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Travel Policy Update March 12, 2020


We are instituting the following travel policy effective immediately. This policy is based upon the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), consultation with other academic health systems, and our High Consequence Infectious Disease Incident Management Team. This policy is subject to change as information on COVID-19 evolves.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FOR BUSINESS:  Effective immediately, Cooper is banning ALL international business travel.
  
DOMESTIC TRAVEL FOR BUSINESS:  Effective immediately, Cooper is banning ALL domestic business travel.  Below are some examples of business domestic travel that are banned:

1. Going to another facility and giving a talk while representing Cooper regardless of mode of transportation.

2. Attending a conference or continuing education event regardless of mode transportation.
Please note that the domestic travel ban does not apply to your normal work location or individuals assigned to specific work locations.  For example, if you are a clinician that normally works at the Inspira Health System, you may continue do so.

ALL PERSONAL TRAVEL:  We strong suggest all employees reconsider all upcoming domestic travel, especially to areas where there has been significant incidence of COVID-19. If you have traveled to a known area where there is a high incidence of COVID-19 or you experience influenza like illness (ILI) symptoms upon return from any travel, you must notify Employee Health (at 856-342-2077 from 7am – 5pm) BEFORE returning to work. You may not report to work until an Employee Health Nurse clears you. Please be aware that you may be subject to quarantine.

Quarantine Pay:

• Travel to a CDC alert area despite notification – Employees will be subject to a quarantine period based on direction from the Infection Prevention team.  Quarantine period is unpaid for travel commenced after notification on March 6, 2020.

• Other personal travel – If the employee is quarantined based on direction from the Infection Prevention team, PTO is to be used for the quarantine period unless the employee has ability to work from home.  If no PTO time is available, the time is unpaid. This does not apply to quarantine related to work exposure.