What to Do When One Tests Positive

What to Do When One Tests Positive

Alameda County health officials have compiled a set of guidelines for what to do and what to expect when someone at a workplace is diagnosed with COVID-19 or its variants.

•Isolation. Any employee with a positive diagnosis needs to immediately be separated from other people and sent home. Even if the persons suspecs they have the disease, they should stay home.
•Contact tracing. Business owners or employers who become aware of a staff member with COVID are expected to notify, in writing, anyone that person knowingly came in contact with within one business day. The county con-siders “close contact” to be anyone who was within
6-feet of the positive person for 15 minutes or more. The person’s identity must remain confidential.
•Report to the county. State law requires employers to report outbreaks to their local health department within 48 hours using a particular form. More information, forms and methods of reporting outbreaks are available at https:// covid-19/acgov.org/recoverypage.
•Disinfecting and cleaning. Prior to using disinfecting products, attempt to fully ventilate the infected person’s working area for 24 hours or as long as feasible. The county has a list of EPA-certified cleaning products at the site listed above, which should be applied to frequently
touched surfaces, including: workspace, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment, tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, buttons and switches.
•Notify Cal/OSHA as required. Should the illness be caused in connection with the workplace or type of work, Cal/OSHA must also be notified of the case. This includes hospitalizations and deaths among employees, even if work-relatedness is uncertain.

How to Properly Quarantine

Alameda County has defined what is expected of someone attempting to quarantine after receiving a positive test.
Stay at home or another residence through 10 days from the last date of contact with the person infected or likely to be infected with COVID-19. Day 0 is the date of last exposure, and Day 10 is the last date of quarantine. A 14-day quarantine remains the safest option, and individuals who are in regular close contact with persons at high risk for severe disease should continue to quarantine until after Day 14. This includes individuals who live or work in congregate living facilities, such as skilled nursing facilities, correctional facilities, shelters for unhoused persons and dormitories.
Quarantined persons may not leave their place of quarantine or enter any other public or private place except to receive necessary medical care. Emergency rules apply for health care workers who may return to work after Day 7. All individuals ending quarantine before Day 14 should follow standard precautions: wearing face coverings at all times, maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms through Day 14.
Learn more by reading “Home Isolation Instructions,” at https://covid-19.acgov.org/isolationquarantine#quarantine.