With a surge in COVID-19 around the county and the state, the Ottawa County Department of Health has guidelines for businesses to address employees who test positive.
People who had close contact with someone with COVID-19 will be asked by the health department to stay home from work for 14 days since the last day they were in contact with the person who tested positive.
Businesses can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by: Maintaining confidentiality of the individual who tested positive; encouraging employees who come into contact with patrons or other employees to wear masks.
For more information about mask use, see Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 from the Ohio Department of Health guidelines at: coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/checklists/english-checklists/cloth-face-coverings-covid-19-checklist
Employers should share resources on prevention and staying safe, and ask employees to watch for symptoms and stay home if they experience any, including fever of over 100.4°F, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
Clean and disinfect the workplace. cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
If it has been less than seven days since the employee who tested positive has been in the workplace, clean and disinfect areas that were used by the employee for a long period of time. Find more information about cleaning at: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/ organizations/businesses-employers.html
In most cases, when appropriate steps are taken quickly, there is no need to shut down the workplace.