COVID-19 Employer/Employee Information
Employees with lab-confirmed COVID-19
An employee with a positive test for COVID-19 will get a call from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). MDH will provide them with next steps and help them identify other people that may have been exposed.
If MDH identifies that coworkers and others may have been exposed in the workplace, they will work with the Minneapolis Health Department, the impacted employees, and the employer to make sure everyone has information on what to do.
Employees with fever, cough, or shortness of breath, but no confirmed test
If an employee develops symptoms consistent with a respiratory infection - fever, cough, muscle aches, sore throat, and headache - the employee should do the following:
- Stay home and do not report to work, or go home immediately if the employee is at work.
- Isolate in the home as much as possible.
- Sleep separately.
- Don’t spend time in common rooms.
- Don’t share dishes, glasses, silverware, commonly used household items.
- Keep away from pets (if you have them).
If the employer thinks that the employee may have exposed coworkers and others in the workplace, they should call the Minneapolis Health Department to discuss what to do.
When can the employee return to work?
- If the employee has symptoms consistent with a respiratory infection - fever, cough, muscle aches, sore throat, and headache – the employee will need to stay home until:
- Symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath have improved, AND
- At least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
- Fever (100.4°F or higher) has been gone for at least three days without the use of fever-reducing medications (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin).
For example, if the employee has a fever and coughing for four days, the employee needs to stay home three more days with no fever, and no use of medication for a total of seven days. Or, if the employee has a fever and coughing for five days, the employee needs to stay home three more days with no fever for a total of eight days.
Implement a screening program for COVID-19 symptoms
You should screen all employees before letting them enter your business. The following questions can be used to screen for COVID-19:
- Have you had close contact with someone who was diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- Close contact means: A person has been within 6 feet of a case or suspected case of COVID-19 for over 10 minutes. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, or visiting a COVID-19 case OR if a person has direct contact with body fluids of a COVID-19 case or suspected case from being coughed on, been intimate with, etc.
- Have you had a fever of 100.4°F or higher, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, or a new or increased cough in the last seven days?
If the employee answers YES to either question, they should not be at work and should stay home.
Last updated Mar 27, 2020