How can we help protect our residents if employees are not required to provide a doctor’s note indicating that they are cleared to return to work?

At minimum, employees who have missed work because of illness and/or COVID-19 symptoms should be screened upon return to work and should be asked to complete a certification indicating the reason they stayed home from work (i.e., the symptoms they experienced); the date and time they last experienced symptoms; whether they have had contact with any individual known or suspected to have COVID-19 in the preceding 14 days; and whether they have traveled outside the country in the preceding 14 days to any country identified as a Level 3 risk by CDC. For an individual who does not fall into a high-risk category, the employer should ensure that he/she has been symptom free for at least 24 hours.  If an employee has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has traveled to a Level 3 country, he/she should remain home until 14 days have passed since the exposure and/or travel.  Note that this does not apply to employees who have tested positive for or who “have suspected COVID-19” (see below).

last updated:
Apr 23

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