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Responding to a COVID-19 Outbreak in the Workplace

On Jun 26, 2020

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has provided guidance intended for use by employers experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 in their workplace. Employers should be proactive and keep in mind that identification of even a single positive case among employees may quickly develop into an outbreak. As outbreak circumstances and work practices vary, employers may need assistance from their local health department (LHD) to plan and coordinate a response to the outbreak that meets the needs of the workplace.

The CDPH recommends that Employers should also consult:

  • CDC guidance for businesses and small businesses for information on preventing outbreaks;
  • Cal/OSHA guidance to ensure that they are complying with legal requirements for worker protection; and
  • the California statewide industry-specific guidance to reduce risk during and after reopening of businesses.

(links to these resources below)

Outbreak Management Summary:

  • Employers should prepare for identification of COVID-19 outbreaks in their workplace.
  • Employers should prepare to share information with the LHD and other stakeholders.
  • Understand requirements for reporting employee cases to Cal/OSHA.
  • Identify additional employee cases and close contacts of cases to control further spread in the workplace.
  • Notification and management of employees
  • Determine when it is appropriate for cases and contacts of cases to return to work
  • Perform more frequent cleaning and disinfection, as well as deep/enhanced cleaning and disinfection after employees with COVID-19 have been at work.

Click here to view the entirety of the guidance on the CHPH website and links to resources.

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