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Follow if an employee reports exposure or is determined to have had exposure to symptomatic or COVID-19 case.
Close contact – Within 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a cumulative total 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period within or overlapping with the “high-risk exposure period” without respirator worn in accordance with a respiratory protection program.
COVID-19 case – A person who has a positive COVID-19 test, has a positive COVID-19 diagnosis from a licensed health care provider or is subject to a COVID-19 related order to isolate issued by a local or state health official.
Exposed group – Means all persons in a work location, working area or a common area at work where a COVID-19 case was present at any time during the high-risk exposure period, without wearing face coverings.
Screening and symptoms guidance – Employee Screening Form.
Face covering – A surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily or a tightly woven or non-woven fabric of at least two layers.
Fully vaccinated – Employer has documentation showing that person received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
High-risk exposure period – COVID-19 cases who develop symptoms from two days before they first develop symptoms until ALL of the following are true: It has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared, 24 hours have passed with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms have improved. For COVID-19 cases who never develop symptoms, from two days before until 10 days after the test specimen was collected.
Worksite – Building, store or facility or other location where a COVID-19 case was present during the high-risk exposure period. It does not apply to buildings, floors or other locations that a COVID-19 case did not enter.
Contact tracing – Identifying patients and employees in the office in close contact with the infected or symptomatic patient or employee. Advise person to seek medical evaluation.
COVID-19 cases, vaccinated and nonvaccinated persons with close contact who developed symptoms may return to work when they have met all of the following criteria:
Unless all of the following is true for the employee who had close contact:
A COVID-19 positive person who did not develop symptoms may return to work after a minimum of 10 days since the date the test specimen was collected.
A nonvaccinated person with close contact who did not develop symptoms may return to work after a minimum of 10 days has passed since the last known close contact.