Reporting Illnesses at Work:
If you start to experience one or more of the symptoms identified in the Daily Symptom Assessment while you are in the office, distance yourself immediately from anyone in the area. Contact either the Ochsner COVID info hotline 24/7 at 844.888.2772 or Heather Blanchard in Human Resources at 504.864.7896 for additional guidance and inform your supervisor or department chair that you are leaving the office. Your identifying and medical information will be kept confidential.
Reporting Potential Exposure:
If you or someone with whom you have had close contact tests positive for COVID-19 or is demonstrating the symptoms of COVID-19, please contact the Ochsner COVID info hotline 24/7 at 844.888.2772 for free nursing advice or notify Heather Blanchard in Human Resources at 504.864.7896. Your identifying and medical information will be kept confidential.
Exposure to COVID-19 at Work:
If a department head or supervisor is informed by an employee that the employee believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 at work, they should contact the Ochsner COVID info hotline 24/7 at 844.888.2772 for additional guidance from a medical professional or notify Heather Blanchard in Human Resources at 504.864.7896. Your identifying and medical information will be kept confidential.
Essential employees will be given two options for returning to work if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19:
- The employee may continue to report to work with daily pre-shift temperature checks (for 14 days), self-monitoring, wearing a mask for 14 days post exposure, social distancing at work and extra disinfecting of workspaces. The employee will be sent home immediately if fever or other symptoms appear.
- The employee may self isolate at home for the 14-day incubation period, and if the employee has no symptoms during that time, then he/she can return to work on campus without a health care provider's release or a negative COVID-19 test at the end of the 14-day period.
- If an employee voluntarily chooses to be tested for the virus during the 14-day self-quarantine period and a negative result is returned before the 14-day period ends, he/she can return to work sooner. The employee will be required to provide the negative test result and a health care provider's release to HR before returning to work on campus.
- If an employee experiences symptoms while in self-quarantine, he/she would be required to provide a negative test and a health care provider's release to HR before returning to work on campus.
Testing Positive for COVID-19:
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 may return only after providing a negative coronavirus test result AND a separate health care provider's release. Both documents must be provided to HR before the employee returns to work on campus.
View the full Return to Work On Campus Policy on the Human Resources website.
Contact tracing will be done by the Louisiana Department of Health, in consultation with Loyola Human Resources. For those exhibiting symptoms or with known exposure to COVID-19, Loyola officials or a representative from the Department of Health will contact you to determine who you may have come into contact with on campus and to alert other campus community members as needed, while protecting individual privacy.
Testing for COVID-19 after displaying symptoms will be an important step to identify, isolate, and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or exhibit any of the symptoms listed in the Daily Symptom Assessment, we recommend that you are tested immediately. Community testing is available at various testing sites in New Orleans, and Ochsner Urgent Care also provides testing sites.