Exclusion of COVID-19 Or Suspected COVID-19 Cases
Symptom Monitoring Requirement
Faculty and staff who report to the workplace must conduct self-symptom monitoring every day before arriving to work. You must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 or have had evaluation and clearance by a doctor to be eligible to report to work. At this time, these symptoms include one or more of the following:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever – Greater than 100 degrees
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
If you have any symptoms, you should call your primary care provider for assessment of symptoms and/or COVID-19 testing. Medically necessary COVID-19 tests are provided by your health care provider for free.
Testing Options (Locations & Resources)
To keep the community safe and ensure that testing is available, the County of Orange's Health Care Agency and others are continuing to provide COVID-19 testing to all Orange County residents. If you need a COVID-19 test and do not have health insurance, and are unable to receive a test from your medical provider, here are some options:
- At-Home Test Kits are available at no cost for individuals that live in Orange County and are asymptomatic or have exposure concerns.
- Home Delivery Test Kits; pre-paid return shipping
- Orders will be fulfilled within 24-48 hours depending on the time your order is placed. Holidays may affect shipping times.
- Online registration, order request form and patient portal
- Virtual clinical support through PWN Health Provider
Daily limits may apply to meet service delivery times
Drive-Thru Testing at the Anaheim Convention Center or Orange County Fairgrounds
- COVID-19 and flu testing at no cost
- Two locations:
- Anaheim Convention Center
- Orange County Fairgrounds
Appointments are strongly encouraged to avoid delays and wait time.
COVID-19 Exposure and Confirmed Illness Protocol
If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and have symptoms, you can end home isolation when:
o You have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
o Your symptoms have improved, AND
o At least 10 days have gone by since your symptoms first appeared.
If you test positive for COVID-19, but have not had any symptoms, you can end home isolation when:
o At least 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive COVID-19 test, AND
o You have had no subsequent illness.
A negative COVID-19 test will not be required for an employee to return to work.
If an order to isolate or quarantine an employee is issued by a local or state health official, the employee will not return to work until the period of isolation or quarantine is completed or the order is lifted. If no period was specified, then the period will be 10 days from the time the order to isolate was effective, or 14 days from the time the order to quarantine was effective.
According to the CDC when self-quarantining, employees should:
- Stay away from other people in their home as much as possible, staying in a separate room and using a separate bathroom if available.
- Not allow visitors.
- Wear a face mask if they have to be around people.
- Avoid sharing household items, including drinking cups, eating utensils, towels and bedding.
- Clean high-touch surfaces daily.
- Continue monitoring their symptoms, calling their health care provider if their condition worsens.
Reporting Transparency Protocol
Any employee who experiences COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 must notify their supervisor and HR as soon as possible without fear of reprisal. Depending on the circumstances and pursuant to HIPPA, the district will notify impacted employees and follow the cleaning and disinfecting protocols recommended by the CDC.
Investigating and Responding to COVID-19 Cases
When the district learns of a COVID-19 positive case, we will follow the protocols listed in - RSCCD COVID-19 Response and Investigation Procedures (Attachment B). In the event we are required to provide testing because of a workplace exposure or outbreak, we will communicate the plan for providing testing and inform affected employees of the reason for the testing and the possible consequences of a positive test
Employees who had potential COVID-19 exposure in our workplace will be:
- Offered COVID-19 testing at no cost during their working hours.
- They will also be notified of any benefits available to them.
Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Access
It is our policy to:
- Report information about COVID-19 cases at our workplace to the local health department whenever required by law, and provide any related information requested by the local health department.
- Report immediately to Cal/OSHA any COVID-19-related serious illnesses or death, as defined under CCR Title 8 section 330(h), of an employee occurring in our place of employment or in connection with any employment.
- Make this COVID-19 Prevention Program available at the workplace to employees, authorized employee representatives, and to representatives of Cal/OSHA immediately upon request.