What should a supervisor/manager do if an employee comes to work exhibiting coronavirus symptoms?

If an employee comes to work displaying coronavirus symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough or other flu-like symptoms), stay calm. 

Immediately separate the employee from other employees, and send the employee home until they have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND; other symptoms have improved (for example, when cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND; at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 

Notify Lauren Welch in HR.

If the employee came into close physical contact with other employees during their time in the workplace (i.e., a distance of less than six feet for 15 minutes or more), send those employees (other than critical infrastructure workers) home to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of initial contact. 

If any of those employees develop symptoms they should remain at home until they have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND; other symptoms have improved (for example, when cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND; at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 

Employers should also conduct a deep clean of the ill / potentially ill employee’s workspace following the latest recommendations of the CDC and local health authorities.

Please note: Supervisors and managers should not reveal the identity of the sick employee unless the employee has provided permission to share his or her name. Like with any illness, the reason for an employee’s absence is confidential and should not be shared with others. Depending on the nature of your workplace, you may also want to inform any potentially exposed customers or vendors.

Critical infrastructure workers can refer to the “Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers” located on the Depot. 


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1. Am I required to submit health-monitoring data when I report in to work?
2. What should a supervisor/manager do if an employee comes to work exhibiting coronavirus symptoms?
3. What should a supervisor/manager do if an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 or a presumptive case of COVID-19?
4. Can the Town require employees to telecommute?
5. If I am home with my child because their school or place of care is closed or unavailable, do I get paid sick leave, expanded family and medical leave or both?
6. What does it mean to be unable to work, including telework for COVID-19 related reasons?