REQUIRED: Symptom Checker / Building Entry Tracking
The automated system for daily symptom assessments and for tracking movement among buildings will be available by close of business on July 16th. Use of this simple to use system will be required of everyone coming onto The Lundquist campus (with the sole exception of clinical research subjects, who need to be screened in advance by study coordinators). This system has two versions: One for TLI employees, and one for visitors, which includes study monitors, auditors, vendors, consultants and contractors. A separate communication will be distributed announcing this new tool, along with instructions for its use. Use of the system, by all TLI employees and staff must begin by Friday, July 17.
COVID-19 Cases are increasing and we are not immune
As you know, COVID-19 cases are increasing in LA County and across the state. The Lundquist Institute is not isolated from this surge and we should expect we will have more exposure to the virus as greater numbers in the community turn positive. This past week we had two different situations where employees with symptoms were on campus. It is important for everyone to remember their responsibilities, which are summarized below. Employees are expected to comply with these procedures and failure to do so may subject an employee to disciplinary action.
1. Report symptoms
Every employee of The Lundquist Institute is responsible for assuring that if they have the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus that they not come onto the Lundquist Institute campus under any circumstance and that they immediately notify their supervisor and John Munz in Human Resources that they have experienced symptoms and will self-isolate.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2- 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combination of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
2. Report Exposure
Anyone who has had direct exposure to someone who has had symptoms—irrespective of location, a positive test result, or who is in quarantine should also immediately report that exposure to their immediate supervisor and John Munz so that their exposure can be assessed and appropriate preventative action taken where needed.
3. Prevent Transmission
Face masks, social distancing (6 + feet) and proper hand hygiene continue to be the best methods for the stopping the transmission of the virus. We must all be vigilant about wearing our face mask at all times and assure that it covers both our mouth and our nose. This directive should be followed whether on-campus or not. When on campus, having more than one person in a room at a time should be avoided.
4. Work remotely
The only time TLI employees should be on campus is when there is essential work that cannot be done any other way. This is the time to be creative in finding solutions to enable remote work. There are many technology-based solutions available. Ask for assistance, if you need it.