COVID Disclosure from an Employee
What Should I Do?
May 19, 2020 by MEGAN, SPHR, JD
What should I do if my employee discloses that their family member or roommate has COVID-19?
Employees who have come within six feet of someone who is infected should self-quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During this time, they should take their temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, the known symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain, chills, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath.
Because COVID-19 is widespread in so many communities, the CDC recommends that everyone practice social distancing, be alert for COVID-19 symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
Remember to maintain the confidentiality of all employees’ medical information, which includes symptoms as well as the lack of symptoms.