COVID-19 and Businesses

Last updated: May 13, 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 and follow the recommended isolation and quarantine guidelines.

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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