COVID-19 & Your Business: Frequent Questions

What should I do if one of my employees is diagnosed with COVID-19?

Employees who have symptoms when they arrive at work or become sick during the day should immediately be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors and sent home.

Sick employees should be instructed to follow CDC-recommended steps. Infected employees should not be permitted to return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider and state or local health department.

Ask the infected employee who else he or she has come in contact with or worked in close proximity to (within a few feet) through or at work during the previous 14 days.

Notify all employees who were in close contact with the infected employee of their exposure to COVID-19 and instruct them about how to proceed based on the CDC Public Health Recommendations for Community-Related Exposure. As of June 18, 2020, the CDC recommends that these employees stay home for 14 days after last exposure to the infected employee and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others at all times.

Close the area where the infected employee worked for cleaning and disinfecting pursuant to the guidelines of the CDC. The CDC recommends waiting 24 hours, if feasible, before cleaning and disinfecting. Note that current CDC cleaning recommendations vary, depending on when the infected employee last was in the facility.

Maintain strict confidentiality of the infected employee’s name to ensure compliance with medical information privacy or disability discrimination laws.

Last updated June 22

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