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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 FAQ

Email the HR COVID19 Team to receive information on testing options.

You will be asked to show your ID and…

  • Do you have any Major or Minor Symptoms?

Have you in the past 14 days

  • Been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • Been exposed to anyone with one of the major COVID-19 symptoms?
  • Waiting for COVID-19 test results?
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days?

Minor Symptoms

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting or Nausea
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Fatigue

Major Symptoms

  • Feeling feverish, having chills
  • Temperature of 100.4 or greater
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • New or unexplained persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

One (1) major OR two (2) minor symptoms will require you to stay home.

Whether you are vaccinated OR unvaccinated if you:

  • Have one Major symptom: feeling feverish, having chills, Temperature of 100.4 or greater, New loss of taste or smell, New or unexplained persistent cough, Shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
  • Have two Minor Symptoms: sore throat, Headache, Muscle or body aches, Runny nose or congestion, Diarrhea, Vomiting or Nausea, Abdominal (stomach) pain, Fatigue.
  • Have been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Have been exposed to anyone with one of the major COVID-19 symptoms
  • Are waiting for COVID-19 test results
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 via PCR in the past 10 days

OR

You would like to utilize public health emergency leave:

Public Health Emergency Leave provides two weeks of paid leave and is provided only once per emergency or until the two-week allowance is used up. Employees may take the public health emergency leave for the following reasons related to the communicable illness that caused the emergency (currently COVID-19):

  • They need to self-isolate after being diagnosed with or having symptoms of the illness;
  • They’re seeking a diagnosis, treatment, or care (including preventive care) for the illness;
  • They were excluded from work by the employer or government health official because they had been exposed to or have symptoms of the illness;
  • They’re unable to work because of a health condition that increases the susceptibility or risk of the illness; or
  • They are caring for a family member experiencing circumstances in the first three categories or whose school or care provider is unavailable or closed because of the emergency.

Please contact the HR COVID19 team at covid19.acc@aims.edu.

You will need to isolate for 10 days or until you are fever/medication-free for 24 hours and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving, whichever is longer. This means you will need to stay home for a minimum of 10 days. Unless — a COVID test is negative (PCR only) AND you are fever/medication-free for 24 hours and the other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

In accordance with CDC and CDPHE Guidelines:

A.    If vaccinated: no quarantine is needed if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The employee or student is fully vaccinated per the CDC's definition (CDC fully vaccinated definition)
  • The employee or student contacts Human Resources (employees including student workers) or the Dean of Students (students) COVID-19 Response Team and provides proof of vaccination
  • The employee or student is not symptomatic since the time of exposure.

 B.    If unvaccinated: a 10-day quarantine is needed

  • Employees and students will be quarantined for 10 days (instead of 14)
  • Employees and students will be quarantined if exposed even if they themselves were never symptomatic

If unvaccinated an employee or student may return to work before the quarantine period is over if:

  • The employee or student receives a COVID-19 PCR Test 5 or more days after the date of exposure and the COVID-19 test returns negative.  The quarantine can be ended after day 7 and was never symptomatic.
  • The employee or student may return before the quarantine period is over if the symptomatic person, with whom the employee or student was exposed, receives a COVID-19 test with a negative result.

 Regardless of vaccination status:

If you are experiencing 1 major or 2 minor symptoms (see the chart below) please stay home and contact the appropriate COVID-19 Team for further instruction.

Major Symptoms Minor Symptoms
Feeling feverish, having chills Sore throat
Temperature of 100.4 or greater Headache
Temperature of 100.4 or greater Muscle or body aches
New or unexplained persistent cough Runny nose or congestion
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Diarrhea
Vomiting or nausea
Abdominal (stomach) pain
Fatigue

Per the Weld County Public Health Department, we recommend Aims quarantines the entire classroom due to the vaccination rates to minimize the potential of an outbreak. The COVID-19 Teams will reassess this in the future when the vaccination rates increase or when COVID-19 rates decrease.

 No, this only applies to new medications for new current symptoms.

Exposure means “close contact”.

  • You were within the same space of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a period of  24 hours (the 15 minutes does not have to be counted in one instance, however, an accumulation of encounters)
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
     

Quarantine keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home (CDC guidelines). It also keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others (CDC guidelines). Close contact is defined as: within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period with someone who has COVID-19. 

The time frame for Quarantine is 10 days.

Please refer to the information available on the CDC webpage.

You are expected to follow the CDC’s guidelines on when to quarantine following international travel. This page is continuously being updated and will provide the most current information available. The information provided includes how to proceed for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

A.  No, as long as these conditions have been met:

·         Had COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and

·         Have recovered and

·         Remain without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)

For any other Aims-related concerns or questions, email covid19.acc@aims.edu.