It is important that we promptly identify and isolate you if you are experiencing symptoms that may be COVID-19 related. FIT will adhere to a practice of erring on the side of caution when we are notified that you are not feeling well. Our intent is to treat you in an empathetic and caring manner while also safeguarding the health and safety of others in our community.
What to Do
• All employees and students must immediately report any symptoms of COVID-19 experienced (or if they observe a peer exhibiting such symptoms) with the following protocol.
• Any student or employee exhibiting symptoms on campus will be asked to avoid touching common work surfaces and be directed to Northwell GoHealth, 225 West 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues, for immediate testing.
• If they cannot be seen within a reasonable time period, students and employees who do not live on campus will be directed to return home. Students and employees who live on campus will be directed to go to the designated quarantine location as detailed in the residential hall plan, where a quarantined room will be available until a testing time can be confirmed.
• If a student or employee was in close contact with others on campus and tests positive for COVID-19, FIT will immediately notify state and local health departments and cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts, such as FIT employees, students, and visitors who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations.
• A student or employee who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate for 10 days, be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and feel well.
• If a student or employee has been exposed to COVID-19, they may return to campus upon completing at least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms. Note that in this case, it does not matter if close or proximate contact with an infected individual can be identified.
• FIT currently has 15 personnel within the EMSS and HR areas who have been trained in contact tracing. The contact tracing protocol will go into effect immediately in consultation with the NYC Department of Health. A process is currently in place for data management and contact tracing.