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Employment FAQ About COVID-19

page updated 7/16/2020 12:15 p.m.

What should I do if an employee under my supervision is diagnosed with COVID-19?

First, remember that the employee will appreciate hearing your support while they recover from the illness.

If the employee is at work, immediately send the employee home and notify Facilities Management. Direct the employee to contact Benefits in ESO (benefits@uhd.edu) and submit a COVID Diagnosis form. UHD officials are working in conjunction with local health departments to ensure that individuals who were potentially exposed to the COVID positive individual are contacted and directed to quarantine when warranted. Anyone diagnosed with COVID shall not return to any UHD or UHS campus until they have submitted a Return to Campus Form and have received confirmation that they are allowed to return to campus.

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Will others in the department be told the identity of an employee under my supervision or co-worker who is diagnosed with COVID-19?

No. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be posted on the Coronavirus website. Individuals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 will not be identified.

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Can UHD employees perform work during self-quarantine period?

Yes, UHD employees may be able to work remotely, with supervisor approval. Supervisors will inform employees how to report their time. Please review the documentation from ESO as well as the telecommuting agreement.

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What do UHD employees do if they are not approved to work remotely during the self-quarantine period?

UHD employees will need to use sick leave or vacation leave or sick leave, if applicable, if they want the self-quarantine period to be paid leave. Please review the documentation from ESO regarding telecommuting.

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I am a UHD employee, do I have to go to work?

Yes, after any applicable self-quarantine period and release you should go to work. Most UHD employees are working remotely, with supervisor approval. Supervisors will inform employees how to report their time. Please review the documentation from ESO as well as the telecommuting agreement. However, if you are feeling ill or if you have a respiratory illness, with fever and cough, consider staying home to prevent spreading it to others. Contact your supervisor if you have questions about covering your work.

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COVID-19 Cyber Scams

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an advisory warning of scams involving COVID-19, and the UH System Information Security Office is already seeing phishing messages being received by faculty, staff and students. If you receive a suspicious phishing email to your UH email account, notify security@uhd.edu, and be aware of the following:

  • Cyber actors may send emails to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.
  • Exercise caution in handling such emails— avoid clicking on links and downloading attachments.
  • Be wary of social media pleas, texts or calls related to COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.

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Last updated 8/6/2020 9:22 AM