Guidance on Exposure

Guidance for Employees Experiencing Symptoms Associated with COVID-19

Any symptomatic employee should not report to work. As the number of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 increases, all New York State employees must monitor themselves for possible symptoms, such as:

  • fever,
  • cough,
  • shortness of breath, or
  • respiratory infection/distress.

Any employee experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 shall immediately report symptoms to their supervisor and human resources (HR) personnel at 934-420-2030 or HR@farmingdale.eduThe supervisor and HR personnel will immediately direct the employee to leave work, if they are currently at work, or stay home, if they are not at work, and self-quarantine as a precaution. The supervisor shall request and record the latest contact information for the employee, including home or mobile telephone numbers, so that HR personnel can reach them for follow up information. If the employee is experiencing severe symptoms and requires urgent medical attention, the supervisor should call 911 and notify the dispatcher that the distressed employee may have COVID-19 symptoms, so that emergency medical service responders may use appropriate precautions.

Facility maintenance personnel will clean and disinfect the suspected employee’s work area, including their desk, chair, telephone, desktop and computer equipment. Facility maintenance personnel will also clean the nearby common areas, including but not limited to door handles/push plates, light switches, elevator buttons, door handles/push plates, break room tables and chairs, as well as kitchen and restroom faucets.

HR personnel will remotely contact the employee to (1) inquire about current symptoms, (2) verify that they have precautionarily quarantined, (3) confirm the last day the employee was on campus and identify any close professional contacts, (4) direct the employee to call a health care provider and seek testing. The employee should first contact their primary health care practitioner to see if they are available and able to collect a sample for testing. If not, the employee should contact the New York State COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to be referred to a regional testing site that can collect and submit a sample for testing. The employee must notify HR of the test results as soon as they are received. Test results will be verified by the New York State Department of Health (DOH). People who have been in close contact with a symptomatic employee are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19, if the employee tests positive. As a precaution while the employee awaits test results, HR – in consultation with DOH – will identify the employees who may have been in close, sustained contact with the employee after they became ill. These close professional contacts will be notified by HR of their potential exposure and directed to self-quarantine. Professional contacts shall remain quarantined until the symptomatic employee’s test results are received, and HR provides further notice.

If the test results for the employee are positive (+), HR personnel will immediately direct the employee to maintain their quarantine for fourteen (14) days and advise the professional contacts to maintain their quarantine and, if they become symptomatic, seek testing from their health care provider. HR will also notify the supervisor of the positive test result and send a notice to all employees who work within the nearby work location.

If the test results for the employee are negative (-), HR official will promptly direct the employee to return to work after they have recovered from their illness and direct the professional contacts under quarantine to resume their daily activities and return to work.

For your reference, please find a summary flowchart of the above process. Employees should contact their supervisor or HR office with questions or concerns. Farmingdale State College personnel shall uphold the privacy of information shared by employees, in accordance with state and federal law.

Guidance for Students Experiencing Symptoms Associated with COVID-19

As the number of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 increases, all New York State residents should monitor themselves for possible symptoms, such as:

  • fever,
  • cough,
  • shortness of breath, or
  • respiratory infection/distress.

Any student experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 should immediately report symptoms to their primary healthcare provider, an urgent care center, or their local Emergency Room.  If you are experiencing symptoms it is vital to remain where you are until you get in touch with a healthcare provider.  It is crucial to call the healthcare facility prior to arrival in order to minimize the potential of spreading the virus to other community members.  Students on campus can contact the Health and Wellness Center from 9 AM through 4 PM Monday-Friday at 934-420-3578 and contact campus police at 934-420-2111.  Students with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 are encouraged to contact the Health and Wellness Center to inform them of their condition and diagnosis. 

Last Modified 6/6/20