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We have been sending a lot of information your way for the past week or so, and we hope it’s been helpful as you prepare for the start of the Spring 2021 semester. Today, we will be putting some of the previous information into practical form by posing a few very common “what if” COVID-19 questions and providing an outline of the steps to take if you find yourself in these situations. As always, there is more detail available — and being added on a daily basis — on our website at

And at any time, if you have questions, you can reach out to In most of these scenarios, you will need to work closely with your supervisor and Theresa Jacques, Associate Vice President and Director of Human Resources. She can be reached at or (901) 321-3474.

So, without further ado:

"What happens if...?"

… I don’t feel well.

  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, headache, diarrhea, fatigue nausea), stay home and avoid coming into close contact with anyone.
  • If you experience symptoms while on campus, immediately contact your supervisor and the Director of Human Resources. Avoid coming into contact with others and collect your belongings to prepare for working remotely if your role at CBU allows for it.  
  • Testing is encouraged and is available at numerous locations in the community. Human Resources will advise if you are eligible for on-campus testing or should make plans to be tested off-campus.
  • Monitor your symptoms and facilitate temperature checks twice daily while awaiting test results. If testing was completed before leaving campus, you can expect to receive those results within 24-48 hours. Test results will be emailed to your CBU email address.
  • Human Resources will coordinate with you and your supervisor regarding any need to quarantine away from CBU and when you should plan to return to work.

… I received a positive test from an off-campus lab or from a random test on campus.

  • Immediately share your results with your supervisor and with the Director of Human Resources. Results must show your name as well as the date and location of the test. Email submission is preferred. Random testing results will be available from Health Services.
  • All positive results are reported to the Shelby County Health Department by the testing laboratory. The Shelby County Health Department will contact you for additional information so contact tracing can commence.
  • You will be required to provide a list of any individuals with whom you’ve came into close contact.
  • You will be required to isolate at home for an additional 10 days.
  • Monitor your symptoms and facilitate temperature checks twice daily.
  • If you are asymptomatic, consult with Human Resources regarding accommodations for working remotely while in isolation.
  • After 10 days of isolation, you must be free of fever (without fever reducing medications) for 24 hours and show improvement in any other symptoms of COVID-19 before being cleared to return to campus.
  • The Office of Human Resources and your supervisor will initiate your return to campus procedure once you have met all necessary criteria.

… I’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive.

  • Contact your supervisor and the Director of Human Resources to discuss your contact with a COVID-confirmed individual. If you are on campus when you learn of your exposure, avoid coming into contact with others while you wait to hear from Human Resources. 
  • Applying the current CDC guidelines, the Director of Human Resources will determine if it is recommended for you to quarantine or submit a negative COVID test result before returning to campus.
  • If Human Resources determines that a quarantine is necessary, accommodations will be made for you to work remotely if possible.
  • Monitor any symptoms and facilitate temperature checks twice daily. If testing was completed before leaving campus, you can expect to receive those results within 24-48 hours. Test results will be emailed to your CBU email address.

… Someone in my office — or a student in one of my classes — has tested positive.
  • The person who has tested positive will be interviewed regarding their contacts, and if the Shelby County Health Department deems anything potentially threatening to others in the class or campus setting, you will be contacted by email or phone for testing by either CBU’s Human Resources staff or someone from Health Services.
  • If a student must miss class due to quarantine or isolation protocols, you will receive a notice via email from Sara Nearn, Director of Academic Support, outlining expectations such as the student’s expected return to class. Faculty should work closely with Academic Services to handle any special needs or accommodations for students. 
  • If a student contacts you directly regarding a positive COVID test, advise them to contact CBU’s Health Services at immediately. They will receive additional instruction and guidance from the Director of Health Services, Heather Harrington, and the Director of COVID Operations, Bettye Durham.
  • Don’t panic. According to current CDC expertise, you are probably safe if you have been following COVID-19 safety protocols including wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and maintaining a high level of personal hand hygiene. These protocols are to be strictly maintained in all CBU spaces, including classrooms, public study locations, and office environments.
  • Be sure to respect the privacy of someone whom you believe may have tested positive or be in quarantine or isolation. We are all worried about our own personal health as well as the health of everyone around us which can lead to speculation, rumors, and an increased and often unnecessary sense of fear. CBU and the Shelby County Health Department are collaborating very closely on our contact tracing efforts. When we learn of a positive case, we are rapidly contacting everyone who should be concerned about exposure to advise them about appropriate measures.

We certainly hope that no one else in our CBU community has to face any of these scenarios. We know that you are taking the necessary steps to help us all stay safe and well. However, being prepared in advance of a situation can help ease a little bit of the stress of the ongoing public health crisis.
Don’t forget that your daily actions impact all of us, and as Lasallians, we must all continue to act in accordance with our value of respect for all persons. Wear your masks, practice safe social distancing, and take seriously the necessary precautions we must all take to make sure our Spring 2021 semester begins —and ends — safely.


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