I live with/was close contact with someone who was advised to stay home

You are fine to continue working even if you had close contact with someone who is not feeling well or was exposed to someone who had close contact with someone who tested positive.

Only if the person you had close contact with tests positive for COVID-19 or if you begin to feel two or more less likely indicators or one of the more likely indicators of COVID, please contact your supervisor and plan to go home as soon as possible.

Definition

Less likely indicator of COVID-19: sore throat; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; chills; muscle pain; extreme fatigue/feeling very tired; new severe/very bad headache; new nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose.

More likely indicators of COVID-19: fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher; new cough or a cough that gets worse; difficulty/hard time breathing; new loss of taste or smell.

Close Contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive person (regardless of wearing a mask or other PPE) for at least 15 cumulative minutes Keep in mind the minutes of close contact add up being within six feet for three, 5-minute periods would make someone a close contact. Can occur starting 2 days before positive test or illness onset, whichever occurred first.

Quick Answers

The advice we've found is that you will stay home until test results are received. Refer to  "Quick Answers" below once test results are received. 

From what we've read, you should stay home until all of the following apply:

  1. You have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications)
  2. Your other symptoms have improved.
  3. It has been at least 10 days since your symptom onset. A doctor's note or Public Health release is not required to return to work.

The advice we've seen id that you need to stay home and monitor for symptoms. If you have no symptoms, you can return 10 days after you were tested.

If during the 10 days you become symptomatic, then you must continue to stay home for at least 10 more days from the date of the symptom onset and meet all the following before returning to work

  1. You have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications)
  2. Your other symptoms have improved.
  3. It has been at least 10 days since your symptom onset. A doctor's note or Public Health release is not required to return to work.

You do not have COVID-19.

You should follow standard employee illness protocols for returning to work, such as 24 hours fever-free, or 2 days after last episode of vomiting or diarrhea, or when on antibiotics for at least 24 hours, or as approved to work by a doctor. A doctor’s note may be required to return to work based on medical condition and business illness policy.