Guidance for employees dealing with COVID-19

If you’re in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19, you may have a lot of questions. During this challenging time, the information below can help you navigate the process and take care of yourself as you stay at home until your release date.

If you’re unvaccinated and exposed, stay home

If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and have not been fully vaccinated, you’ll need to quarantine. You should stay home and get tested. Restrict your activities with others until you receive your test results or your quarantine period is complete. Learn more about quarantine and isolation on our dedicated webpage.

If you’re fully vaccinated and exposed

If you have been in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, you are not required to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered within the past three months, as long as you show no new symptoms.  You should monitor for symptoms for 14 days and if new symptoms develop, quarantine may be necessary.

If you test positive for COVID-19

Notify your supervisor immediately if you test positive for COVID-19. You can do so in the manner you usually use to communicate with your supervisor — for example, via email or phone. When your supervisor receives your notice that you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, it’s their responsibility to report the necessary information to Human Resources through the COVID-19 Tracking Form.

Your supervisor or representatives from the HR Care Team can help you determine remote work options if you choose to work during your isolation period. They can also provide additional information about the resources available to you as you isolate and the process for returning to work after your isolation period is complete.

Connect with the MU HR Care Team

The HR Care Team provides enhanced outreach to faculty and staff who have reported a positive diagnosis or have been in close contact with a positive individual.

The HR Care Team will reach out by e-mail and phone to provide information regarding available leave options, community resources, basic guidance related to isolation/quarantine from the Columbia/Boone County Health Department and other information.

HR Care Team members also work closely with supervisors, division directors, and department chairs regarding leave options and return to work questions.

Helpful resources

Employees may have different needs as they deal with COVID-19 exposure or infection.

To learn about the resources available to you, reach out to your HR contact. You can find additional support through Mizzou’s available mental health and wellness resources, or access other MU or UM System resources below:

Returning to work after COVID-19

If you likely had or were confirmed to have COVID-19, it’s important that you return to your in-person work only when it’s safe for you and for others. In most cases, isolation ends 10 days after your symptoms first appeared, but your isolation requirements also depend on whether you had symptoms, if symptoms are improving, whether you have a weakened immune system and more. In general, we recommend you follow your health care provider’s recommendations and the guidance outlined on the CDC’s Isolate if You Are Sick webpage to understand when you can be around others after being sick.