What advice is there for the workplace?   Encourage sick employees to stay home.  Health experts recommend that employees with symptoms of acute respiratory illness stay home. Employees should not come to work if they have:

  • Fever (100.4° F [38° C] or greater using an oral thermometer).
  • Other symptoms like cough, vomiting, or diarrhea.

People should be without fever for 24 hours off of fever reducing medicines like aspirin or acetaminophen before returning to work or school. Employees should inform their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.

Separate sick employees from other employees.  This is what CDC recommends. Also, those with fever or acute respiratory illness symptoms should go home immediately:

  • Upon arrival to work, or
  • During the day, if symptoms develop while at work.

Help your workplace stay healthy.  Emphasize that all employees should:

  • Stay home when sick, and make sure workplace policies allow sick leave so that people can do the right thing by protecting their co-workers.
  • Cover their coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash their hands frequently.

For more information visit these CDC websites: Coughing and Sneezing ,  Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

Perform regular cleaning of the workplace. Make it a routine to clean all surfaces that people often touch. Examples are workstations, countertops and doorknobs. Use cleaning agents usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label. Know how to respond to employees after exposure or who are sick.  Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should:

If an employee develops COVID-19 infection, employers should:

  • Work with public health to determine which co-workers had close, prolonged contact with the ill employee that might put them at risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Employees who have exposure to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should:

Review your outbreak response plans and make sure they are up to date. If you do not have a plan, now is the time to develop one. All outbreaks are reportable. That includes those in the workplace. Contact your local public health department if you believe you have an outbreak. They will be able to guide you through how to respond.