January 6, 2022

COVID-19 isolation and quarantine protocols for Faculty and Staff

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We hope everyone had a pleasant break and we send a warm welcome to those who have returned to campus.

As you may know, the CDC released adjusted guidance on isolation and quarantine protocols. Per CDC guidelines, an individual who is eligible for a booster, but who has not received this additional protection, is required to quarantine if exposed to a close contact (specifically, the individual is required to quarantine for a minimum of 5 days, receive a negative COVID test in order to end quarantine, and subsequently wear a mask at all times around others for an additional 5 days).

In contrast, individuals who have received the booster (or who are vaccinated but not yet eligible for the booster) are not required to quarantine, which reduces the risk of missing work due to an unforeseen exposure to another positive individual.

As a result, we strongly recommend that all eligible faculty and staff obtain a booster vaccination to ensure our ability to maintain campus operations, provide a valuable in-person experience for our students, and preserve a healthy campus community.

In addition to availability at numerous pharmacies and personal care providers, Human Resources is working with Prisma Health to offer boosters through Furman’s employee clinic. Boosters can be obtained six months after receiving a second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or two months after the J&J vaccine. More information will be provided to our community once the boosters are available on campus.

If a faculty or staff member has been fully vaccinated or has received a booster, and they have not yet provided this information to Human Resources, a copy of their vaccination card should be submitted to humanresources@furman.edu as soon as possible. If preferred, faculty and staff are also welcome to bring their card to the Human Resources office and a copy of their card will be made at that time. Not submitting proof of a booster will serve as an employee’s acknowledgement that they understand that if tracing identifies them as a close contact, they will be required to quarantine as outlined above and use their available sick or vacation time.

We continue to strongly urge those faculty and staff who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccination to do so as soon as possible. Find a vaccination location by visiting www.vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov.

Furman has partnered with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) to offer free COVID-19 testing in the South Chapel Lot Jan. 3-14, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Click here to pre-register for testing, as this will expedite the testing process.

Please remember that it is still very important to continue to use the LiveSafe app if you have been exposed to someone who is positive with COVID-19 or is having symptoms related to COVID-19. This information comes directly to Human Resources so that further instructions may be given and contact tracing can be conducted, if applicable.

We appreciate everyone’s efforts in keeping our community as safe as possible.

Warm regards,

 

Sharen L. Beaulieu

Associate Vice President of Human Resources