Employee Guidelines: COVID-19 Symptoms

Follow these guidelines to determine if you are able to go to work. Download PDF version.

Should I go to work?

Question 1:

Do you have ANY of these symptoms?

These symptoms indicate you may have COVID-19:

A new fever (100.4°F or higher), or a sense of having a fever
A new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition
New shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition
A new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition
New muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition, or specific activity (like exercise)

Continue to Question 2 and 3.

You may not report to work. Notify your supervisor and contact your healthcare provider immediately.

If you have been advised to stay home:

If you have been advised to stay home because of your exposure to COVID-19, you should remain in quarantine for 14 days. After 14 days, if you still do not show symptoms of illness, you may return to work. Please stay in touch with your supervisor to let them know your condition during the quarantine period.

Self-Quarantine:

Monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person.
Do not go to work or school, and avoid public places for 14 days.
If you become ill during this period, contact your health care provider.

Questions 2 and 3:

Do you live with anyone who has the symptoms listed above?

OR

Have you been close to someone who has the symptoms listed above?

You should be safe to go to work if you are providing essential services. If you exhibit any of the symptoms listed above during your work shift, report this to your supervisor. You will be sent home and not permitted to return to work until you are symptom-free for 72 hours (3 full days) without the use of fever-reducing medications AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

You may not report to work. Notify your supervisor.

If you have been advised to stay home:

If you have been advised to stay home because of your exposure to COVID-19, you should remain in quarantine for 14 days. After 14 days, if you still do not show symptoms of illness, you may return to work. Please stay in touch with your supervisor to let them know your condition during the quarantine period.

Self-Quarantine:

Monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person.
Do not go to work or school, and avoid public places for 14 days.
If you become ill during this period, contact your health care provider.

When should I return to work?

Question 1:

Did you, a close contact, or someone in your household become ill with confirmed or suspected COVID-19?

Continue to question 2.

After 14 days of quarantine, you may return to work if you and members of your household are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Question 2:

Have you AND members of your household recovered from this illness?

You may not return to work until:

You have shown no symptoms of COVID-19 for 72 hours (3 full days) without the use of fever-reducing medications
Any other member of your household has shown no symptoms of COVID-19 for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications
At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared for you and any other member of your household who has been ill.

You may not report to work. Notify your supervisor.

Additional information

What does "potential exposure" mean?

A “potential exposure” means being a household contact or having close contact within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The timeframe for having contact with an individual includes the period of time of 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic.

What is a "suspected" case?

“Suspected” is any case exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or where a health care provider believes the person has COVID-19.

What does it mean to "self-quarantine"?

Monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person.
Do not go to work or school, and avoid public places for 14 days.
If you become ill during this period, contact your health care provider