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COVID-19 and Businesses

Last updated: January 6, 2022

WORKFORCE


If I have an employee test positive, do I let the public know?

No, personal health information is protected by HIPAA. As a business, you can communicate there is a positive case but it is not a requirement.

If my employee calls to say they’ve tested positive for COVID-19, is a doctor’s note required before the employee can return or to confirm the illness?

A doctor’s note is not required for an employee to return to work. Employees should not return to work until it has been 5 days since the first symptoms occurred and symptoms are improving.  Employees must continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.  If symptoms have not resolved or improved, employees should continue to stay home until symptoms resolve or start to improve.

I don’t offer my employees paid sick leave. What should I do if someone gets COVID-19?

Some employees are guaranteed paid leave based on Federal criteria. If your employees are not covered, you should be as flexible as possible, as sick employees should not be at work.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

If an employee or customer tells me they tested positive for COVID-19, do I contact the Department of Health to initiate contact tracing?

Private health information is protected by HIPAA. The individual can contact the Department of Health to perform any contact tracing. If the health department receives information on a positive test result, contact tracing is started.

Do I have to shut my business down if one of my staff tests positive for COVID-19, and if so, how long?

The decision to close a business depends on many things such as the transmission rate in the community and the readiness to protect the safety and health of employees and customers. Closures are determined by the business on a case-by-case basis.

If an employee has a family member who tests positive for COVID-19, what should that employee do?

If someone in an employee’s household has tested positive for COVID-19, the positive person should isolate from that employee.
Quarantine recommendations for close contacts (within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes or more) with a laboratory confirmed COVID case who: 

  • Are 18 and older and received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for the immunocompromised.
  • Are ages 5-17 and completed the primary series of COVID vaccines. 
  • Had confirmed COVID within the last 90 days (positive using a viral test). Recommendations:
    • Do not have to quarantine. 
    • Wear a well-fitting mask around others and monitor symptoms for 10 days from last close contact. Date of exposure is day 0.  
    • Get tested at least 5 days after last close contact unless you tested positive within the last 90 days.   
    • If the close contact develops symptoms within the 10 days, they should get tested and stay home. 
    • If the close contact tests positive, they should isolate immediately. 

Quarantine recommendations for close contacts (within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes or more) with a laboratory confirmed COVID case who: 

  • Are 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but not a recommended booster. 
  • Received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and not a recommended booster.
  • Are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary series (1 dose only of 2 dose series).
    Recommendations:

    • Stay home at least 5 days after last close contact. Date of exposure is day 0.
    • Wear a well-fitting mask around others in your home.   
    • Self-monitor for symptoms for the full 10 days.  
    • If close contact develops symptoms within the 10 days, they should get tested and stay home. If positive, they should isolate immediately. 
    • If no symptoms develop, get tested at least 5 days after last close contact.
      • If negative, you can leave home wearing a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days (at least 10 days after last close contact).
      • If positive and without symptoms, isolate immediately at least 5 days from the date of positive test, or if symptoms develop, isolate for 5 days from the date symptoms began. 
      • If unable to get tested 5 days after last exposure and no COVID symptoms, you can leave the home after day 5 while wearing a well-fitting mask for 10 days around others.
      • Avoid the immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after 10 days.  
    • Stay away from those you live with and others outside the home for the full 10 days after last close contact. Stay in one room of the home, practice social distancing and use a different bathroom if possible.   
    • If unable to quarantine, wear a mask for 10 days while home and in public. 
    • If unable to wear a mask around others, continue to quarantine for 10 days. Avoid the immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days. 
    • Do not travel during the 5-day quarantine period. Get tested at least 5 days after last close contact. Make sure test results are negative and you remain without symptoms. If you don’t get tested, delay travel until 10 days after last exposure. If you must travel before the 10 days, wear a well-fitting mask around others for the entire 10 days. If unable to wear a mask, you should not travel during the 10 days.
    • Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until after 10 days after the last close contact.

 

SANITATION/HYGIENE


Is there anything I can buy for my ventilation system that will help kill the virus?

It is recommended to make sure HVAC systems are in proper working condition. Change filters on a regular basis, upgrade to HEPA filters, and increase ventilation and air circulation whenever possible.

What is the best cleaner to use in between customers to ensure the virus is not on surfaces?

Disinfect surfaces using EPA-approved products for use against SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and that are appropriate for the surface. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

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