COVID-19 Guidance for Exposure and Contact

Employee actions

A close contact is defined by the CDC as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset.    

If you believe that you meet this definition, stay home and contact Longest Student Health Center (LSHC) by phone. LSHC will help you determine if a close contact has occurred. Do not arrive at the clinic without calling first.

Employees will have to self-quarantine for 14 days if they have a close contact unless they are released earlier by LSHC.  While self-isolating, employees should self-monitor for symptom development and check their temperature at least twice daily. See the Medical Based Protocol in the Return Plan.

Supervisor actions

Continue encouraging employees to follow spread-reduction steps.  Do not allow employees who have had a close contact to continue working. Direct them to LSHC.

Employee actions

Notify Longest Student Health Center (LSHC) and follow instructions they provide regarding when you may return to campus.  We understand that local health care providers may provide you with timelines to self-isolate that differ from those provided to you by LSHC.  You may not return to work until cleared to do so by LSHC regardless of the directions given to you by outside health care providers.  For timelines used by LSHC, see the Medical Based Protocol chart in the Return Plan.

Supervisor actions

Contact Brent Crocker at 662-325-4521 for further instructions.

Employee actions

Continue to follow the guidance provided by Longest Student Health Center. Continue to self-isolate.

Supervisor actions

Contact Brent Crocker at 662-325-4521 for further instructions.

Employee actions

Follow LSHC instructions for self-isolation from a positive result. Report any problems to LSHC.  At a minimum, an employee who tests positive will have to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the onset of symptoms or if asymptomatic, from the date of the test.  An employee must be symptom free for at least the last 24 hours of the self-isolation to return to campus.  For timelines used by LSHC, see the Medical Based Protocol chart in the Return Plan.

Supervisor actions

Contact Brent Crocker at 662-325-4521 for further instructions.

Employee actions

Employees should self-isolate until at least 24 hours have passed since their last symptoms or fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.   For timelines used by LSHC, see the Medical Based Protocol chart in the Return Plan.

Supervisor actions

Continue encouraging all employees to follow spread-reduction steps.

Employee actions

Stay home and contact LSHC at 662-325-2055 for further instructions.

Supervisor actions

Continue encouraging all employees to follow spread-reduction steps.  Do not allow employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 to continue working. Direct them to LSHC.

Employee actions

Continue to take basic precautions and report any concerns to LSHC at 662-325-2055. You will be notified if you were determined to fit the definition of a close contact*.

Supervisor actions

Continue encouraging all employees to follow spread-reduction steps.

Employee actions

Working in the same building does not generally qualify as close contact. Monitor symptoms. Contact LSHC at 325-2055 with any questions.

Supervisor actions

Continue encouraging other employees to follow spread-reduction steps.

Employee actions

Continue to self-isolate and contact Longest Student Health Center for further guidance.

Supervisor actions

Continue encouraging other employees to follow spread-reduction steps.

Employee actions

Employee may return to work if cleared by Longest Student Health Center.

Supervisor actions

Continue encouraging other employees to follow spread-reduction steps.

*According to the CDC, a Close Contact is defined as:

a) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for at least 15 minutes; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case

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b) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on)

Contact tracing is a process used to determine if other individuals may have come in close contact with someone who is COVID-positive and would need to be notified. This determination should only be done by officials in Longest Student Health Center or at the Mississippi State Department of Health.