Many of our clients have employees who visit family over the border regularly, or even who commute over the border. In those cases, we don’t think exclusions are realistic. Ultimately, travel exclusion decisions are up to each employer and many vary by travel destination, travel modality, and other risks. The CDC risk level for Mexico is a level 3, or the highest level. There is no specific CDC guidance re: 14 day quarantine from Mexico, but specific state quarantines should be checked (and change frequently).
This link to the CDC has excellent examples: COVID-19: When to Quarantine. Scenario 4 is this specific question. Their calendar helps a lot.
But basically, you need to quarantine for 14 days from your last exposure to someone who is infectious. People are infectious for ten days after the onset of their symptoms (or a positive test if asymptomatic). So if you live with someone infectious and can’t isolate from them in your house, for example, you’re out the 10 days they’re infectious, plus 14 days after that. 10 + 14 = 24.
We recommended allowing the employee to begin work. We are seeing increasingly unreliable results on rapid tests. Early on, we were most concerned about false negatives. Now, we’re routinely seeing false positives, as well (although not as frequently).
Absolutely, he should be excluded for 10 days from onset and no, we would not return him to work for a negative test (which may have been done too soon or may be a false negative). We continue to be surprised by who isn’t COVID tested and by diagnoses like these where the symptoms described as as likely to be COVID as nearly any other diagnosis right now.
This is a very tough one…. The answer is yes. The 14 days start again from the son’s test date. And if the employee is caring for or not isolating from the son, it’s 10 days from the son’s test date and then 14 days. Hopefully, the son or the employee can isolate to reduce the exclusion. This type of exclusion remains the most challenging for employees and employers.
As we all have more and more employees returning to work post COVID, we’re seeing a pattern of some being mildly sick and ready to come back in just a few days (but not being cleared until at least 10) and some who are sick or fatigued or describing brain fog, heart palpitations, difficulty walking for weeks and months. This article from the Atlantic says that up to 10% of COVID patients are “Long Haulers” or seeing lingering symptoms for months which could result in the single largest group of disabled workers in history.
This one seems so appropriate for the week kids are going back to school (or not).