How to handle symptoms and infection among employees

Does an employee have symptoms of Covid-19, or has an employee tested positive for Covid-19?

  • Employees with symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home until they are well even if their symptoms are mild. If an employee begins feeling symptoms at work on campus, the employee must go home as soon as possible.

  • If an employee tests positively from an antigen test (rapid test/self-test), the employee must go into self-isolation and get a follow-up PCR taken as soon as possible to confirm the results of the rapid test.
  • Employees are encouraged to immediately inform their immediate supervisor of a positive PCR test so that any close contacts at AU who should self-isolate and/or get tested can be informed as well. Your manager will help you clarify which colleagues and students you have been in contact with.

Contact tracing and information

When someone is infected with Covid-19 (positive result from a PCR test), preventive measures must be taken quickly and effectively in collaboration with government agencies and institutions to prevent the spread of infection.

In connection with contact tracing, AU’s role is to assist both infected employees and the Danish Patient Safety Authority in determining whether there are colleagues and students who are close contacts who should self-isolate and/or get tested.

See the Danish Health Authority's pamphlet on contact tracing and the procedures involved in connection with close contacts.

The employee’s immediate supervisor’s responsibility to:

  • help identify the colleagues and students an infected employee has been in close contact with at the university, together with the employee and the Danish Patient Safety Authority.
  • inform colleagues and students who need to self-isolate and/or get tested. The employee’s immediate supervisor should inform the person(s) in question that someone they have been in contact with has tested positive (without stating their identity), and ask the colleague/student to follow the Danish Health Authority’s guidelines on tracing and handling close contacts.
  • ensure that thorough cleaning of the infected employee’s work station and surrounding areas is be performed without delay.
  • notify other relevant colleagues that “an employee is on sick leave or has been sent home due to COVID-19, colleagues who are at risk of infection have been notified, and the workstation has been cleaned”. As a matter of principle, the specific health conditions of specific employees should not be named (pursuant to GDPR rules).