Employees with Acute Illness (COVID-19 Symptoms)

COVID-19 Symptoms

Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell.  This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

View Updated COVID-19 Symptoms

Illness and Symptoms

... Begin before work

... Begin during work

Stay home and notify supervisor.

Notify supervisor and go home.

Seek medical care/advice

  • Call your Primary Care Physician, DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2322 or urgent care.
  • CALL Before going to the doctor, urgent care or ER!

Clinical Diagnosis:  Probable or Confirmed COVID-19


Follow care instructions from healthcare providers and public health officials.

CDC HOME CARE Instructions:

  • Monitor your symptoms and if symptoms worsen, seek medical help
  • Isolate yourself at home
  • Wear face mask/face covering at home
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.  If not possible, clean the surface after every use.
  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels or bedding.
  • **Make sure all items above are cleaned thoroughly.

Health department will be in contact with you and will advise you when you can discontinue isolation and resume regular routine (including work)

Avoid public areas and public transportation until you are advised that the isolation period is over.

From two days before employee’s first symptoms, list all of the employee's close contacts.

CDC defines close contact as distance of less than 6 feet and a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
* Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three five-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes)

Close contacts (co-workers) should be advised to stay home, self isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days

Identify all buildings and locations where the employee had prolonged contact. Notify UFM for cleaning/disinfecting requirements

Identify university vehicles that the employee used. Notify UFM for cleaning/disinfecting requirements

Contact UHS for further questions:

Resource Links

CDC: If you are sick

CDC: Public Health Recommendations

CDC: Guidance for Business and Employers

Cleaning Guidelines

Per CDC cleaning guidelines, if it has been less than 7 days since the sick employee has been in the facility, close off any areas used for prolonged periods of time by the sick person:

  • Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting to minimize potential for other employees being exposed to respiratory droplets. If waiting 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
  • During this waiting period, open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in these areas.
  • If it has been 7 days or more since the sick employee used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary. Continue routinely cleaning and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces in the facility.