Last Updated: Monday, May 18th, 2020 at 10:45 AM.

Please share and discuss this important message with critical/essential employees (and their supervisors) in your areas, who are continuing to work on campus.

Many areas have already been doing this, however, as we continue to work on keeping our employees safe and minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19 in the community, UM-Flint is continuing to align our efforts with local and state health departments’ daily screening guidance for critical/essential employees who work on-site.  This is intended to protect workers and limit exposure to the community. 

Therefore, all essential/critical staff need to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms by answering the questions below, informing the supervisor each day of the answers, before reporting for their shift. Employee daily health screening protocol may change.  We will continue to keep you informed, including through already established links on University websites.

  1. Do you have either of the following symptoms?

    • Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher ( a verbal confirmation of lack of fever is sufficient)
    • Cough (excluding chronic cough due to a known medical reason other than COVID-19)
    •  Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  2. Do you have at least two of these symptoms?
    • Chills 
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle Pain 
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of sense of smell or taste
  3. Have you traveled internationally or outside of Michigan in the last 14 days, excluding commuting from a home location outside of Michigan? Commuting is defined as traveling between one’s home and work on a regular basis.
  4. Have you been in close contact in the last 14 days with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19? Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 positive person for more than 10 minutes. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on).

If an employee answers “yes” to any of the screening questions, they are not to report to work and take the following action:

  1. Self-quarantine/self-isolate at home.
  2. Contact UM Occupational Health Services (OHS) Hotline at 734-764-8021 and select Option #1.
  3. Contact your supervisor, consistent with your department protocol - let them know the answers to the questions above under self-monitoring, and that you are following the directive to stay home.   
  4. Contact Mike Lane and Beth Manning - let them know of the above result from self-monitoring.  They will complete appropriate paperwork and provide you with next steps, which will include contacting OHS in Ann Arbor.  This group will help you assess the symptoms/provide medical information, etc.  
  5. Notify your medical provider. Your medical provider and/or Occupational Health Services or local health department will provide guidance on the length of time that you may need to self-quarantine/self-isolate at home.  

Please remember that all staff must continue to observe the public health and social distancing guidelines already issued such as wearing a cloth face covering in enclosed public spaces, maintaining a 6-foot distance from others at all times, regularly washing your hands, avoid touching your face, and staying home if not feeling well.  Employee daily health screening protocol may change.  We will continue to keep you informed, including through already established links on University websites. Please see the attached poster from the Genesee County Health Department that provides helpful recommendations for essential employees returning to home after their shifts.  Additional information can be found at our UM-Flint COVID-19 website

We are all in this together and thank you for your commitment to safety and your support of critical/essential employees during these unprecedented times. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Lane, Director of EHS mjlane@umich.edu, or Beth Manning, Director of Human Resources, bmanning@umich.edu.

In partnership,

Michael J. Hague

Vice Chancellor, Business & Finance