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Message to Faculty and Staff

Sept. 8, 2021

Good morning,  

Several questions have come into the Re-entry email account and to Human Resources surrounding the first question on the daily symptom checker (are you working remotely?) and how to get a COVID-19 test – particularly if experiencing symptoms. Please take a few minutes to review these frequently asked questions -  

1.     How do I fill out the Symptom Checker when I am working remotely AND coming to campus? 

On the symptom checker the first question reads: 

“Today--are you working remotely (i.e. at home, not on campus site, etc.)?” 

If you are only working remotely and NOT coming to campus, you will answer this question YES, you are working remotely. If you are working remotely part of the day, but coming to campus at some point during the day/night, you will want to answer this question NO. If you will be on campus, you are not working remotely for the day. 

We understand some faculty and staff will be working on campus and also working off-site on the same day. The Re-entry Committee is not tracking who is working remotely and who is working on campus. Your answer to this question will not skew any data. In essence, if you are on campus, and you choose in the symptom checker that you are NOT working remotely, this can help Human Resources with contact tracing efforts, should it be necessary.  

Please make sure you take a moment each day to reflect on your health and if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please mark this in the symptom checker in Question #2. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please mark those in Question #3. If you do have symptoms, this will let Human Resources know to follow-up with you for further information.     

2.     What do I do if I am experiencing symptoms? 

Anyone who is feeling ill or experiencing symptoms should not report to work. It is better to err on the side of caution and stay home. Please contact your supervisor to inform him/her of your absence. If you have been a contact of a known case of COVID-19, please follow the instructions for symptomatic testing 3-5 days after your last exposure. 

3.     Where can I get a COVID-19 test? 

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing (for those who have NO symptoms) is currently available for faculty, staff and students at the Pharmacy Care Clinic on Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m. or at the Birkam Health Center Monday through Friday by appointment. Please call x2614, Option 2, if you would like to schedule an appointment.  

Any faculty or staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (symptomatic) should contact their healthcare provider for testing and treatment options. Spectrum Health also offers COVID-19 screening and testing. On their website, it currently states you first must be screened to determine if you qualify for a COVID-19 test, and all tests require a valid physician order. More information on symptomatic COVID-19 testing can be found on Spectrum Health’s website. Or, you can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, and press 2 for help finding a test site, or search online for a testing site near you.   

4.     What if I test positive? 

If you find yourself testing positive for COVID-19, please report this via the “Report a Positive Test Result” portal found in the right-hand menu of the Coronavirus Updates Hub homepage. This will help Human Resources and the Birkam Health Center provide the current quarantine/isolation protocols, begin the process of contact tracing and provide other support you may need.    

Are You Vaccinated? 

Finally, if you have not been vaccinated yet, we urge you to talk to your healthcare provider, and if you are able, please take advantage of the opportunity the COVID-19 vaccine provides to lessen the severity of the disease and keep yourself, your colleagues and your family safe. The vaccine is readily available to you at the Birkam Health Center. Call x2614, Option 2, to set up an appointment.    

If you are vaccinated, we encourage all faculty and staff to document you have been fully immunized against COVID-19. This form is located in the Healthy Dog Portal under the COVID-19 tab (where you complete the daily symptom checker) and only needs to be completed once. This will help gauge aggregate vaccination rates of our Ferris community.   

As we move through the semester, please continue to help keep our campus safe and healthy by doing the following:    

  • Complete the daily symptom checker before coming to a campus location  
  • Report COVID-19 signs/symptoms in the symptom checker  
  • Stay home when you are feeling ill 
  • Report a positive test result for COVID-19
  • Wear a face covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status 
  • Engage in good hygiene practices including frequent and thorough hand washing    

Please stay tuned, as we will continue to provide information via email and on the Coronavirus Updates Hub webpage. As always, you can reach the Committee at [email protected]. Thank you for staying informed and keeping our campus community healthy and safe.  

  -The FSU Re-entry Committee