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Employee Steps for
Exposure & Testing

Here are the steps you need to take if you are a McLennan employee who has been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19. If you have questions about any of these steps, please email us. We are happy to assist you through this uncertain time. 


Have you been in close contact with somone who tested positive for COVID-19? YES   NO

Do you feel sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms? YES   NO


Have you been tested for COVID-19? 

Yes. I tested positive.  Yes. I tested negative.

Yes, but I haven't received the results yet.  

No, but I need to be tested.  No. I have no symptoms of COVID-19.


What is meant by "close contact":

  • You live in the same house or apartment as someone who has COVID-19.
  • You care for someone who has COVID-19. 
  • You have been within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer.
  • You have been in direct contact with secretions from someone who has COVID-19. 

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What to do if you are sick (according to CDC website):

  • Check MCC's Self-Assessment Form.
  • If you think you have COVID-19, check with your healthcare provider about being tested for COVID-19 and medical advice for your symptoms. 
  • Report your symptoms to MCC through our Self-Reporting form in order to try to prevent the spread.
  • A MCC representative will contact you to assist you with your academic needs during your illness.
  • A Waco-McLennan County Public Health District representative will contact you in order to track the illness and prevent spread of the illness. 
  • If you have any emergency warning signs (including trouble breathing), seek immediate medical attention.
  • Stay home for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours fever-free without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas including the MCC campus. 
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated.
  • Stay in close contact with your doctorCall before you visit the doctor's office or medical facility. 
  • Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Throw away used tissues.
  • Wash your hands often. Use hand sanitizer with 60% or more alcohol is soap and water are not available. Soap and water are the best option. 
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Wear your face covering over your nose and mouth when close to other people.
  • Avoid sharing your personal household items. 
  • Clean all "high-touch" surfaces daily. 

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How do to get tested for COVID-19:

Check with your healthcare provider (doctor or local medical facility) about whether you need COVID-19 testing.

According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, there are some free COVID-19 testing sites through July and August. Drive-thru sites require registration at least 24 hours before getting tested. Walk-up sites do not require registration. Check the Waco Tribune-Herald for changes to these sites. 

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What to do if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or am having symptoms of COVID-19 (according to CDC website):

  • Stay home for at least 14 days after exposure. Do not leave your home. Do not visit public areas including the MCC campus.
  • Report your symptoms to MCC through our Self-Reporting form in order to try to prevent the spread.
  • Someone from MCC's Human Resources office will contact you to assist with any communications between you and your supervisor or other human resource-related needs. 
  • Be aware the CDC website says symptoms of COVID-19 may show up 2-14 days after exposure. 
  • Check your temperature and watch for fever (over 100.4 degrees F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider or nearest medical facility.
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people in the higher risk categories. This is a very serious illness, and some people are more likely to become severely ill, which means they may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they may even die. Do your part and stay away from others until the 14 day quarantine has past. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Throw away used tissues.
  • Wash your hands often. Use hand sanitizer with 60% or more alcohol is soap and water are not available. Soap and water are the best option. 
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Wear your face covering over your nose and mouth when close to other people.
  • Avoid sharing your personal household items. 
  • Clean all "high-touch" surfaces daily.

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Symptoms of COVID-19 (according to CDC website)

  • 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
  • Seek Emergency Medical Attention if you experience any of these Emergency Warning Signs. 
  • This list does not include all possible symptoms. Check the CDC website for more symptoms as they are known.

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Emergency Warning Signs (according to CDC website). Seek emergency medical care immediately if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

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Prevention of COVID-19(according to CDC website):

  • Wash your hands often. Use hand sanitizer with 60% or more alcohol is soap and water are not available. Soap and water are the best option. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Throw away used tissues.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Wear your face covering over your nose and mouth when close to other people.
  • Avoid sharing your personal household items. 
  • Clean all "high-touch" surfaces daily. 
  • Avoid close contact with other inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others in your household.
  • Avoid close contact outside of your home. Always put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who do not live in your household. 
  • Monitor your daily health by reviewing MCC's Self-Assessment form.
  • Take your temperature if you are having symptoms. Contact your healthcare provider if you have a fever without fever-reducing medication. 

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