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Infectious Disease and Social Distancing Measures for Employees
Office of Origin: Human Resources
Responsibility: Executive Director, Human Resources
Original Date Adopted: 04-01-2020
Dates Reviewed: 04/01/20, 04/06/20, 04/14/20, 05/18/20, 06/30/20, 07/25/20, 12/7/20
During the COVID-19 outbreak, and in the event of any infectious disease outbreak, Lake Michigan College (the College) will implement these and other practices recommended by the proper authorities to minimize the spread of the disease at all LMC campuses.
- Individuals may not come to campus if they have symptoms as identified by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). They should remain at home to avoid exposure to others. Employees should notify their supervisor and Human Resources (HR) at (269) 927-8704 as soon as possible.
- If an individual starts to become ill while on campus, they should leave campus to go home or seek medical treatment. Ill individuals may be asked to leave the College. Employees should contact their supervisor and Human Resources to inform them of the illness as soon as reasonably possible. If unable to drive, isolate in the designated area until your transportation arrives. Contact Human Resources to inform them of your illness as soon as reasonably possible. The designated areas by campus are:
- Benton Harbor campus: Wellness Center changing room in the Main Building D-Wing, Rooms D113 & D122
- South Haven campus: Room 126
- Niles campus: 114A
- If a person has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if someone in the household is experiencing symptoms, he/she should remain at home. Employees should contact the Human Resources Department.
- If a person has been ill with symptoms, as described above, or has tested positive for COVID-19, he/she should not come to any LMC campus unless medically cleared to do so per CDC and Berrien County Health Department guidelines.
- Employees must be cleared by the Human Resources Department before returning to campus.
- Students must be cleared by Advising before returning to campus.
- Respectfully avoid being near people who are ill or appear to be ill.
- All individuals are required to wear a mask/face covering that covers the nose and mouth when on any LMC campus. Guidelines for making a face covering/mask at home may be found on the CDC.gov website. The College will provide a face mask to employees, students and visitors who need a mask. It is important to note that even when wearing a face covering, all other measures in this procedure must still be observed.
- The only time a face covering is not required is if a person is alone in their own private office with the door closed.
- A face covering must be worn if in a private office with another individual.
- If a face-to-face work meeting for essential work is unavoidable, employees should minimize the meeting time, choose a large meeting room or open area, and maintain at least 6 feet from each other.
- Confirm current allowable meeting size (e.g., allowable number of in-person participants) per local and State restrictions prior to meeting.
- Everyone on campus is required to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from each other at all times.
- This includes both indoors and outdoors.
- If possible, do not use a workspace, computer, phone, etc. that belongs to someone else. If equipment that is handled by others must be used, the item should be disinfected before and after use with sanitizing wipes or gel. The College will provides sanitizing supplies for this purpose.
- Individuals should wash or disinfect their hands after using items touched by others, or items used by all, such as door handles.
- All person-to-person contact must be avoided, such as shaking hands.
- Individuals may not gather in workrooms, breakrooms, copier rooms, or any other areas where people socialize.
- If using those spaces, a distance of at least 6 feet must be maintained.
- Outside of a private office, eating or drinking is only allowed in certain locations, as follows, which are set up for required distancing of at least 6 feet:
- Designated Main Building areas on the 1st floor, including the vending area, the cafe seating area and along the adjacent hallways, and the seating area outside of the Athletic Department office;
- Hanson Tech Center lobby area;
- Todd Center Commons in the Avenue C vending area;
- South Haven Commons;
- Niles Main Hallway;
- Outside, spaced at least 6 feet from others;
- Discretely eating /drinking in the Library and some classrooms may be allowed.
- Do not share water bottles, dishes, utensils, etc. with others.
- Public drinking fountains are closed.
- When sneezing or coughing, use the elbow crook or a tissue, then dispose of the tissue.
- Individuals should not touch their face, nose, or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
- Employees should avoid unnecessary travel, and cancel or postpone nonessential in-person meetings, gatherings, and workshop/training sessions.
- Frequently clean touched surfaces with disinfectant and allow to air dry.
- Individuals should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If unable to do so, alcohol sanitizer wipes or hand sanitizer should be used, following the directions on the container.
- During the period(s) when the College is under a shelter-in-place or similar order, employees should contact Security at (269) 470-6084 upon entering and leaving the College unless a supervisor has informed you this precaution is not required. This action allows the College to ensure all areas are cleaned and disinfected in a timely manner.
- Everyone on campus should follow all additional safety and infection control measures as requested.
References: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Berrien County Health Department, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health (MIOSHA) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)