COVID-19: Symptoms and Return to Work

Employees are required to conduct a symptom self-check before coming to campus for work. If an employee has one or more symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home and not come to campus.

An employee may return to campus only after meeting one of the following two conditions:

With a medical consultation
HR has approved the employee’s return based on the Return to Work Form for Employees with Symptoms of COVID-19, which was completed by the employee’s healthcare provider. The instructions and form are provided below.

Without a medical consultation
It has been 10 days after symptoms began, symptoms have improved, and the employee has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.



 Instructions – Return to Work Form for Employees with Symptoms of COVID-19

  1. Submit the form to your healthcare provider.
  2. Once completed, email a copy or photo of this form to HRCOVIDHelp@uoregon.edu or fax to (541) 346-2548.
  3. Human Resources will review the information in order to determine when you can return to campus.
  4. You will be contacted by HR or your supervisor with further instruction about your return.
    You must not return to campus before HR has authorized your return.

Employees awaiting a response from HR can email HRCOVIDHelp@uoregon.edu or call the HR Service Center at (541) 346-3159 to confirm that the documentation was received and is being reviewed.


Frequently Asked Questions

If I have one or more COVID-19 symptoms, do I have to fill out the Return to Work Form before returning to work?

It depends. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and you consult with a healthcare provider then your healthcare provider should complete the Return to Work Form.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and you self-isolate without consulting a healthcare provider, then you may return to work without completing the form once all of the following are true:

  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first began;
  • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication; and
  • All symptoms other than fever have improved.

What should I do with the Return to Work Form after the healthcare provider fills it out?

Please send a copy or a photo of the completed form to Human Resources at HRCovidHelp@uoregon.edu or fax it to (541) 346-2548. Any medical information received by Human Resources will be kept confidential.

If I have COVID-19 symptoms, do I have to consult with a healthcare provider before returning to work?

No. It is your decision whether to speak with a healthcare provider or seek medical attention. However, consulting with a healthcare provider may provide you with an opportunity to return to work on campus sooner because a clinician can order a COVID test or other tests to diagnose your symptoms.

If you do not speak with a healthcare provider then you can return to work without completing the form once all of the following are true:

  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first began;
  • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication; and
  • All symptoms other than fever have improved.

If I have COVID-19 symptoms, do I have to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to work?

No, you do not need to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to work. Please note that if you are symptomatic and you do get tested for COVID-19, then your healthcare provider should complete the Return to Work Form before you return to work.

What symptoms does the university consider to be “COVID-19 symptoms?”

The university follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance regarding COVID-19 symptoms. Currently, that guidance lists the following symptoms: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea.

If you experience any of these symptoms beyond your normal baseline, then you should follow all university procedures relating to employees with symptoms of COVID-19.