January 6, 2022
Recommendations for Return to Work for Persons with COVID-19
There is a lot of confusion concerning the guidelines from the CDC on the return to work of persons following a COVID-19 infection. We hope this update helps our clients develop their policies for return to work. We have considered the CDC Guidelines, the comments of the President’s COVID Advisory Panel and the knowledge and practice experience of our physicians.
We start at day zero and move forward, as follows:
Day zero is the date symptoms are first detected or the date of a positive COVID test for persons who are without symptoms.
- On day 6, they may return to work if they have no symptoms and should wear a mask until day 11.
- If they are experiencing symptoms, they should remain in isolation until the symptoms resolve or day 11, whichever occurs first.
- If returning before day 11 without symptoms, a mask should be worn until day 11.
- If returning to work day 11 or after with symptoms, they should wear a mask until symptoms resolve.
- If they are symptomatic and receive a negative COVID test anytime between day 6 and 11, they may return to work and should wear a mask until day 11 or until symptoms resolve, whichever occurs last.
- If they receive a positive COVID test anytime between day 6 and 11, they should remain in isolation until day 11.
- Continued symptoms of loss of taste/smell should not delay return to work or require additional masking.
- As always, we encourage adherence to the orders or recommendations of each employee’s personal physician, if any.
None of this above prevents you from having a policy which requires more conservative positions on isolation and testing.
If you have any questions concerning this or any matter, please do not hesitate to contact our offices at (330) 263-7270.
We wish all a Happy and Healthy New Year.