University of Minnesota  Appendix

Required COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Testing for COVID-19

Covered Individuals are expected to comply with the University’s COVID-19 Testing Requirements that are applicable to the Covered Individual depending on their vaccination status, as described below.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements
Circumstances Not Fully Vaccinated (even if a medical or religious vaccination exemption is approved) Fully Vaccinated
Symptoms of COVID-19 Get tested immediately Get tested immediately
Exposure to someone with COVID-19 Get tested immediately, and, if negative, get tested 5-7 days after last exposure Get tested 5-7 days after exposure
Work with employees, students, or guests/visitors in person or remotely Get tested at least weekly Not required
Domestic travel Get tested 1-3 days prior to travel and 3-5 days after travel Not required
International travel Get tested 1-3 days prior to travel, 1 day prior to returning, and 3-5 days after travel Get tested 1-3 days prior to returning and 3-5 days after travel

Testing Exemption: Covered Individuals are not required to test for 90 days following the date of a positive COVID-19 test or diagnosis by a licensed healthcare provider. Covered Individuals may be required to provide proof of a positive COVID-19 test and the date of the test or submit to another test or provide other documentation of a positive COVID-19 test or diagnosis to qualify for this exemption period.

Covered Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must be tested weekly for COVID-19 using an acceptable COVID-19 test. Testing will be provided at the University’s expense, either directly or through the University’s health plan.

Diagnostic tests are acceptable COVID-19 tests under this policy. These include tests identified as follows: Molecular, Antigen, Diagnostic, Viral, Rapid, Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAAT), RT-PCR, or LAMP. These tests may use a saliva sample, or a nasal sample taken with a swab. The test must be a test that is cleared, approved, or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to detect current infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 and must be administered in accordance with the authorized instructions.

Antibody tests are not acceptable tests under this policy because they do not detect current infection with COVID-19. These are also identified as Serological or blood tests.

Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms or Testing Positive for COVID-19

Covered Individuals are expected to follow University COVID-19 response guidelines in the event they experience COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Covered Individuals are required to promptly notify their supervisor if they received a positive COVID-19 test or are diagnosed with COVID-19 by a licensed healthcare provider. Supervisors may share this information only on a need to know basis. A COVID-19 positive or diagnosed Covered Individual will be immediately removed from in-person activity in the workplace and must not return until the Covered Individual:

  1. receives a recommendation to return to work from a licensed healthcare provider, or
  2. receives a negative result on a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) following a positive result on a COVID-19 antigen test if the employee chooses to seek a NAAT test for confirmatory testing, or
  3. meets the return-to-work criteria in the Centers for Disease Control Isolation Guidance.

Physical Distancing

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated, including visitors to University facilities and Covered Individuals who have submitted an exemption request that is under review or has been approved, must maintain six feet of physical distance between themselves and others whenever practicable.

Masking

Covered Individuals must comply with the University’s Mask Protocol.

Reporting Safety Concerns

COVID-19 workplace safety concerns can be reported to your immediate supervisor or department head. Concerns can also be submitted to University Health and Safety via the University’s Safety Concern Form, available at University Health and Safety – Safe Return to Work website. Employees are protected from retaliation for raising health and safety concerns at work, see OSHA Fact Sheet – Discrimination Prohibited for Employees for Raising Safety, Health Concerns

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule (IFR)

University health care facilities or locations covered by the CMS IFR may develop testing and other requirements for Covered Individuals who provide services in these facilities or locations that are more stringent than the requirements in this appendix.