Frequently Asked Questions

Does my employer have the right to mandate temperature checks, and COVID Tests? 

Yes, CDC and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have recommended that during widespread pandemics, employers have the right to perform body temperature checks, and COVID testing to help ensure the overall safety of the workplace. 

Can my employer enforce facemask compliance? 

The CDC recommends facemask use as a precaution against spreading coronavirus. We are requiring N-95, and KN-95 use for individuals in Zone A and Zone B. Per OSHA 

Guideline (29 C.F.R 1910.134) employers may require the use of respirators when they are necessary to protect the health of workers. 

What symptoms will prevent me from working? 

Individuals may not attempt to enter the workplace if any of the following symptoms are present:
 

  • Fever equal to or higher than 100.4 °F
     

  • Are under evaluation for COVID-19 (i.e. waiting for the results of a viral test to confirm infection)
     

  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and not yet cleared to discontinue isolation

I had a temperature and was sent home. When can I return to work?

Test-Based Strategy for determining when to Return to Work:
 

In some instances, a test-based strategy could be considered to allow individuals to return to work earlier than if the symptom-based strategy were used. However, as described in the Decision Memo, many individuals will have prolonged viral shedding, limiting the utility of this approach. A test-based strategy is being utilized in-consultation with local infectious disease experts.

 

The criteria for the test-based strategy are as follows


Individuals who are symptomatic:

 

  • Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
     

  • Improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), and
     

  • Results are negative from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens) tested using an antigen viral assay to detect SARS-CoV-2 RNA ;
     

    • not the antibody testing, which has been found to be unreliable.
       

 

Individuals who are not symptomatic:
 

  • Results are negative from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens) tested using an antigen viral assay to detect SARS-CoV-2 RNA

What can I do to help build my immunity, and prevent contracting COVID-19?
  • Vitamin D supplements, as directed, daily. 
     

  • B vitamin complex, as directed, daily.
     

  • Multi-Vitamin with selenium, as directed, daily.
     

  • Double your water consumption.

I was tested for antibodies, will that work in place of an antigen test?

The CDC does not recommend that employers use antibody tests to determine which employees can work. 

Antibody tests check a blood sample for past infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Due to the lack of evidence, it is unknown if people who recover from COVID-19 can get infected again. 

Antigen testing uses a respiratory sample (such as swabs of the inside of the nose) for current infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

I already tested positive for COVID-19, and have recovered with negative tests. Do I still need to get a test done?

Current recommendations suggest that recovering from COVID-19, and having a positive antibody test are not sufficient to suggest a low risk of reinfection, or spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. All individuals that are expected to work in Zone A or Zone B need to submit to continued nasopharyngeal swab testing.

 

Source: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2766097?fbclid=IwAR3NUyHUUp0Bwsi0pWMq0ETt5IIjvp0pG3J3V9c3KCHJ9pHJLQq2pr0hd6k

What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:
 

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms, however you can find the most up to date list at cdc.gov

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