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COVID Health Screening

The New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) was signed into law on May 5, 2021. The law mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The College has developed an Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan, which can be found on the Office of Human Resources website. The purpose of the plan is to protect Fisher employees, including student employees, against exposure and disease during an airborne infectious disease outbreak.

As a requirement of the HERO Act, the College has implemented a health screening for all employees on campus. Prior to your arrival each morning, you should conduct a self-health screening using the following questions:


Health Screening Questions

Question 1—Symptoms

Are you currently experiencing, or have you experienced in the last 48 hours, any of the following new or worsening symptoms:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea

Question 2—Contact

Have you had close contact* in the past 10 days with any person confirmed by diagnostic test, or suspected based on symptoms, to have COVID-19?

*Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before their symptoms developed or if asymptomatic, 2 days before they were tested. Close contact does not include individuals working in a healthcare setting wearing appropriate PPE.


Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

If you answered yes to question 1

  • Seek medical guidance to determine if you should get tested for SARS-CoV-2 and whether you need to quarantine and for how long.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, then you must isolate until it has been 10 days from when your symptoms first appeared and you have had no fever for 24 hours without the use of medications and your other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. Loss of taste and smell may persist longer.

If you answered yes to question 2

  • If you are fully vaccinated but have no symptoms, then you should mask indoors in public for 14 days following the exposure.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after the exposure, and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Guidance for Unvaccinated Individuals

If you answered yes to question 1

  • You must get tested for SARS-CoV-2, quarantine, and seek medical help if needed.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, then you must isolate until it has been 10 days from when your symptoms first appeared and you have had no fever for 24 hours without the use of medications and your other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. Loss of taste and smell may persist longer.

If you answered yes to question 2

You should quarantine and carefully monitor for symptoms for 14 days following the exposure.