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

We are hearing from clients almost daily on a positive test result in the office.  We want to revisit Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave as well and what steps you need to take after a positive test case.  We released a FFCRA blog in June 2020 that documented what you were required to pay under FFCRA.  FFCRA expires on 12/31/2020. You need to pay any qualifying FFCRA leave through the end of the year.
You have an employee that tests positive for 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.
  1. As noted in the first paragraph, determine if the employee is eligible for paid leave through FFCRA.
  1. 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.
  1. Clean and disinfect surfaces in the office per the CDC Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Dental Settings During the COVID-10 Response.
  1. 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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