All employees are encouraged to take the necessary precautions and follow the personal protective guidance outlined in this document, in conjunction with current Buncombe County, state, and federal guidance, with reference to the latest CDC information about COVID-19. This website is subject to updates.
Employees should only return to the workplace after consulting with their supervisor, who will then need to secure approval from the division head, and reviewing the guidelines set forth below.
Monitoring Your Health and Well-Being
Employees who have been instructed to return to on-site work and in-person classes are expected to monitor symptoms. Before leaving home for work, all employees should self-check for symptoms using the CDC’s COVID-19 symptom list and/or the Buncombe County Self-checker tool. Anyone who is experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on the screening checklist must not come to campus.
Take your temperature if symptoms develop. Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
Temperature checks with a non-contact infrared thermometer may be conducted in high traffic areas such as Ramsey Library, Highsmith Student Union, or selected classroom buildings.
Students who are not feeling well and have COVID-19 symptoms including fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath) should contact UNC Asheville’s Health and Counseling Center at 828.251.6520.
Employees who believe they may have COVID-19 should contact their health care provider.
Any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, who has been referred for testing or who is awaiting test results, should notify their supervisor that their healthcare provider has advised them not to report to work.
The university has instituted special leave provisions (https://hr.unca.edu/covid-19-updates-and-resources) for the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (https://www.northcarolina.edu/apps/policy/index.php?section=300.2.15%5BR%5D) provides eligible employees with emergency paid sick leave and expanded family medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
Effective July 1, 2020 Guidance Resources provides UNC Asheville’s employees no-cost solutions to life’s challenges, including: Work-Life Solutions, Confidential Emotional Support, Legal Guidance, and Financial Resources
Contact them 24/7 at 833-515-0768 or guidanceresources.com and enter UNCAEAP under the register tab.
If students need help or support, an extensive list of resources can be found in the Resources section found at coronavirus.unca.edu including support for academics, physical health, mental health, financial, food and housing, and utilities. The CDC website also provides information on managing anxiety and stress with a practical overview of self-care and resources.
Understanding Your Risks
According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions may include:
- Older adults (aged 65 years and older)
- People with HIV
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Chronic lung disease
- Serious heart conditions
- Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
- Severe obesity
- Being immunocompromised
Employees who have been instructed to return to work on-site and have concerns about doing so due to a medical condition that places them in a higher risk group, those who are pregnant, or those who wish to seek worksite flexibility or considerations due to being in a high-risk category, and/or ADA Accommodations related to Returning to the Workplace should contact Human Resources at email@example.com.