UNH requires daily health screening for employees on its campuses

June 4, 2020

Dear Colleagues —

The state of New Hampshire issued guidelines for institutions that were deemed essential and remained open, like UNH. Effective immediately and until further notice, the following guidelines are in place for the relatively small number of employees who have been determined to be essential personnel. While most employees continue to work from home, the guidelines are required for any employee who comes to any of our campuses or any work-related site outside of the home. This includes going into the office to pick up mail or get supplies.

  1. If you are sick or not feeling well, stay home and notify your supervisor. Possible symptoms of COVID-19 include fever; respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath; flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches, chills and severe fatigue; and changes in a person’s sense of taste or smell.
  2. No more than 1.5 hours before arriving to work, employees are required to take their temperature and login to an online portal to review a brief health self-assessment and confirm the answer to the five questions is no. This needs to take place every day you are working outside of the home. More information can be found in this COVID-19 Health Screening for Employees FAQ.
  3. Increase hygiene practices, including wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently; avoid touching the face, eyes or mouth; practice good respiratory etiquette. This includes coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow rather than into your hands.
  4. While at work and in public, employees should wear a cloth face covering to help protect against the spread of the virus. The university has masks available, but employees may wear their own masks should they choose to do so. If you need a mask, please contact your supervisor.
 
  5. Practice physical distancing of six feet.

To be clear, these guidelines are only for employees who must go to one of the three campuses or any work-related site outside of the home. Faculty will teach summer courses online and staff who are working remotely should continue to do so until further notice.

Sincerely,

Paul Dean
UNH Chief of Police

Kathy Neils
Chief Human Relations Officer