Guidance on when an employee may return to the worksite after infection or exposure to COVID-19

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Close contacts of positive cases of COVID-19

Employees who have been in close contact with a confirmed or presumed case of COVID-19 can enter the worksite after exposure if they:

For 14 days after exposure, the employee should:

In general, routine workplace interactions with appropriate preventive practices in place are not close contacts.

If symptoms develop, the employee should follow the guidance for employees who test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19

An employee should not return to the worksite for at least 7 days if they have:

Before returning to the worksite, the employee must be asymptomatic. All symptoms must have resolved, with the exception of any residual cough.

A local public health authority or health care provider may determine that an employee (for example, an immunocompromised individual) should not return to the worksite for a longer period of time. In this case, the employee should follow the recommendation of the local public health authority or health care provider.

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