Answer: When sick employees come to work, they run the risk of infecting the rest of the workforce.
- If you have an employee who has contracted COVID-19, that employee should be sent home immediately. Advise the employee to seek medical care right away and to avoid contact with others.
- It is also advised that the employer seek information about who the employee may have come into close contact with through their work. Employers should share non-identifying information with other employees who work at the same location, as they are at increased health risk. Any employee that has come into close contact with the infected employee should also be sent home for 14 days.
- Follow CDC guidelines for returning the employee to work. While some employers may be tempted to ask for medical clearance from a health care provider, doing so likely is no longer feasible, given current conditions. The employer should utilize established leave of absence policies and/or consider allowing the employee to telecommute during this time period.
- Contact the CDC and local health department immediately; and
- If you have an employee that has potentially been exposed to COVID-19 but is not exhibiting symptoms, take the same precautions as above.
- If you have an employee that is sick, but not exhibiting any COVID-19 related symptoms, encourage them to stay home.