Resources for employees dealing with COVID-19

The university is here to support employees who receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. If you receive a positive diagnosis, you should be aware of the following information:

How to get tested

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

MU Health Care's Nurse Line

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

MU HR Care Team

After your supervisor, department chair or director reports a diagnosis or close contact status through the COVID-19 Tracking Form,  Mizzou’s HR Care Team will reach out by e-mail and phone to ensure that you have all the information you need.

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.

General Guidelines

If you have been within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes (with or without a face covering) to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you may be directed to quarantine by either a health care professional or by the university.

It could take up to 14 days for symptoms to show up after being exposed. Therefore, it is important to quarantine even if you feel well (are asymptomatic). Please contact your health care provider for info.

During your quarantine, you should restrict activities and limit all movements that may put you in contact with others. This means staying home and remaining at least 6 feet away from others. Do not go to work, school, church, the gym, grocery store, friend’s or family’s homes, etc. Instead, arrange for food, prescriptions, and other necessities to be delivered and left at your door.

Televisit and virtual visits may be a quick and inexpensive way to visit with your health care provider.

In the event of a positive test

  • Isolate immediately.
  • Notify your supervisor. Your supervisor will then report the necessary information to Human Resources.
  • Review Mizzou’s available wellness and mental health resources.
  • Begin making a list of those you were in close contact with. This will help Public Health notify them quickly, so they reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

People in your house, your intimate partners, and caregivers as well as people who were within 6 feet of you for a cumulative 15 minutes (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 to14 days for them to show symptoms.

HR Care Team

An HR Care Team has been created to provide enhanced outreach to faculty and staff who have reported a positive diagnosis or have been in close contact with a positive individual.  Supervisors, department chairs and department directors must report employees with a positive diagnosis or who are close contacts to a positive individual to HR through the COVID-19 Tracking Form.  The HR Care Team will then reach out by e-mail and phone to faculty and staff to ensure that they 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 their county health department when contacted.

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 before symptoms begin, so this is critical to prevent the spread.

Quarantine and isolation infographic

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Returning to work

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