Valencia College Updates Quarantine Guidance for Individuals Exposed to COVID-19

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Valencia College has updated its quarantine guidance for individuals working or taking classes on campus who have been exposed to COVID-19 to better align with updates recently made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as with recommendations made by Orlando Health, our health partner.

The official quarantine time continues to be 14 days, but there are now qualifying exceptions to that guideline that could allow an individual to return to campus sooner based on individual circumstances. For certain qualifying employees or students, the return time for someone who was exposed to COVID -19 and is on quarantine has been modified to seven to 10 days from our current 14 days.

Those qualifying individuals with a negative PCR COVID-19 test result may return to work after seven days (this test must have been taken on day six after exposure or later). Those without a test result must return to work after 10 days.

When individuals return to campus on day eight or 11, they must follow all of Valencia College’s social distancing protocols including wearing a face mask, keeping close contact as minimal as possible (under 15 minutes total per person per day) and no physical contact for 14 days from exposure.

The isolation period for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 — 10 days — will remain the same.

Valencia is here to support you if you do not pass the daily self-assessment, become ill, test positive, come in close contact to someone who tests positive or must provide care for someone with COVID-19.

If you are one of the employees working on campus and:

  • Your daily self-assessment indicates you may not be well; or
  • You test positive for COVID-19; or
  • You come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus; or
  • You need to provide care for someone with COVID-19

please notify your supervisor and email Valencia College’s COVID-19 case manager at COVIDillness@valenciacollege.edu.

Following the initial contact with the COVID-19 case manager, contact-tracing protocols will initiate based on when the person was on campus, what activities the person participated in, who was in close contact with the individual and what rooms or spaces the person visited.

Shortly after speaking with the case manager, an employee who reported an illness will receive a call from an Organizational Development and Human Resources (ODHR) representative to discuss leave options and work-from-home needs, as well as answer any questions about employee benefits, including health and mental health care.

The COVID-19 case manager will provide authorization for when employees or students may return to campus.

For more information, view Valencia’s illness reporting and contact tracing protocols. Full details and resources are available on the Illness Reporting and Contact Tracing webpage.

For questions, contact Tanya Mayan, HR analyst and Valencia’s COVID-19 case manager at COVIDillness@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 3047, or Organizational Development and Human Resources at HR4U@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000 extension HR4U (4748).

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