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Employee Screening for COVID-19

April 12, 2021 30303

Employers should continue to evaluate employee health regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Employers should continue to evaluate employee health regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Instead of screening employees and taking temperatures, employers may ask employees to self-screen prior to their scheduled shift. Employees can be required to report to the employer and not enter the workplace if they are:

  • Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Fever equal to or higher than 100.0 F.
  • Under evaluation for COVID-19 (for example, waiting for the results of a viral test to confirm infection).
  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and not yet cleared to discontinue isolation.

An employer may continue to actively screen employees if it chooses to do so. For more information, review this Feb. 11, 2021, CDC guidance on Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 in Workplaces.

Ensure the following policy is included in the office’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan, Addendum to the IIPP:

Staff is required to report without fear of reprisal the following information to the employer as soon as possible:

  • If they are experiencing more than one COVID-19 symptom, such as fever, shortness of breath, dry cough, sore throat, unexplained muscle pain, headache or nausea, new loss or taste or smell.
  • If they have a positive test or have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • If they had close contact within the past 14 days with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.