For general information from local and national agencies regarding the Covid-19 virus:
|OC Health Care Agency
|Department of Industrial Relations|
OCRM Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
Q: I have received email notifications regarding positive cases on campus, but how do I know if I was exposed to COVID-19?
A: We conduct contact tracing as soon as we are made aware that a student, staff or volunteer has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing is a process in which a determination is made if any individuals, including employees, had close contact with a COVID positive person.
The CDC defines close contact as follows:
What counts as close contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Contact tracing is often times a coordinated effort between the Rescue Mission and agents with OCHA. When this occurs, an agent from OCHA may make contact staff, volunteers and students to ask questions to assist in completing the contact tracing process.
Q: What should I do if I am notified that I was exposed to COVID-19?
A: If it is determined that you were exposed at work, you will be contacted by HR or a member of the management team. You will be given written instruction on quarantine protocols and information about testing. Testing is typically scheduled on the 5th day of quarantine. If your test comes back negative, and you have not developed COVID-19 symptoms, you may be released to return to work after the 7th day of quarantine. HR will contact you in writing to let you know when you are cleared to return to work.
We recommend that if you are quarantined that you follow no-contact rules. This will help you keep others in your household safe by reducing the likelihood of you passing COVID-19 to anyone else in your household. Please do not quarantine with other people who are also on quarantine. This will increase the chances of you contracting the virus and possibly extending the time you are required to quarantine or isolate. For more information, please visit the CDC website CDC Quarantine Info. Please let HR immediately if you are notified by another party that you were exposed to COVID-19 (i.e. friend or family member, part-time job, sport team/gym . . . etc.)
Q: If I travel over the holidays, will I be required to quarantine before returning to work?
A: The CDPH issued a travel advisory on November 13, 2020. Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. The advisory recommends that travelers returning to California quarantine for 14 days.
Since this is a recommendation and not a mandate, as of the time this document was released, we are NOT requiring that employees quarantine when they return home. However, we ask that employees notify HR if they feel ill upon their return or if they were in close contact with anyone who was sick or COVID-19 positive. If this happens, HR may require that you quarantine and test for COVID-19 before returning to work.
For more information on the CDPH travel advisory click here.
The CDC recommends that holiday gatherings remain small with only members of one household. For more information on the CDC holiday recommendations click here.
Q: Will OCRM have the COVID vaccine? Will employees be required to get the vaccine once it is available?
A: Unlike the seasonal flu shot, we have not been notified that the COVID vaccine will be mandatory for our employees. We will continue to monitor developments and information coming from state and local officials regarding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and any mandates for vaccination.
According to the CDC website, the first round of vaccines will go to healthcare workers, first responders and residents of long-term care facilities. An accurate timeline for the other high-risk groups and general public is not known at this time.
For more details and information on the COVID-19 vaccine click here.
Q: Why is OCRM testing all employees once a month?
A: Several months ago, OCHA offered monthly testing to employees working at organizations who provide housing for the homeless in congregate living settings. Testing monthly is a preventative measure used to identify any trends that suggest COVID is becoming more wide-spread among our staff and students. Continuation of monthly testing is contingent upon OCHA’s ongoing authorization and continuation of their testing program.
Q: If I don’t feel well, who do I notify? What if I call out sick?
A: If you feel sick, please call your manager immediately. All managers have been instructed to contact HR when an employee reports that they are not feeling well. HR will gather the information from the manager, and call the employee if more information is needed to complete an initial COVID-19 symptom checklist. Please contact HR if your symptoms worsen or if you or someone in your household is notified that they have been exposed to COVID-19.
Q: What should I do if I think I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
A: It is imperative that you notify HR if you have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive case or someone in your household becomes ill or exposed to COVID-19.
Q: What should I do if I am out of sick time and HR or my manager tells me I need to stay home due to a COVID-19 exposure event?
A: At the onset of the pandemic the government created FFCRA paid days. These paid days (80 hours total) are available to employees missing work due specific COVID-19 related situations, include exposure quarantine events. The FFCRA days expire on December 31, 2020. There has been no official word on extending or renewing FFCRA in 2021.
Q: What is the best way for me to protect myself and my coworkers from COVID-19 at work?
A: Please read 1-5.
- Follow the CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 click here.
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid close contact (6 foot distance)
- Cover your mouth and nose when around others
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect
- Monitor your health daily
- Let HR know right away if you feel sick or someone you had close contact with becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
- Avoid large gatherings and crowds.
- Please take quarantine and isolation seriously. If you fail to follow the guidelines for quarantine you could unknowingly expose your household, family members, co-workers and others to COVID-19. When on quarantine, you should act as if you are already contagious. Quarantine times vary between 7-14 days. You will be released from quarantine if you remain symptom free and receive a negative test between days 5-10. Please DO NOT return to work until you receive written clearance from HR.
- If you are on isolation due to a positive test, please stay in an enclosed room by yourself until you are cleared by a healthcare professional or HR clears you to return to work. Meals should be delivered by household members with no contact. If possible, do not share a bathroom or kitchen with any household members. If you are symptomatic and your symptoms worsen, contact your doctor immediately. If you have life-threatening symptoms or trouble breathing, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital for treatment.
Your human resources department is here to help. Please feel free to call (714-247-4307) or email ([email protected]) us if you have any questions or concerns 714-247-4307.