Return to Work Procedure After Testing Positive for COVID-19

The Lundquist Institute regularly reviews federal, state and local public health advisories regarding COVID-19 as well as regularly reviewing our own policies to assure that they are current and provide a safe work environment for anyone in a Lundquist facility.  As we work on a phased resumption of operations in the near future, it will be critical that we have processes in place to prevent, to the maximum extent possible, the introduction of the virus to Lundquist employees, study participants and vendors.

Effective immediately, anyone that tests positive for COVID-19 will not be authorized to return to campus or any other work site until all of the following has occurred:

  1. At least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  2. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery, defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), and
  3. Negative results from at least two (2) consecutive COVID-19 tests collected 24 hours apart.  Contact HR for sites conducting acceptable tests.

Resumption of Operations

Work is occurring on the implementation of an automated health screening tool to be used on a daily basis by all individuals before entering The Lundquist campus.  This will be an application that will work on smart phones, and consist of both a screening tool (checking several parameters) as well as a tracking tool to enable logging in and out of Lundquist buildings.

The Lundquist Institute Task Force is continuing its work on the development of specific procedures to be used for a phased reopening of clinical studies.  Small, town hall meetings with appropriate stakeholders are being scheduled to help finalize the SOP’s and to develop Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s).