Early identification of cases and their close contacts is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 to TUC and the surrounding community. As required by state and Solano County public health directives, TUC is implementing a strategy for conducting COVID-19 symptom checks, testing, and contact-tracing for faculty, staff, and students aimed at identifying early cases and quarantining close contacts. All faculty, staff, and students are expected to participate in TUC’s COVID-19 symptom checking, surveillance testing, and contact tracing program.
Individuals who have COVID-19, suspect they may have COVID-19 or who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 may not enter campus.
Only one campus entrance will be used for Spring 2021 to allow for campus access controls. All access to campus should occur through the Shipping/Receiving entrance off of Club Dr. COVID Health Monitors will be stationed at the entrance and all members of the TUC Community that will be accessing campus must submit to a temperature check, ID Badge check, and answer the required COVID screening questions. Students, staff, and faculty will not be given campus access if they do not have their badge, a parking permit on their car, if they have a fever, or symptoms associated with COVID-19. Campus access will also not be given if it is not during the assigned day/time of such granted access by the programs for essential hybrid educational activities or picking up printing or library materials.
Touro continues to be a closed campus with key-card badge access with limited entry points. All employees and students issued a badge/key-access control card will be required to “badge-in” upon each and every entry of the campus buildings. This requirement is to ensure that occupancy within the building meets the Governor’s directive.
When possible, commonly used interior doors should be left open during normal-use hours. Leaving interior doors open will reduce the number of high-contact surfaces that need to be cleaned during the day.
For doors that must remain closed for temperature reasons and/or to comply with fire and safety code, a hand sanitizer will be located near the doors.
Exterior doors should never be left open or propped open.
These University guidelines and protocols will help TUC reduce the risk of virus transmission among faculty, staff, students, families, patients, visitors, and others. One of the most critical elements of achieving this goal is to identify people with suspected COVID-19 based on their symptoms or exposure status. Therefore, there are multiple scenarios in which we will ask you not to come to campus. These conditions may include:
- You have tested positive for COVID-19.
- You have been exposed to COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
- You have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Under these circumstances, you should not come to campus. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, you should consult your healthcare provider and get tested for COVID-19 if you have not already done so.
All employees entering the workplace must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the start of their shift. It is preferred that employees perform their symptom check prior to coming to campus rather than upon arrival to campus. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that TUC’s symptom screening process is being adhered to by their employees.
The requirement for symptom checks applies to guests, contractors, and vendors as well. TUC personnel hosting these individuals are responsible for ensuring symptom checks are completed.
Symptoms employees are required to monitor for, per the Centers for Disease Control, include the following:
- Fever (≥ 37.8°C/100°F) (mild disease can present without fever)
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Unexplained muscle aches
- New onset cough
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Nasal congestion or runny nose (different from pre-existing allergies)
- Severe headache
- Abdominal pain
If you experience COVID-19 symptoms notify your supervisor and remain home. If you are already on campus, please go home and contact your healthcare provider. Per Solano County public health directives, you must be tested and self-isolate at home until the results of the test are available.
If you test negative for COVID-19, you may discontinue isolation and return to work when symptoms have resolved.