Last update: 16 July 2020
If you have been infected with COVID-19, you must inform your employer about the nature of your illness. Staff members who fall ill must inform their supervisors and HR immediately. They must also submit a doctor’s note attesting to their inability to work. The note attesting to your inability to work can also be handed in later and/or after the reason for the delay no longer applies.
Staff members exhibiting any signs of COVID-19 must stay at home and/or go home immediately. From there, you must contact either the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Tel: 116 117) or your doctor.
At present, the following criteria are considered good reasons to suspect an infection:
- 1. Contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 AND acute respiratory symptoms of any severity or unspecific, general symptoms (e.g., a fever) OR
- 2. Time spent in a high-risk area AND acute respiratory symptoms of any severity.
If the above criteria apply to you (in one of the combinations specified), contact a physician. In order to avoid potentially infecting other people, do not go to the doctor’s office yourself—call them first (source: Ministry of Health and Consumer Protection):
Hamburg hotline: +49 40 428 284 000
Emergency medical assistance: 116 117
Staff members who have good reason to believe they may be infected may not enter University grounds until the situation has been clarified and must notify their supervisors and HR immediately. Please note the different cases:
- Staff members who have had contact with someone who has been infected with COVID-19 and who have been ordered by the health authorities to quarantine should act in accordance with the health authority regulations.
- Staff members who have had contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 but have not (yet) been required by the health authorities to quarantine must notify their department or office by telephone immediately.
- Staff members who have had contact with someone showing signs of COVID-19 and currently being tested must notify their department or office by telephone immediately.
You can use the locator tool on the Robert Koch Institute website to find your local health authority.
Employees who are quarantined on account of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 must continue to perform their work duties unless their illness renders them unable to do so. If possible, quarantined employees, like those returning from a high-risk area, should work from home. Unlike sick leave, approved vacation days cannot be reimbursed.
Supervisors who recognize symptoms of a flu-like infection among their employees must instruct the affected employees to stay at home. Supervisors are called upon to meticulously uphold their duty of care to their employees.