Attention Nevada Based Businesses, there are new guidelines for employees returning to work after facing Covid-19 infection and exposure. The new guidelines were adopted from the CDC.
Download the new documents below or visit our Covid Resource Page to get everything you need to stay in the know and compliant.
Employers and Businesses Managing Persons Who Could Have Been Exposed to Covid-19 Undergoing Quarantine
The bulletin describes the newly revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to shorten the required quarantine period for individuals with recent exposure history to COVID-19 from 14 days down to 7 days with negative testing, OR for 10 days if testing is not available.
The new guidelines allow individuals who have come in contact with someone infected with COVID-19 to resume normal activity after 10 days, or 7 days if they tested negative starting on day 5 of the quarantine. This includes, but is not limited to, at home quarantine, in a hotel or dormitory room, or in a group quarantine facility.
Most recent CDC Guidelines NO longer recommend 14 days for quarantined individuals. CDC just shortened the quarantine period required for individuals with recent history of exposure to COVID-19 from 14 days down to 7 days from the date of the most recent exposure, as long as they remain asymptomatic and receive a negative test on or after day 5 of the exposure.
When testing is not available, individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic must be quarantined for 10 days from the time of their most recent exposure.
Employers and Businesses Managing Persons Who Test Positive for Covid-19
A test-based strategy is no longer recommended to determine when to discontinue home isolation, except in certain circumstances. A test-based strategy may result in prolonged isolation of patients who may continue to shed detectable viral RNA fragments that are no longer infectious.
Symptom-based strategy for patients with mild to moderate* illness who are not severely immunocompromised or persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were able to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and
- At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and
- Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved
For patients who are not severely immunocompromised and who were asymptomatic throughout their infection, self-isolation and transmission-based precautions may be discontinued when at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive viral diagnostic test.
*Mild Illness: Individuals who have any of the various signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, sore throat, malaise, headache, muscle pain) without shortness of breath, dyspnea, or abnormal chest imaging.
Moderate Illness: Individuals who have evidence of lower respiratory disease by clinical assessment or imaging, and a saturation of oxygen (SpO2) ≥94% on room air at sea level.
Melissa Marsh, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a human resources consultant and founder of HRinDemand, a human resources company in Reno, NV, offering expert guidance and easy-to-use tools to help small businesses with employment regulations, compliance, employee relations, and company growth.