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Preparing Your Practice
  • Direct sick employees to stay home
  • Send employees with acute respiratory illness symptoms home immediately


  • Establish social distancing protocols
  • Require staff to wear masks (provided by employer and appropriate for work) when they interact with each other and the public


SCREEN employees and take temperatures daily.

  • Use a checklist to capture screenings
  • Perform screenings at the start of their work shift while the employee is on the clock
  • The screening is considered a medical examination, and should be conducted by the employer or management level employee as collected information is considered confidential employee health information regulated by Cal/OSHA.
  • An employer or designated individual may screen only to assess risk to others and should be restricted to COVID-19 inquiries.

IF an employee is asked to return home due to a positive response to the screening questions or a documented fever, employers should comply with the provisions of reporting time pay.

IF an employee reports symptoms or COVID-19 diagnosis:

  1. Identify and notify patients and employees who were in contact with the affected employee at the practice. Advise them to contact their healthcare provider. Do not communicate the information to anyone who does not need to know.
  2. Contact the local public health department to report it. Follow any instructions from them.

Testing employees for COVID-19 is not possible at this time. More information on testing will be provided when it is available.

Guidance from public health authorities is likely to change as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Employers should follow the most current information on maintaining workplace safety.

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Infographic: Employee Protection from COVID-19