Coronavirus Information/Resources


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Campus Massmail and Important Messages

Provost Andreas Cangellaris Massmail 3.24.20
Chancellor Robert Jones and Senior Asssociate Chancellor for Human Resources Elyne Cole Massmail 3.23.20
Chancellor Robert Jones Massmail 3.22.20
Chancellor Robert Jones and Provost Andreas Cangellaris Massmail 3.22.20
Chancellor Robert Jones Massmail 3.21.20
Chancellor Robert Jones and Provost Andreas Cangellaris Massmail 3.20.20
System Massmail 3.17.20
Provost Andreas Cangellaris Massmail 3.16.20
Chancellor Robert Jones Massmail 3.16.20
Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Susan Martinis and Dean of the Graduate College Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko Massmail 3.16.20
Chancellor Robert Jones and Provost Andreas Cangellaris Massmail 3.15.20
Chancellor Robert Jones and Provost Andreas Cangellaris Massmail 3.14.20
System Human Resources Services Email to Faculty and Staff 3.12.2020
Chancellor Robert Jones and Provost Andreas Cangellaris Massmail 3.11.2020
President Killeen Massmail 3.11.2020
F & S Building Services Virus Mitigation 3.10.2020

Dr. Parker from the McKinely Health Center Massmail 3.10.2020

Chancellor Robert Jones Massmail 3.5.2020

Chancellor Robert Jones Massmail 3.2.2020
Provost Andreas Cangellaris Massmail 1.29.2020

HR COVID-19 Protocols
Important Websites
Information for Units and Employees
General Guidance For Novel Coronavirus

If you had contact with a CDC COVID-19 Level 2 or 3 Country/Region and are within the 14 day period, you are considered at risk for contracting the Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV. 

  • Please stay away from other people as much as possible until after 14 days have passed from your last date of contact OR the last date of contact with someone who is a person under investigation for the illness.
  • When you need to be with other people, strongly consider wearing a surgical mask.
  • If you get sick with cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, please call one of the local emergency rooms or urgent care centers and let them know you are an at-risk person and need to be checked out due to your symptoms. You may be directed to come in at a special time or a special entrance.

Take care of yourself and each other regardless of whether you have a clear link to a CDC COVID-19 Level 2 or 3 Country/Region, as this is still prime influenza season

  • Stay home when ill; wear a mask if you must be around others; cover all coughs and sneezes into the bend of your arm; wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, faucets and phones with 1 tablespoon of bleach in 1 quart of water or with an EPA-approved household disinfectant.
  • It is important to take care of yourself by getting your rest, eating well,  and staying away from others who may be sick.
  • You can access all sorts of advice for the public at the following link: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public.
  • GET A FLU SHOT!  Influenza is still your highest risk for getting sick!! 
  • Should you get sick, don’t panic.  Most healthy people who have become sick are experiencing a relatively mild illness, from the available information we have so far.
Illinois Human Resources FAQ

1. I am returning from traveling to a Level CDC 2 or 3 country. What are my next steps?
The University of Illinois is requiring self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date in an at-risk (CDC Level 2 or 3) area. We recommend that you and your fellow travelers follow the self-quarantine instructions below in question 2, regardless of where you spend the 14-day period. Following this guidance is key in limiting the number of individuals who would be further quarantined if one of you were to become ill and test positive for COVID-19 during the initial 14-day quarantine period.

2. What are the Self-Quarantine Instructions?
- Wear a protective mask when in presence of others.
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds. Especially after using bathroom and after touching respiratory secretions.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work, school, shopping or the general public locations for this 14-day period.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time.
- Use a separate bathroom from other household members (if possible).
- Sleep in a separate room from other household members.
- Utilize online ordering and pay for grocery or food delivery programs in order to limit interactions with delivery drivers, etc.
- If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your medical provider and tell them about your recent travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

3. What to do if you get sick during the 14-day quarantine period?
IMMEDIATELY contact your medical provider if you develop ANY of the following symptoms:
- FEVER 100.4°F/38°C or higher
- COUGH
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH/TROUBLE BREATHING
- Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room
- Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms
- Avoid contact with others

4. What if the travel was for personal reasons and not university related? Would that person be required to use accrued benefits because it was personal travel?
The reason for the travel is immaterial to the 14-day quarantine.  If the individual has been in a CDC COVID-19 Level 2 or Level 3 country, they are required to observe the 14 self-quarantine period and their benefits will not be charged.

5. Is there a recommendation for conveying information to our faculty/staff? Should we wait until more details are determined?
It will be key for units to assist in the messaging by directing employees to the campus and/or HR COVID pages.   Those places will be the best places to get the most up to date information.  We do expect units to communicate any unit specific operational guidance to their employees.  Please do proactively communicate with new employees to ensure they are aware of the 14 day quarantine requirements.

6. Can the University force the 14-day quarantine for those who were on personal trips?  
Yes, the University can and is mandating the 14-day quarantine for any individual who travels from a CDC COVID-19 Level 2 or Level 3 country, regardless of the reason for the travel.