The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a virus that has emerged in Wuhan City (Hubei Province), China and has caused respiratory illness. It appears to have first started from exposure to animals at a seafood and animal market. There is now evidence of human-to-human spread, though ease of transmission is not yet known. The incubation period (time from exposure to development of symptoms) can be up to 14 days. Please see the Infection Prevention website for information on patient screening and a comprehensive list of FAQs at https://www.vumc.org/infectioncontrol/.
Travelers: Please check your entity website:
We at Occupational Health have monitoring in place for VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER AND VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY employees who have:
- Cared for a patient, or had close contact at work with a colleague with, COVID-19 These individuals will be contacted per our standard exposure investigation process once Infection Prevention notifies us of the exposure. You will receive a REDCap survey from Occupational Health to complete to provide information about when you cared for the patient and your best contact information, followed by daily symptom surveys. For more detailed information about the clinical post-exposure monitoring process, please see COVID 19 Clinical Post-Exposure Monitoring: Detailed Process.
- Traveled or come in contact with a case at home or in the community (outside of the workplace exposure investigation process noted above). We would like these individuals to complete the self-report/self-monitoring survey at https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=JKK7WMLTD8. Once the initial survey is completed to provide the specifics of your travel (or other potential exposure), you will receive daily symptom surveys. (If you have a question about whether you need monitoring because of a patient you have encountered during your clinical work at VUMC, please contact us at 615-936-0955 and we can determine if monitoring is needed) **For individuals affiliated with the University, please see the VU COVID-19 website at https://emergency.vanderbilt.edu/vu/coronavirus/ for additional guidance.
If you are being monitored, please be sure to look for and submit the twice-daily surveys. This will avoid additional outreach calls by OHC. The survey will request your temperature be taken and reported with each survey, so please be sure to have access to a thermometer.
If you have any questions, please contact the Occupational Health Clinic at 615-936-0955.
2019 Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the Centers for Disease Control
2019 Novel Coronavirus Situation Summary from the Centers for Disease Control
Q&A On Coronaviruses from the World Health Organization