Guidance 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

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.

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 a cumulative 15 minutes (with or without a face covering) to someone with COVID-19.

Options for reducing your quarantine period may be available.

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 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 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,  you still need to finish quarantine. The full 14-day quarantine is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and is still the safest option. Options for reducing your quarantine period may be available, in the event test negative and experience no symptoms. Follow the quarantine guidance provided by your health care provider.
  • It is important you continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a mask regularly, because symptoms can still occur up to 14 days after exposure to a positive person.

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.