Monday HR Minute: New CDC Guidelines for Employees with COVID-19
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New CDC Guidelines
On July 20, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidelines for when an employee can return to work after either displaying symptoms of COVID or having tested positive for the virus. 

These new guidelines replace earlier guidelines that were time/testing based.  The new guidelines are instead symptom based, meaning that the duration of quarantine relates to the severity of the symptoms.  

Under the previous guidelines, employees were able to return to work after onset of symptoms if the following conditions had been met:  

  • At least 7 days had passed since the onset of symptoms
  • 72 hours had passed without a fever without use of fever reducer
  • Individual had shown improved respiratory conditions
  • And for employees who tested positive for COVID, all of the above must have been be satisfied AND they had to test negative on two consecutive COVID tests taken no less than 24 hours apart

The new guidelines extend the duration an individual must wait after onset of symptoms and they do away with requiring a negative COVID test at the end of one’s convalescence.  The new guidelines create two separate return to work scenarios.

For those with mild to moderate symptoms and for those who test positive for COVID but are otherwise asymptomatic, individuals may return to work after they have:

  • Waited 10 days from onset of symptoms or tested positive for COVID

  • Have lasted 24 hours without a fever without use of fever reducer, and

  • Have improved symptoms, whatever they are (not just respiratory condition)

Employees with severe symptoms must have: 

  • Waited 20 days from onset of symptoms or positive COVID test

  • Have lasted 24 hours without a fever without use of fever reducer

  • Have improved symptoms, whatever they are (not just respiratory condition)

Returning employees are no longer required to take a negative COVID test unless their symptoms are severe and they have underlying health conditions that would require it.

To review the new CDC guidelines CLICK HERE.

If your company requires support to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 changes let us help!  Our COVID HR Support Plan provides businesses with access to one of our HR professionals to address the nuances of your situation in time increments tailored to your needs.  Click HERE to learn more or to get started!

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