Preventing outbreaks is key to continue to protect your employees and their families from COVID-19. Below is the COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine guidelines as of June 29, 2020. These guidelines should be used for ALL employees affected by the virus in order to control the spread of COVID-19 to additional employees within your facility.
- Isolation Quarantine Guidelines
- Contact Tracing
- Safety Practices for Critical Workers
- Essential/Critical Workers Exposed to COVID-19
Public Health continues to follow up with all lab confirmed cases. During this follow-up, each case is asked to identify individuals they have been in close contact with during the time they were contagious. Close contact is someone that has been within six (6) feet of distance or less for fifteen (15) minutes or more. Exposed individuals are then contacted by the Health Department and instructed to stay in quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure. It’s important to note, employees should not return to work until their 14 days of quarantine is completed, regardless if they test negative for COVID-19 after their exposure.
Additional Measures Businesses Should Continue:
- Screen all employees by taking their temperature and assessing for COVID-19 symptoms. Immediately remove any employee exhibiting symptoms from the workplace.
- Implement measures to enable social distancing as much as possible.
- Prioritize hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette among employees.
If your business has questions on preventing, detecting, and managing cases of COVID-19, please call CG Public Health (641.421.9300) or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Business Guidance.