We here at Public Health appreciate all of the changes businesses have had to make throughout this pandemic. As guidelines keep changing, we are here to help you navigate the changes.
Below you will find resources for businesses in Del Norte County to use to navigate keeping your business open during the pandemic and keeping both employees and the customers you serve safe.
What Businesses Should Do When An Employee Tests Positive
Positive Employee Flowchart
If your employee reports being positive, follow the flowchart below:
Exposed Employee Flowchart
If your employee reports being a contact to a positive case, follow the flowchart below:
*Vaccinated asymptomatic people need to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of distance from others in order to return to work.
COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards FAQ - January 28, 2022
COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards FAQ - Isolation & Quarantine
AB 685 is a California law that requires employers to notify employees/workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and report workplace outbreaks to the local health department. A workplace outbreak is defined when an employer identifies 3 or more cases of COVID-19 at a worksite within a 14-day period. The employer is required to report this to their local health department within 48 hours.
Businesses can report outbreaks in the following ways:
During Business Hours
Q: Do I need to close my business if an employee was at work while contagious?
A: Not necessarily, no. A business may close temporarily to clean and disinfect the areas or because employees need to quarantine. The number of employees who need to quarantine and the number you need to operate your business will determine if you need to shut down.
Q: Should I contact Del Norte County Public Health if an employee tests positive for COVID-19?
A: If you have one employee positive with COVID-19, you do not need to contact Public Health. You only have to contact Public Health if 3 or more employees test positive in a 2 week period, which is considered an outbreak. If you have questions or need assistance walking through a situation, you may call us at 707-464-0861.
Q: If an employee tests positive but isn't sick, can they still come to work?
A: No. Everyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccine status or symptoms, needs to isolate for the appropriate amount of time.
Q: Do I have to notify my employees if one of my employees tests positive?
A: In some cases, yes. Employers should provide written notification to employees who were at the worksite at the same time as the infected employee while they were contagious.
Q: Should I require employees to provide a doctor's note or positive COVID-19 tests result?
A: No, employers should not require sick employees to provide a positive test result or a letter to validate their illness, qualify for sick leave, or to return to work.
Q: I don't provide paid sick leave to my employees. What should I do?
A: Employers that do not currently offer sick leave to some or all of their employees may want to draft non-punitive “emergency sick leave” policies. The state law requiring employers with 25 or more workers to offer up to 80 hours of supplemental paid leave for COVID expired in September, but supplemental COVID sick leave may return in 2022. Employees can refer to the EDD website.
Q: Do I have to clean my facility if one of my employees tests positive?
A: Yes, perform more frequent cleaning and disinfecting, as well as enhanced cleaning and disinfecting after employees with COVID-19 have been at work.