Good question and a challenging one that is probably best referred to your legal advisors. However, travelers are generally responsible for their own self-quarantine after travel. It’s a good idea to let employees know that they must check travel restrictions at their destination and upon their return. And to know that those restrictions may change while they’re traveling or as they return (and that it is unlikely they would be paid for travel quarantines).
Great question! Isolation is when a person is either sick with COVID or is asymptomatic and tested positive for COVID and remains separated from others so they don’t also get sick. They are infectious and must remain at home in isolation for ten days from the onset of their symptoms or the date of their original test (the test date, not the result date).
Quarantine or self-quarantine is when someone has been exposed to COVID and “quarantines” or stays away from others to prevent the spread of disease in case they are incubating it. The incubation period is between 2 and 14 days and they should remain at home for 14 days. This is sometimes confusing, as they are often used interchangeably.
States are having a difficult time spooling up robust contact tracing. The Florida Department of Health told us earlier today they still need more than 400 additional tracers. So, although every person who tests positive should be receiving a phone call from a contact tracer, that isn’t always happening. We’re also hearing that contact tracers are frustrated that + patients aren’t taking their calls.
They’ve asked that we all remind employees who test positive that if they see any .gov or DOH identification on their caller ID, they really need to take the call or call back if we’re going to get this COVID surge under control.
First, you want to verify that. We’ve had several where the employee actually tested positive for antibodies and not COVID. And last night we had an urgent care nurse tell an employee they both have COVID and antibodies and needed to quarantine (wrong!). Go to the app and see the action plan, but basically it says:
South Korea sets the bar for how to use contact tracing effectively and avoid shut downs.
With baseball, basketball, hockey and NASCAR coming back (or not), this one truly made us LOL.