit our Employee COVID-19 testing webpage for details.

Employees with COVID-19

Employees must contact their supervisors immediately if they test positive. Positive test results from ASU testing sites are shared with the Employee Wellness Exposure Management team. Positive test results done by outside entities must be reported to our team by supervisors or employees.

Individuals who test positive will be contacted directly and provided with the following guidance:

  • Education about self-isolation, the duration of which may vary depending on individual symptoms, the severity of illness and personal health factors.
  • Clarify return-to-campus steps.
  • Identify ASU members who were less than 6 feet away for 10 minutes or more. These close contacts will receive a notice letting them know they have been exposed to a person who has tested positive, along with quarantine and self-monitoring instructions. By law, this notice is done without identifying the ill individual. We will confer with ASU Facilities Management to coordinate the appropriate level of workplace cleaning.
  • Provide support, resources and referral information. 

Employee Wellness Exposure Management team

The Employee Wellness Exposure Management team is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 480-727-6517 or email EmployeeWellness@exchange.asu.edu.

Please leave your name and phone number only. Do not provide additional details in an email or voice mail. A team member will contact you promptly.

Supervisors: How to respond to an employee with COVID-19

Contact our office immediately if you become aware of an employee who tests positive for COVID-19, and those employees should not come to work until medically cleared. Employees identified as close contacts should not return to work until completing a

14-day quarantine. We will work with supervisors to verify their employees have met the return-to-work criteria.

Review the COVID-19 supervisor guidelines for additional details about how to address employee concerns and sharing information.

Exposure management guidelines

These general guidelines help mitigate the virus’s spread on campus and clarify terms used to manage COVID-19.

Close contact: A person who has been directly exposed to an infected person or their environment—less than 6 feet for 10 minutes or more—such that they had an opportunity to acquire the infection.

Contact tracing: Health professionals inform individuals who come in close contact that they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. The positive person’s identity is not shared. The individuals will receive quarantine procedure instructions.

Discontinuation of isolation: Symptom-based guidance can be used to determine the date it is safe to end separation practices. Students and employees must demonstrate that they have met the following criteria set by the Maricopa County and state health departments to return to campus:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared. 
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication. 
  • Symptoms have improved. 

If you have never had any COVID-19-related symptoms, but you did test positive, you may return to campus 10 days following your test date.

As part of discontinuing isolation, employees must call the Employee Wellness Exposure Management team for further instructions and verify medical documentation. Providers will clear students who are under ASU Health Services care. Students may also provide a letter from an outside medical provider to ASU Health Services for verification and approval.

The CDC no longer recommends COVID-19 retesting after a positive diagnosis until three months have passed from the first positive test date. Repeat testing may result in a positive diagnosis during that period. 

Incubation period: The interval between the time of invasion by an infectious agent and the first disease sign or symptom. For SARS-CoV-2, the incubation period averages four to five days, but it may be as long as 14 days.

Infectious period: The time during which a person can transmit a disease to others. The infectious period starts two days before someone develops symptoms.

Quarantine: Separation of a person, typically for 14 days following the last date of exposure to an infected individual, prevents onward disease transmission to those who are susceptible. 

Self-isolation: Separation of a sick individual throughout their illness to prevent onward disease transmission to those who are susceptible.

 

Additional questions

ASU has experts providing evidence-based guidance for keeping students, faculty and staff safe on campus.
Visit the COVID-19 FAQ or fall 2020 webpages for more details. Please email us about facilities and
operational questions. All ASU employees must take the Community of Care training for employees.