Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

Phases & Timing for Returning to Campus

The return to NEOMED’s campus and campus operations will resume in four phases.

Phase 1

May 4 – early June 2020

  • NEOMED community members returning to work:
    • Members of the executive management team
    • Researchers with laboratory access needs
    • Campus operations
    • Public safety
  • All will have to abide by strict guidelines in accordance with the Return to Work Terms and Conditions
  • Researchers must follow laboratory research activities outlined by Dr. Steve Schmidt, vice president of research, which include limits to the core facilities

Phase 2

Effective June 8

Employees with the greatest need, lowest risk, and least impediments will be among the earliest to return. Those with the least need, highest risk, and greatest impediments will be among the latest to return.

  • “At Risk” for COVID-19 under NEOMED’s RTC Guidelines for Phase 2 are:
    • over the age of 60
    • has an underlying health conditions, including liver disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes, severe obesity (body mass index of 40), moderate to severe asthma, chronic kidney disease, serious heart conditions
    • has a compromised immune system, such as by chemotherapy for cancer or other conditions requiring immunosuppressive therapy
    • lives with anyone who is in one of the “at risk” groups defined above
  • “Social/Structural Impediments” for COVID-19 under NEOMED’s RTC Guidelines for Phase 2 are:
    • A lack of dependent care due to school/child or adult daycare

Phase 3

Effective July 6

All employed members of the NEOMED community will be assessed with regard to need to be on campus (to complete one’s job responsibilities), risk to be on campus (considering age and health risks), and social/structural impediments to be on campus. (e.g., family care issues). “At Risk” for COVID-19 under NEOMED’s RTC Guidelines for Phase 3 includes any person who:

  • is over the age of 60;
  • has an underlying health condition, including liver disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes, severe obesity (body mass index of 40), moderate to severe asthma, chronic kidney disease, serious heart condition; and
  • has a compromised immune system, such as by chemotherapy for cancer or other conditions requiring immunosuppressive therapy.

 

“Social/Structural Impediments” for Phase 3 are a lack of school/childcare for a dependent child or adult day care for a dependent adult.

Policies will be put in place to protect the privacy of people at higher risk for severe illness. Some employees may be able to work effectively from home and thus delay their return beyond Phase 4, which begins August 3.

Phase 4

Effective August 3

Phasing/Timing Approach

All employed members of the NEOMED community will be assessed with regard to:

  • need to be on campus (to complete one’s job responsibilities),
  • risk to be on campus (considering age and health risks), and
  • social/structural impediments to be on campus (e.g., family care issues).

 

Consistent with applicable law, policies will be put in place to protect the privacy of people at higher risk for severe illness regarding underlying conditions in compliance with applicable federal and state privacy and confidentiality laws.

There may be employees who can continue to work effectively from home and thus delay their return beyond Phase 4.

Managers will oversee, with assistance from Human Resources (HR), the assigning of their team members to the respective phases after considering the above criteria.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

Northeast Ohio Medical University