What to do in the following situation:

    • An Employee believes they might have been in close contact with someone who is COVID-Positive

      An employee is considered a “close contact” if the employee was within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period.  Additionally, an employee is a close contact regardless of the length of time exposed to a person with COVID-19 if the individual:  

      • Had physical contact (such as hugging or kissing), 
      • Shared eating or drinking utensils, 
      • Were sneezed or coughed on by an infected person, or 
      • Provided care to someone who is sick with COVID-19

      If someone learns they are a close contact while they are working, isolation and testing guidelines vary based on vaccination status.  To determine vaccination status employees may be directed to the CDC  guidelines by visiting  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

      Once an employee determines their vaccination status then they need to view the CDC guidelines based on their vaccination status by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html 

      If they are unable to Work From Home, close contacts may use sick leave, annual leave, or unpaid leave during their quarantine, but are not eligible for COVID leave. COVID leave is only available to employees who test positive for COVID or are diagnosed with COVID by a healthcare provider.   

      Employees should contact the Employee Relations team with any questions about quarantine guidelines, and their healthcare provider with any health-related questions.


Last Updated: 2/11/2022v5