University Procedures for Employees with Health Concerns Related to COVID-19


Employees who believe they are experiencing personal health issues associated with the COVID-19 virus should follow these procedures:

  1. If you believe you have a medical emergency, call 911.
  2. At any sign of illness, immediately self-isolate, staying away from others, monitor your symptoms, and continue washing hands and face frequently. Stay at home, but if going out is necessary, wear a mask.  If symptoms include fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, wheezing, shortness of breath; or, if fever is present and there is known contact with someone else who is positive or presumed positive of COVID-19, employees can call the Cape Girardeau Health Department Coronavirus Community Nurse Hotline at (573) 331-4200.  During the call, a nurse will ask a series of questions to determine if a test can be ordered.
    1. If the Hotline call does not result in an ordered test, consult your primary care provider.
    2. If a test is ordered:
      1. You will be given an appointment time and should drive, alone, to Arena Park for the test. Wear a mask.
      2. After the test, you will be given instructions to go straight home, stopping for nothing, and follow the instructions provided about quarantine pending test results.
      3. If the test result is positive and you live in Cape Girardeau County, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center will begin follow-up calls with you during isolation and recovery.
  1. Contact Alissa Vandeven, director of Human Resources, at to relay situation circumstances.
  2. Human Resources, in conversation with the employee, will complete both a COVID-19 Persons Under Investigation (PUI) and Contact Tracing Questionnaires.  (Note:  The PUI and Contact Tracing Questionnaires may be shared with the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center or the appropriate county Public Health Center based on your location)
  3. Human Resources will contact Beth Glaus, director of the Department of Public Safety, to relay specifics related to the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Questionnaire to share with the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center or the appropriate county Public Health Center based on your location. This information will help track the length of quarantine, as well as, any environmental cleaning requirements of University facilities.  Additionally, it will facilitate notification of others for whom quarantine and self-monitoring may be required.