If an employee reports to work sick or gets sick at work:
Isolate > Protect > Help > Ask > Reinforce
- Isolate the employee immediately.
- Protect the Employee’s Privacy, this is a medical matter.
- Help them figure out how to get home and/or tested without impacting others.
- Ask them to call their doctor to get tested or call Aspen Valley Primary Care
at 970-279-4111 if they do not have a doctor.
- Reinforce the Five Commitments of Containment with your employees and customers.
Five Commitments To Containment
If we all follow Public Health protocol we will be more successful re-opening businesses and keeping businesses open.
What To Do
If your employee tells you they tested positive for COVID-19
- Public Health Disease Investigation Team will initiate contact tracing with the individual. Do not notify other employees about the individual’s positive test result (this is a private medical matter) or attempt to contact trace yourself.
- If your place of employment is identified as a location where exposure may have occurred, a member of the Disease Investigation Team will reach out to you directly. The CDC defines a “contact” or an “exposure” as a person who has been closer than 6 feet to a positive person for more than 15 minutes, while that positive person is considered contagious. People who are identified as “contacts” are required to quarantine for 14 days.
- Unless your employee self reports to you as the employer, you as the employer may or may not be aware if your employee has tested positive. CDC provides additional precautions for any guidelines in businesses.
Who will contact me as an employer?
As an employer in Pitkin County, you will be working directly with Pitkin County Public
Health. However the lead for the investigation is based on the employee’s county of
residence, and may be led by Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin or other.
Clean and Disinfect
The Centers for Disease Control is a good source of information for steps you can
take to clean and disinfect your place of business.
Does my business need to close?
Your business may or may not be required to close depending on the contact tracing and
level of exposure identified. If a recommendation to close is being considered, Pitkin
County Public Health will reach out to that business to discuss the concerns and process
in detail. Regardless of whether or not a business is asked to close, all businesses should
follow CDC Guidelines for Businesses, including:
- If it has been less than 7 days since the sick employee has been in the facility, close off any areas used for prolonged periods of time by the sick person, clean, sanitize, and disinfect the employee’s working area. If practical, wait 24 hours before using or cleaning the area with windows open to minimize other employees being exposed. If waiting 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
- If it has been 7 days or more since the sick employee used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary. Continue routinely cleaning and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces in the facility.
What should I communicate to my other employees?
- Determine which additional employees may have been exposed to the virus and may need to take additional precautions.
- Inform employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Consider that employee(s) could potentially be isolating in the near future and determine impacts to staffing and your operations.
What do I tell my customers?
The Disease Investigation team will coordinate with any members of the public who may
have been exposed.
Consider your communications strategy if there is an outbreak at your business. How will you communicate to your customers and community? (Note: CDPHE defines a confirmed outbreak as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a facility or non-house-hold group, healthcare facility residents, or correctional setting [residents, inmates, detainees, etc.] with onset in a 14-day period, and confirmed outbreaks may be reported publicly.
More information: Centers for Disease Control Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Our contact tracing system now in place and designed to be very effective in tracing
all who have been exposed in an outbreak. The most efficient tool we have to isolate
cases quickly and stop the spread.
More Information: Contact Tracing