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May 8, 2020 - Travel, Leave, and COVID-19 Symptoms

For Employees: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires the Federal government to provide all of its employees with paid sick leave and, for employees who are covered under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  Please refer to the Federal Employee Rights Sheet for additional information. You may also contact the Human Resources Department at humanresources if you have further questions.

Due to the health risks associated with the coronavirus, the College is establishing a voluntary reporting system for students, faculty and staff that have recently been on campus that have been potentially exposed or are traveling internationally. Please fill out the Health and Safety Intake Form if you have been tested or who have been in physical contact with a person being tested for COVID-19. If you will be traveling out of the country please complete the​ Travel Form.

Please visit the MA department of Health and Coronaviris (COVID-19) for the most up-to-date information. ​​

Travelers arriving in the state are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Please DO NOT go directly to the emergency room or doctor's office but call first to report your symptoms and any recent travel. 

Coronavirus has now been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide information as it becomes available. 

For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms. The three main symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

CDC states at this time, symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period.

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is critical! Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home as much as possible! 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Practice “social distancing”
  • The CDC recommends the public wear cloth masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus:
    Make your own masks | Cloth masks

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For the most update information: