COVID-19 Store Operations: Employee Health & Safety Q&A with the CDC

It can be difficult to reopen and operate your business after the pandemic. The guidelines change every day. Safety and employee health are top priorities. The following are COVID-19 frequently asked questions posted by the CDC.

What can I do if my employee has COVID-19 symptoms?

COVID-19 symptoms are a fever, shortness of breath, and cough. These symptoms should be reported to the supervisor immediately.

Employees should not be allowed to return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation, and have consulted with their healthcare provider. To be allowed to return to work, employees should not have to submit to a test or provide a doctor’s recommendation.

What do I do if my employee suspects or confirms that they have COVID-19

You don’t usually need to close the facility. You should however close any area that has been used by the patient for longer periods of time. To reduce the risk of infection to those cleaning the facility, you should wait 24 hours before cleaning it. Cleaning procedures should follow the guidelines outlined by the CDC.

Employers should notify their employees about possible exposure. The CDC recommends those exposed to take extra precautions.

Should I allow an employee to work if they have been exposed but are not showing any symptoms?

The CDC defines exposure as having been in close proximity (6 feet or less) for a long time with an infected individual. Employees should be self-isolated if they have symptoms. Employees who do not experience symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days. They also need to practice social distancing. All employees must monitor their symptoms for signs and symptoms.

It is crucial to cross-train all employees in order to perform all functions, especially if your staff has been affected by coronavirus.

What should I do if my employee finds out that they have COVID-19 a few days later?

Clean and disinfect any areas where the employee was sick if it’s been less than 7 business days. Additional cleaning is not required if it has been longer than 7 days since the sick employee last used the facility.