Employee Health

RISD’s Employee Health Coordinator

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Karen Chase, Nurse Practitioner

Karen Chase, a nurse practitioner in Human Resources, servea as the primary point of contact for supervisors, and as needed for other employees who have questions about COVID-19. Karen also conducts contact tracing and works with Health Services to direct employee baseline and surveillance testing.

Supervisors and department heads should immediately let their cabinet member or dean know and contact Karen Chase (401 533-2055) directly should one of their employees become symptomatic, test positive or be exposed through close contact outside of RISD.

Employee Screening and Testing

  • Employees who work on campus must self-screen at home through the My RISD appor via my.risd.edu each day prior to entering RISD property.
  • All employees with access to campus will be tested on a regular basis. This will be a self-collected swab of the “anterior nares” (the inside of the nostril tip) with a medical provider present in case of any questions or concerns. The test will be covered by RISD.
  • Employees should contact their primary care provider and get tested at a RI State testing site closest to them if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus and should NOT report to the surveillance testing site on campus.

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Employee Positive Case Protocol

  • Employees must report their confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 to their supervisor and Employee Health Coordinator Karen Chase.
  • Employees who have contracted or are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 should not report to work on campus until they have completed isolation or quarantine.
  • RISD has expanded leave benefits to include COVID-19-related illness for the benefit of employees during this period.
  • RISD will notify community members who 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.

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Paid Special Leave Policy

RISD has implemented “Paid Special Leave,” which provides for up to 20 days (two occurrences) of paid leave beyond normal vacation and sick time to address the impact of COVID-19:

  • During isolation after testing positive for COVID-19
  • During quarantine due to exposure, essential travel or while awaiting test results
  • To care for a dependent or household member with COVID-19

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