Courtesy of: Trent Cotney, Cotney Construction Law
WSRCA Legal Counsel
KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE GUIDELINES ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING, AND YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL STATE AND LOCAL GUIDELINES, SO PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE TAKING ACTION
There are 3 situations in which the CDC recommends that employees quarantine:
- Employee tests positive
- Employee exhibits or reports the symptoms (but has not tested positive)
- Employee has been “exposed” to someone who was COVID-19 positive or symptomatic at the time of the employee’s exposure
1. Employee tests positive
The CDC recommends:
A. Employee self-isolate until the following criteria are met (2 different categories of COVID-positive employees):
- Employee with symptoms (plus a positive test) must self-isolate until the following three criteria are all met: (1) 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared; (2) employee has gone 24 hours with no fever without using fever-reducing medications; and (3) employee’s other COVID-19 symptoms are improving.
- Employee without symptoms must simply self-isolate for 10 days.
B. Employer should clean the area, tools, equipment, etc., that the employee used.
C. Employer should determine whether any other employees were exposed to the sick employees (exposure = within 6 feet for 15+ minutes); if so, employer should notify those other employees of their potential exposure (without identifying the sick employee) and follow the protocols set forth for #3 below (exposed employees).
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