COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates & Resources for City Employees

LATEST STATUS Updates for Employees

  • As of April 29, the City's mandatory COVID-19 testing program has ended and on-site testing is no longer available for City employees.
  • Masks are now optional for City of Durham employees. Employees may continue wearing masks if they choose to do so, for health or other personal reasons. For more details, please review our newly-revised Temporary Employee Wellness policy (PDF).
  • To be eligible for weekly prize drawings, Earned Preventive Care Time, and wellness credit points, employees should verify their vaccination and/or booster status in CoVerified (PDF).

This Week'S COVID-19 Data: City of Durham Employees

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796 total positive COVID-19 cases at the City since March 2020 as of May 23, 2022.
37 new positive COVID-19 cases at the City in May as of May 23, 2022.
47 total employee quarantines at the City in May as of May 23, 2022.
85% of City of Durham employees are confirmed and verified as fully vaccinated as of May 23, 2022.

CoVerified: COVID-19 Management Platform

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To support safety while the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the City of Durham has launched a new COVID-19 management platform for City employees called CoVerified. CoVerified is a service that assists with uploading vaccination cards, test results, and more.

All City employees will need to register with CoVerified using the instructions detailed below.

  1. What Does CoVerified Do?
  2. LOGIN & REGISTRATION

Should I use CoVerified to report...

Symptoms/Illness?

No. At this time, employees should continue to contact HR Connect if they are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Testing?

No. At this time, employees should continue to contact HR Connect if they or someone in their household has been tested for COVID-19, even if the person receiving the test is asymptomatic.

Test Results?

Yes. Test results should be uploaded to CoVerified.

Vaccination or Booster?

Yes. You can also log into your CoVerified account to confirm whether or not Human Resources has verified your vaccination/booster.

Overview of Guidance for City Employees

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Masks/Face Coverings
Masks are no longer required for City employees, but employees may choose to wear a mask for health or other personal reasons. Read more about masking guidance (PDF).

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Illness
Employees should stay at home and notify their supervisor and HR Connect if they are feeling ill. Read more about illness protocols (PDF).

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Testing & Exposure Notification 
City employees are required to notify HR Connect if they or someone in their household has been tested for COVID-19, for any reason and regardless of symptoms. Employees must also notify HR Connect if they have had a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Medical Clearance
Employees who have reported symptoms/illness, exposure, or testing to HR Connect may be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results or another form of medical clearance before returning to work. Read more about medical clearance protocols (PDF) or view medical clearance options (PDF).

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Quarantining
All employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 must now quarantine for at least five days. Quarantine and related protocols following an exposure will vary depending on the employee's symptoms and vaccination/booster status. Read more about quarantine protocols (PDF).

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Taking Leave 
All employees hired before May 1, 2020 have been granted 5 weeks of COVID leave. Relaxed sick leave is an additional option for eligible employees managing certain COVID-19 related issues. Otherwise, normal leave request procedures should be followed at this time. Read more about leave options (PDF).

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Supply Requests
Requests for masks, hand sanitizer, and other COVID supplies must go through department leadership. Leadership should follow established COVID supply request protocols for their department.

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Severe Weather & Related Emergencies
In the event of severe weather or similar emergencies, employees not considered emergency personnel should work remotely if they are able to do so. Read more about our severe weather policy (PDF).


Temporary HR Policy Timeline

Current Policies

Policy Name
Effective Date
Last Updated
Expiration Date
March 13, 2020
March 25, 2021
In effect until further notice

Expired Policies

Policy Name
Effective Date
Last Updated
Expiration Date
Temporary Leave & School Closures (PREVIOUS VERSION)
March 30, 2020 May 31, 2020 May 31, 2020
Temporary Premium Pay March 30, 2020 June 19, 2020 June 19, 2020
Temporary Personal Travel March 13, 2020 June 30, 2020 June 30, 2020
Temporary Business Travel
March 13, 2020
September 30, 2020
September 30, 2020
FFCRA Emergency Sick & FMLA Leave
April 1, 2020
December 31, 2020
December 31, 2020
Temporary Shared Leave Donations for School Closures
August 24, 2020
June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021
Temporary Severe Weather
November 23, 2020
June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021
Temporary Leave & School Closures (NEW VERSION) August 24, 2020
June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021
Mandatory COVID-19 Testing
October 18, 2021
April 29, 2022
April 29, 2022
Modified Grievance Process
October 18, 2021
April 29, 2022
April 29, 2022

Communication With Employees

The City uses a variety of methods to communicate with employees, but this page and the channels below will be the primary means of communication during the COVID-19 pandemic:

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City Week

City Week, our weekly employee newsletter, is your best source for reliable, up-to-date communication from the City during COVID-19.

All City of Durham employees are signed up to receive City Week each Monday to their DurhamNC.gov email address. If you are not receiving City Week to your email and would like to, please email Hannah Watts.

You can also sign up to receive City Week by text alert.

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PAPA

PAPA is the City’s emergency notification system used to provide time-sensitive information and emergency updates to employees, including those related to COVID-19 and its impact on City employees. You can expect to receive PAPA alerts via email, phone, and/or text depending on your personal settings.

To learn more about PAPA view the PAPA How-to Guide (PDF), including how to update your contact information on page 7.

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Human Resources

Visit Human Resources’ homepage for HR Connect hours, additional HR resources, and more.