- Before you come to work, if you are experiencing symptoms – STAY HOME! Contact HR immediately letting them know you are experiencing symptoms and will not be reporting for your shift, then follow the guidance in #1 below.
- If you arrive at work and your symptoms start while you are working – LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! If you are working alone with a service recipient, you will need to have a replacement before you leave as you cannot leave the individual alone. Contact your supervisor and HR immediately, then follow the guidance in #1 below.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms – STAY HOME! Contact HR immediately letting them know you tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be reporting for your shift, then follow the guidance in #2 below.
- If you have been around a person with COVID-19 –Contact your supervisor and HR immediately letting them know you have been around a person with COVID-19. As long as you are symptom free, you can report to work, being sure to practice all safety protocols as established by INCOR under CDC guidelines. Follow the guidance in #3 below.
*Symptoms could be fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, sore muscles not from exercise or injury, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell. (Note: Except for fever, these symptoms are a concern if they are new and not due to another illness.)
1) I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms…
You can return to work and be with others after you:
- Contact your healthcare provider to determine if a test needs to be ordered.
- If the test is NEGATIVE: You can return to work and be around others 24 hours after symptoms clear up**.
- If the test is POSITIVE: You can return to work and be around others 10 days after symptoms first appeared, plus at least 24 hours since recovery (symptoms go away) defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).
- Example 1: Symptoms first appear, they clear up 5 days later – you can return to work 10 days after your symptoms first appeared
- Example 2: Symptoms first appear, they clear up 13 days later – you can return to work after 14 days (13 days + 24 hours since recovery)
- Example 3: Symptoms first appear, they clear up 15 days later – you can return to work after 16 days (15 days + 24 hours since recovery)
2) I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms…
If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after:
- 10 days have passed since test
If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance under #1 for “I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.”
3) For Anyone Who Has Been Around a Person with COVID-19…
INCOR will follow CDC guidance to ensure continuity of operations. CDC advises that frontline workers may continue to work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain symptom free and continue to practice all safety procedures established by INCOR using CDC guidelines. This includes:
- Pre-screening of staff’s temperature prior to starting work;
- Wearing a face covering at all times while in the workplace;
- Social distancing as work permits; and
- Disinfecting / cleaning of all work spaces routinely.
It is important to remember that anyone who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 should monitor their health for 14 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness. If you develop any symptoms please follow guidance in #1.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your supervisor.