This following frequently asked questions and answers are to assist businesses in understanding what actions need to be taken to assure the safety of the workplace reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. While businesses have the ability to require a negative test or a doctor’s excuse to return to work, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Public Health, do not recommend that a negative test or a doctor’s excuse be required for an employee to return to work.
If an employee has symptoms for COVID-19, what type of tests should they pursue to diagnose COVID-19?
What should be done if an employee tests positive for COVID-19?
If an employee has been in contact with someone who has been a contact to another person with COVID-19, do they need to be excluded from work?
No, the employee would not need to be excluded from work in this situation unless they have been directly in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Who should be excluded from work?
What if an employee lives in the same household as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
When is the best time for an employee to be tested after an exposure?
If an employee has had a significant exposure AND they had a test 4-6 days after that exposure, will they be able to come back to work if they had a negative test result for COVID-19?
What if an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and they have been without fever for three days? Will they be able to come back to work immediately?
Is there a way to obtain additional paid sick leave for my employees?
My employee has provided a quarantine letter stating that their quarantine ends on a particular date. Is there any additional documentation that is needed?
One of my employees recently tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do to clean their area and workspace?