Faculty/Staff - COVID-19 Protocols (Updated 1/04/2021)

The following protocols will help streamline the necessary notifications and contact tracing if you have tested positive for COVID-19 OR have been in close contact (exposure) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  If you have any questions, email ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu.

Tested Positive Protocol:

  1. Notify your Supervisor and COVID-19 Team via email (ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu).

  2. Self-isolate for 10 days from the first day of symptoms or the date of the confirmed test whichever is first.

  3. Contact Human Resources, hr@savananahstate.edu, to submit documentation of positive test and discuss appropriate leave arrangements.

  4. Check with your Supervisor about alternative work arrangements.

  5. Notify contacts of your illness and ask them to participate in contact tracing.

  6. The COVID-19 Team will contact you when it is time for you to schedule you COVID-19 test to exit isolation. You are required to test negative for COVID-19 before returning to work.

  7. Email your negative test results to the COVID-19 Team (ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu) and Human Resources, hr@savannahstate.edu. Upon review and approval, you will receive an email from the COVID-19 Team clearing you to return to work. 

 

Close Contact (Exposure) Protocol:

  1. Notify your Supervisor and COVID-19 Team via email (ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu ).

  2. You must quarantine immediately for 7 full days.

  3. Contact Human Resources to discuss appropriate leave arrangements.

  4. Check with your Supervisor about alternative work arrangements.

  5. Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 (Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Sore Throat, Muscle Ache, Runny Nose, Congestion, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Loss of Taste, Loss of Smell). Get tested immediately if you begin to have symptoms.

  6. The COVID-19 Team will contact you when it is time for you to schedule you COVID-19 test to exit quarantine. You may exit quarantine after 7 full days have passed since your most recent exposure occurred, if you fulfill the following criteria:
    1. Do not experience any symptoms during your monitoring period.

    2. Are tested for COVID-19. The test should be a diagnostic test (PCR or antigen). It is preferred that the specimen for your test is collected no more than 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation, however, it should not be collected before day 5 of your quarantine period.

    3. Receive a negative result. You may not discontinue quarantine until you have completed a minimum of 7 full days since your most recent exposure, even if you receive your negative test result earlier. If your result is positive, you must follow SSU’s Test Positive Protocol. You are required to test negative for COVID-19 before returning to work.
  1. Email your negative test results to the COVID-19 Team (ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu). Upon review and approval, you will receive an email from the COVID-19 Team clearing you to return to work.

Savannah State University continues to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) COVID-19 guidance for institutions of higher education.  However, to further protect SSU students and employees, slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 and to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the SSU campus, University protocols may be stricter and more tailored to the particular needs of the SSU campus.  Additionally, given the rapid changes associated with the spread of virus, SSU campus protocols are subject to change as guidance and information change.