Screening is a strategy used to help identify those who might have symptoms of COVID-19, as well as to maintain awareness of one’s own health. Daily screening as a proactive strategy for identifying those at risk for infection and reducing the spread of the virus is strongly recommended. RISD faculty and staff who must work on campus will be expected to complete the COVID-19 check-in provided by a mobile or website app each day prior to entering RISD property. Learn more.
Rhode Island has established a website detailing testing options available to residents, including testing options for those without insurance. RISD will also make options available to its on-campus faculty and staff for obtaining COVID-19 testing if they do not have health insurance available to cover the cost of testing.
RISD must respect the privacy of its members’ health information and preserve confidentiality of protected health information. RISD employees will be notified when RISD receives confirmation of a positive case, so that employees may take precautions or seek testing, and that impacted areas may be closed or cleaned as appropriate. Please do not share details of others’ medical conditions. Learn more.
Employee Contact Tracing
Contact tracing is the identification of contacts of a confirmed positive individual for the purpose of further testing and quarantine. It is an important part of the process of supporting patients and warning contacts of exposure in order to stop chains of transmission. In the event of a known positive test result reported to RISD, RISD will notify the Rhode Island Department of Health and notify those RISD community members who were identified as having had close contact or shared common space with the infected person. Notification of contacts will not disclose the infected individual’s identity without their consent. RISD will work alongside the Rhode Island Department of Health in any contact tracing effort and strongly encourage use of the RI contact tracing app, as well as daily journaling. Learn more.
Employee Isolation and Quarantine
Employees should report their confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 to RISD Human Resources. Employees who have contracted COVID-19 should not report to work on campus until they have been approved to return to campus following a 14-day quarantine period, or other period required by law. Employees who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, as identified by the CDC Guidelines, should not report to work on campus. RISD does not provide medical advice or diagnosis, and employees who are experiencing symptoms should consult with their health provider. Learn more.
RISD has expanded leave benefits to include COVID-19-related illness for the benefit of employees during this period.