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CDC issues guidance on coronavirus quarantine and self-monitoring requirements

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued important guidance recently on quarantine and self-monitoring requirements in light of new evidence that suggests persons infected with the coronavirus may be infectious prior to developing symptoms. That guidance is:

The 14-day quarantine and self-monitoring requirement for travelers from China has been revised to include all travelers, including those who are asymptomatic upon arrival.

Self-monitoring includes measuring temperatures twice a day.

Students, faculty and employees will not be allowed to return to work or school for a period of 14 days after leaving mainland China. Upon completion of the 14-day quarantine period, all students, faculty and employees must be cleared by either employee health or student health before returning to school or work.

Leave guidance for faculty and employees returning from China:

Faculty and employees of any of the Augusta University employers of record should follow the leave policies of their respective employers, which may allow for the use of either sick leave or annual leave for university employees, paid time off for health system employees, or leave without pay for both. Individuals who have been offered and accepted positions with the university or health system should also expect a possible delay to their hire date if necessary to accommodate the 14-day requirement.

Leave guidance for students returning from China:

Students should consult with their academic program departments related to absence from class.

For the latest information about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), please see our resource page.

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