UPDATE: SAFER Team notifications

Jan. 3, 2022

Following public health protocol for a surge, the SAFER Team will attempt to reach high-risk positive cases first according to CDC priority. If you have tested positive, please stay home and utilize these best practices. Watch for emails from COVID19@fsu.edu for important COVID-19 information that pertains to your university activities, since not everyone may be reached by phone. Close contacts will be notified by email as they are identified so that we can continue to identify contacts via positive cases.

Given the transmissibility and rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the virus can spread significantly before an individual knows they are positive, making contact tracing less effective. Masking (KN95 or N95), distancing when possible, and handwashing remain important methods to prevent infection.

Employee Return Campus Guide

Confirmed Positive

  • Self-isolate immediately. Isolation means that whenever possible that you remain away from others and stay in your home. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use.
  • Seek medical care if you develop severe symptoms. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to review the latest symptoms. Consult with your primary care physician for specific guidance as needed.
  • FSU Return to Work policy is 5 days after the date of the positive test if no symptoms or if symptoms are improving. You should also be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. The date you took the test is day 0, and on day 6 you may return to work with a mask which should be worn additional 5 days.
    • If symptoms are not improving by day 5, continue to isolate until they are improving for a full 24 hr period, up to 10 days.
    • You should self-assess symptoms on day 5 and return accordingly.
    • If you feel uncomfortable returning before day 10, you may continue to stay home and should return day 11 after your positive test.
    • If you do not want to wear a mask in the workplace, please isolate at home and return on day 11.
    • If your symptoms are not improving beyond 10 days, please reach out to HR and copy COVID19@fsu.edu for extended work absence.
    • SAFER will evaluate the details of your case and advise both return to community activities per Florida Department of Health (FDOH) guidelines and return to work according to FSU HR policy. No negative tests are required unless specifically requested by SAFER/FDOH.
  • Please maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) from others at all times. Notify those who you have been in close contact with over the 48 hours prior to the onset of your symptoms or the date of your positive test result. Close contact includes less than 6 feet of prolonged contact of a cumulative total of more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period.

Return to Campus

Prior to returning to work you must receive clearance by SAFER and the following conditions must be met:

  • At least 24 hours has passed since recovery, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
  • Improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath);
  • At least 5 days have passed since positive test result;
  • If your symptoms are not improving beyond 10 days, please reach out to HR and copy COVID19@fsu.edu.
  • You provide a note from their health care provider or the county health department indicating you should be allowed to return to work, or they provide a negative test result obtained at least 10 days from the initial positive test result in lieu of the note from their health care provider. You may call the Leon County Health Department COVID-19 Call Center and request a letter. The number is (850) 404-6300 press 1.


In the rare cases when people become severely ill and require hospitalization or have immunosuppression, it may be necessary to isolate for 20 days or longer. These are to be decided with close consultation of your treating physician.

Close Contact

NOTE: Issues of isolation and quarantine are under the legislatively designated authority of the local public health department. Thus, in coordination with the FL Dept of Health and the Leon County Health Department, the FSU policies for quarantine after close contact with COVID-19 are as follows:

What counts as close contact?

According to the CDC, for those who have not tested positive in the past 3 months, close contact is defined as having being within 6 ft of a positive case for more than 15 cumulative minutes over a 24 hour period. Information on the Omicron variant is still undergoing evaluation.

NO QUARANTINE if you are up to date on your vaccination.

  • Have been boosted
  • Completed the primary series of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and are not yet eligible for a booster
  • Completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months:
    • You do not need to quarantine
    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
    • Test on Day 5 with a PCR or Rapid Antigen test
    • Monitor closely for symptoms.
    • If you develop symptoms, take a test, and stay home.

QUARANTINE if you are not up to date on your vaccination:

  • Completed the primary series of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine (2 doses) and are eligible for a booster but have not yet been boosted
  • Completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine (1 dose) and eligible but not yet boosted
  • Unvaccinated:
    • Stay home for 5 days
    • After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days
    • Test on Day 5 with a PCR or Rapid Antigen test
    • Monitor closely for symptoms.
    • If you develop symptoms, take a test and stay home.

FSU students can utilize FSU testing options or external providers. If you need medical attention, please call University Health Services (UHS) to make an appointment at 850-644-4567.

If you test positive, you should notify SAFER as soon as possible via the Daily Wellness Check (via app or my.fsu.edu) or covid19@fsu.edu. SAFER will contact you to discuss your return to campus date.

All persons, especially those who may have had close contact, should routinely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If you experience these symptoms, quarantine immediately and seek testing.

  • Fever (100.40F or more) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

HR Resources

HR Coronavirus Task Force Contacts
General Questions Renisha Gibbs (850) 644-8082 rgibbs@fsu.edu
General Staff Issues and Staff COVID-19 Positive Reporting Tracey Pearson
Back-up contact: Julie Ritter
(850) 644-3694
(850) 645-2733
General Faculty Issues and Faculty COVID-19 Positive Reporting Rebecca Peterson
Back-up contact: Tiffany Ward
(850) 645-2202
(850) 644-0184
Payroll Questions Phaedra Harris (850) 644-7705 pharris@fsu.edu
Attendance & Leave Questions Christine Conley (850) 644-1978 caconley@fsu.edu
Communications Shelley Lopez (850) 644-6602 s.lopez@fsu.edu

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a useful resource for confidential professional and personal support and can be reached at (850) 644-2288.

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