Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

Employee FAQ

The Rapid Respond Team and leadership continue to monitor pandemic circumstances in consultation with medical and other experts in conjunction with needs of the University. Guidelines are updated and communicated on the HR website as conditions and policies change.

Masking

Do I need to wear a mask on campus?

Masks are now optional. Masks will only be required in the Student Health Center and The Counseling Center.

Vaccines

Can I find out which of my students and colleagues aren’t vaccinated and/or received the booster?

No, this is protected information per federal regulations.

If I’m vaccinated and received a booster shot, will I still have to participate in surveillance testing?

As of April 19, 2022 random testing has been suspended.

If I’m not up to date with my COVID-19 vaccines, will I still have to participate in surveillance testing?

Yes, through commencement (May 14, 2022), HR will send you a PCR home test and you must comply with the instructions. Failure to comply will lead to disciplinary action. After commencement, COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated and non-boosted employees will be suspended.

Reporting Positive Cases and Contact Tracing Information

Will I still have to respond to the GetVitalCheck symptom tracker every day?

No, the symptom tracker is suspended as of April 19, 2022. Employees should contact their primary care physician if they become symptomatic or have medical questions related to COVID-19.

What should I do if I become symptomatic of COVID-19, or if I’m a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

Employees who are symptomatic or who are identified as a “close contact” to someone who tested positive, should stay home and contact their primary care physician. They should also contact their supervisor, similar to how they call in with any other illness. If the employee is approved to work remotely by their supervisor, and they are well enough to do so, they may work remotely if required to quarantine. Note: A “close contact” is defined by the CDC.

If I test positive for COVID-19 how/where should I report it since VitalCheck is now suspended?

Employees must report their positive COVID-19 test results through the new Employee COVID Reporting Form. This will notify HR of the COVID-19 positive test result. HR needs this information for Loyola required contact tracing, and for statistical and planning purposes; and to report required information to government officials. Prior to returning to any Loyola campus, employees must be medically cleared to return. Employees must follow CDC guidelines and physician instructions regarding waiting periods before returning to on-site work at any Loyola campus.

Note: The Employee Self-Reporting Form is not for reporting symptoms, only for reporting positive cases.

Is the University still doing contact tracing?

Yes, Loyola will continue to do contact tracing to let members of the community know that they have been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 are required to participate and respond to Loyola’s contact tracing vendor, HealthCareIT.

If I am vaccinated and received a booster shot and am identified as a close contact, do I need to quarantine?

CDC indicates that if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines and have come in close contact of a COVID-19 infected individual, you should be tested at least 5 days after exposure; however, you do not need to quarantine unless you develop symptoms. You should, however, wear a mask until receiving a negative test result.

How does the CDC define a close contact?

Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 48 hours prior to illness onset or from 48 hours before being tested for COVID-19 if asymptomatic, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask.

Remote Work/Taking Leave

Do I still have access to the COVID-19 leave bank for my own or my child’s illness and/or quarantine related to COVID-19?

Yes. Staff and administrators are allotted up to fifteen (15) COVID-19 leave days, total, during the period of January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022. The COVID-19 leave is to be used if the employee is required to work on-site or is unable to perform their work remotely, and:

  • They are under physician order to quarantine due to close contact with someone with COVID-19; or
  • They are under physician orders to quarantine due to symptoms of COVID-19; or
  • They have tested positive for COVID-19, with or without symptoms, and is under physician orders to quarantine; or
  • The employee’s minor child is under physician orders or official school or daycare orders to quarantine as they have been identified as a close contact with, or have symptoms of, or tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Employees approved for 100% remote work who are under physician care and are too ill to work remotely due to testing positive or having symptoms of COVID-19 may also use the COVID-19 leave.

Employees may use sick, personal, and/or vacation time as appropriate or go unpaid if they have exhausted their paid time off, including their COVID-19 leave. Employees should work with their supervisors to figure out what work responsibilities they can complete remotely when possible, rather than using leave.

Support

I’m having a tough time with this stage in the pandemic. Where can I turn for help?

Employees may contact the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 1-800-765-0770, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Information can also be found at www.EAPHelplink.com. Please use the company code "LOYOLA".

If you have other questions please contact your HR Partner.

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