If you’re an essential worker or healthcare worker that tested positive for COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone who has, you may be wondering what to do and when it’s ok to return to work. Here’s what you need to know.
You may return to work after an illness when:
If you tested positive, but never felt sick:
If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, what should you do?
You may continue to work as long as you remain well and don’t have symptoms, if you also do the following things for 14 days after the most recent exposure:
If you start to experience symptoms, you should go home immediately and contact your healthcare provider to arrange for a test.
How do I know if I was exposed?
In general, you need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected. Close contact means:
Close contact with someone includes the period of time 48 hours before they started showing symptoms. In general, you will be contacted by the health department if you were a close contact of someone with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
You may return to work after an illness or positive test result when:
You should also:
Some healthcare workers may experience prolonged cough as a result of respiratory viral infection, which may continue after isolation has ended. Those workers should wear a face mask until their cough resolves or their health returns to normal.
You should actively monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection, but can return to work provided you:
Check with your employer to see if they have additional requirements to return to work safely. Visit the FAQ section of our website for updates to this guidance.