An Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19 – What Needs to Happen Next?

Your office is open again and things are running smoothly, and then you get the news: an employee suspects they have COVID-19.  What is next?

  1. The employee that suspects they have COVID-19 should be sent home immediately. The employee needs to seek medical treatment that includes being tested for COVID-19.  If they are positive, they need to quarantine for the recommended amount of time. The CDC is stating that if there are no symptoms for 10 days after a positive test, the individual can be around others.
  2. Perform the recommended ADA Staff Exposure Risk Assessment for all staff members who may have had contact with the infected employee. Follow the required recommendations from the ADA risk assessment.
  3. Clean and disinfect surfaces in the office per the CDC Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Dental Settings During the COVID-10 Response.
  4. Follow state specific protocols for notifying patients. The Oregon Dental Association is having all dentists contact their local county health department to let them know they have a positive test case.  The health department will provide guidelines on what is needed for staff and patients.

We understand this is a stressful time.  Please reach out with any specific questions.  We hope you continue to stay safe and healthy!

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