Today's Update: Tuesday, July 21

July 21, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, The numbers of new COVID-19 cases we see reported in the news from around the country and in Ohio are staggering. It is a reminder of the importance of steps such as wearing a face mask, physical distancing and good hygiene like hand washing.  

The virus is out there. We have had cases at Ohio State. It’s important to know what to do in the event you, or someone who reports to you, becomes ill. 

Sharing information promptly and appropriately is important so we can protect the health and well-being of our community.  At the same time, we must respect everyone’s medical privacy and ensure the accuracy of information.   

With all this in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone what to do in case you get sick.  

  • Individuals: Contact your primary care physician if you are personally experiencing signs or symptoms of respiratory illness consistent with coronavirus, have been exposed to an individual with coronavirus or have been diagnosed with the virus. If you are unable to reach your primary care physician, call the Wexner Medical Center’s COVID-19 call center at (614) 293-4000.  

  • Managers: If you receive a report, confirmed or unconfirmed, that a member of your team has been exposed to or has contracted coronavirus, connect with Shina Hayden, our HR Business Partner, and call the Wexner Medical Center's COVID-19 call center at (614) 293-4000 for guidance on what you should do.  

  • Please remember: If you learn of a possible case, do not share the person’s health information with colleagues or with anyone. This is a violation of their privacy, and this information is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other laws. In the face of this unprecedented pandemic, we must rely on regional public health officials to continue to investigate cases and trace potential contacts.

Hopefully few of us will get sick, and those that do have a speedy and compete recovery. In the meantime, it’s good to know what to do just in case. It’s the Scarlet and Great way to be prepared.  

Melissa