Workplace Exposure Steps
Step 1: Isolate positive individual and sanitize
"Isolation" is what someone who has a lab-confirmed positive COVID diagnosis is required to do. Because of the overwhelming number of positive cases in our community, people with a positive COVID lab result may or may not hear from Public Health. Regardless, they are required to isolate per the isolation guidance. Employers need to share the isolation guidance with any lab-confirmed positive employee.
Step 2: Follow State Workplace Guidance
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Review and follow the following guidances:
- California Department of Public Health's Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for Employers Guidance
- This guidance has 9 steps. Follow the steps outlined in this guidance.
- The CDPH guidance says "Establish if the employer, LHD, or both will conduct interviews of the cases to determine their close contacts." At this time, employers are responsible to conduct interview of positive COVID-19 cases to determine close contacts (see Step 3 below). That information will be submitted to the Public Health Department (see Step 4 below).
- Additional steps: Notify Nevada County Public Health of all positive employees and their close contacts via our spreadsheet (see Step 4 below). Do not wait until there is an "outbreak" (defined as 3 or more cases in a 14 day period).
- Employer questions on AB 685 (applies Jan 1, 2021)
Step 3: Identify and Notify Close Contacts
Each close contacts need to be 1) identified, 2) individually notified of quarantine requirements, and 3) information collected from each contact to complete the Workplace Exposure Toolkit spreadsheet (see Step 4 below), and 4) encouraged to get tested.
For an employer, identifying Close Contacts will likely involve gathering information from the COVID-19 positive individual related to the first symptoms, the date of specimen collection for their test, the date of their positive test, and understand all of their Close Contacts for 48 hours prior to first symptoms (or specimen collection, if asymptomatic); review of HR or staffing records from your business during their infectious period; review of client or customer interactions with the COVID-positive individual during their infectious period; and other relevant analyses to determine who the Close Contacts are. Because you must protect the confidentiality of the COVID-positive person, you should not directly ask other staff if they were a close contact.