What To Do When an Employee is Exposed to COVID-19?

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The novel coronavirus has proven to be a stubborn foe nationwide, so it’s not surprising that many employers are seeing infections pop up in their workforce. We thought it would be helpful to remind both employers and employees about the State and County guidelines on how to respond if an employee should test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

The simple answer is the infected employee must stay home and self-quarantine for at least 10 days following the first appearance of symptoms. Testing and contact tracing then follows for all others who might have come in contact with the employee.

In addition, the individual must not have had a fever for 72 hours (without the help of fever-reducing medication) and must show improvement in resolving respiratory symptoms (such as a cough or shortness of breath).  Once the employee returns to work, he or she should follow all public health recommendations, maintain good hygiene and continue to self-monitor for symptoms.

The County’s Department of Public Health has put together this detailed flow-chart for employers to reference. This information can and should be shared with the workforce.

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