April 9, 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) revised its recommendations regarding individuals who have been in close contact with a confirmed-positive COVID-19 individual (co-worker, customer, family member or otherwise).
In accordance to the revised CDC recommendations, so long as that exposed employee/subcontractor is not exhibiting symptoms, they are no longer required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Instead, an exposed employee/subcontractor that is not exhibiting symptoms should commence the following protocol for 14 days following each exposure (“Close Contact Protocol”):
· Pre-Screen: Envy will measure the employee’s/subcontractor’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to them starting work. Ideally, temperature checks should happen before the individual enters the office or job-site.
· Regular Monitoring: As long as the employee doesn’t have a temperature or symptoms, they will self-monitor and report immediately if they experience any symptoms.
· Wear a Mask: The exposed employee will wear a face mask at all times while in the workplace for 14 days after the last exposure. Envy will issue face masks if available, or can approve employees’/subcontractor’s supplied cloth face coverings in the event of shortages.
· Social Distance: The employee/subcontractor will maintain 6 feet and practice social distancing as work duties permit in the workplace.
· Disinfect and Clean work spaces: Clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment routinely.
Close contact is defined as being within six (6) feet of a person who has COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time.
If Envy learns that an employee has tested positive, Envy will conduct an investigation into the co-workers/subcontractors that may have had close contact with the confirmed-positive employee/subcontractor in the prior 14 days and direct those individuals that have had close contact with the confirmed-positive employee/subcontractor to perform the Close Contact Protocol for 14 days following the last exposure. If an employee/subcontractor learns that he/she has come into close contact with a confirmed-positive individual outside of the workplace, he/she must alert a manager or supervisor of the close contact and also immediately commence the aforementioned Close Contact Protocol.