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Infectious Disease and Social Distancing Measures for Employees

LMC Revised Date

Office of Origin: Human Resources
Responsibility: Executive Director, Human Resources
Original Date Adopted: 04-01-2020
Dates Reviewed: 04-01-2020, 04-06-2020, 04-14-2020, 5/18/2020, 6/30/2020, 7/25/2020

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..

  1. Individuals may not come to campus (or report to work if an employee) if you have the symptoms identified by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). You should remain at home to avoid exposure to others. If an employee, you should notify your supervisor and Human Resources at (269) 927-8704 as soon as possible.
  2. Employees should contact your supervisor and leave work and go home or seek medical treatment if you start to become sick while working. If unable to drive yourself, 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
    • South Haven campus: Room 126
    • Niles campus:  114A
  3. Any individual showing signs of illness, as described above, will be asked to leave the College. Employees will be required to remain away from the workplace until you are cleared to return by HR. 
  4. If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if someone in your household is experiencing symptoms, you should remain at home. Employees should contact the Human Resources Department.  
  5. If you have been ill with symptoms, as described above, or have tested positive for COVID-19, you 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 work. 
  6. Respectfully avoid being near people who are sick or appear to be sick.
  7. All individuals are required to wear a mask/face covering upon entering any LMC campus. Masks must cover the nose and mouth. The College provides face masks to employees, also to students and visitors who need a mask. The only time you are not required to wear a face covering while on site is if you are in your own private office with the door closed. A face covering should also be worn if you are in your own office with another individual. It is important to note that when wearing a face covering mask, you must still observe all other measures described in this procedure.  (Guidelines for making a face covering/mask at home may be found on the website.) 
  8. Employees should avoid meeting people face-to-face when possible. The telephone, online conferencing, email, or instant messaging should be used to conduct business as much as possible, even when participants are in the same building. 
  9. If a face-to-face work meeting is unavoidable, employees should minimize the meeting time, choose a large meeting room or open area, and sit or stand at least 6 feet from each other.
  10. Everyone on campus is required to keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and other people, both indoors and outdoors, at all times.
  11. If possible, do not use a workspace, computer, phone, etc. that belongs to someone else. If you must use equipment that is handled by others, disinfect the item before and after use with sanitizing wipes or gel. The College provides these items.
  12. Be sure to wash or disinfect your hands after using items touched by others, or items used by all, such as door handles.
  13. Avoid all person-to-person contact such as shaking hands. 
  14. Do not gather in workrooms, breakrooms, copier rooms, or any other areas where people socialize. If using, maintain at least 6 feet distance.
  15. Outside of a private office, eating or drinking is only allowed in the following locations which are set up for required social distancing of at least 6 feet:
    • Hanson Tech Center lobby area
    • Main Building 1st floor areas including vending area, the cafe seating area and along the adjacent hallways, the seating area outside the Athletic Department offices
    • Todd Center Commons in the Avenue C vending area
    • South Haven Commons
    • Niles Main Common
    • Niles Main Hallway
    • Or outside, spaced at least 6 feet from others
  16. Employees and others who must eat on campus should bring their lunch and eat it seated away from others. 
  17. Do not share water bottles, dishes, utensils, etc. with others.
  18. Public drinking fountains are closed.
  19. When sneezing or coughing, use the crook of your elbow or cough or sneeze into a tissue, then dispose of the tissue.
  20. Employees should avoid unnecessary travel and cancel or postpone nonessential meetings, gatherings, workshops, and training sessions. 
  21. Frequently clean touched surfaces with disinfectant and allow to air dry.
  22. Do not touch your face, nose, and mouth, especially with unwashed hands. Avoid touching your face at all if possible.
  23. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If unable, use alcohol sanitizer wipes or hand sanitizer, following the directions on the container.
  24. During the period(s) when the College is under a shelter-in-place or similar order, employees should contact security staff at (269) 470-6084 upon entering and leaving the College unless your 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.
  25. Everyone on campus should follow all additional safety and infection control measures as requested.

References: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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