Resources for employees dealing with COVID-19

We know this is a difficult time and you have a lot of questions. The information below will help you navigate the process and protect yourself, as well as the Mizzou community.

Should I get tested?

If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and contact your health care provider.

MU Health Care's Assessment Line

Free phone assessments to get an order for a COVID-19 test: 573-884-0948

MU HR Care Team

If you have work-related questions about COVID-19,  ask the MU HR Care Team by contacting the employee relations partner for your area.

When to get tested

If you have symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. If you are asymptomatic but have been a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, the current recommendation for testing after exposure is to wait seven to nine days. Testing too soon after exposure can provide a false negative result.  You are considered a close contact if you have been within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more (with or without a face covering) to someone with COVID-19.

While waiting for results

You should stay home and restrict your activities with others until you receive your test results.

If you test positive

  • Isolate immediately.
  • Notify your supervisor. Your supervisor will then report the necessary information to Human Resources through the COVID-19 Tracking Form.
  • Review Mizzou’s available wellness and mental health resources.
  • Begin making a list of your close contacts, which helps Public Health notify them quickly, so they reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. People in your house and caregivers as well as people who were within 6 feet of you for 15 minutes or more (with or without a face covering) are considered to be “close contacts.”
  • Because these close contacts have been exposed, it is possible that they could test positive for COVID-19. They should quarantine, even if they feel well, because it can take up to 14 days to show symptoms.
  • During your isolation, you should restrict activities. This means staying home and remaining at least 6 feet away from others.  Instead, arrange for food, prescriptions, and other necessities to be delivered and left at your door.

If you test negative after exposure

  • If you are quarantining because you were exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and you test negative, you still need to finish your 14-day quarantine.
  • It is important you finish the quarantine period because symptoms can still occur up to 14 days after exposure to a positive person.

HR Care Team

If you reported a positive diagnosis or are identified as a close contact of a positive individual, the MU HR Care Team will reach out to you.  Supervisors, department chairs and department directors must report such employees to HR through the COVID-19 Tracking Form.  The HR Care Team will ensure you have information regarding available leave options, community resources, basic guidance related to isolation/quarantine from the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, and what information to gather to provide to the county health department when contacted.  You can also call the HR Care Team by contacting your “employee relations” partner in your college, school or division.

The HR Partner will also work closely with supervisors, chairs and department chairs regarding leave options and any return to work questions.

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Isolation or quarantine?

Isolation: separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

Quarantine: separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. A person can be contagious with no symptoms or before symptoms begin, making isolating or quarantining critical.  This link explains when and how long to quarantine.


Quarantine and isolation infographic

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Returning to work

  • Before you can return to campus, you will need to have a statement from a public health case investigator indicating the date you were released from isolation. The case investigator should ask you if you need a note, or you can request one. These letters will be emailed to you as an attachment and should be kept as you may be required to show proof of the release.