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Covid Information for Employees

do your part

  • Wear a mask
  • Stay 6 feet from others
  • Avoid large crowds
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently

covidaware mn ap

Download the free COVIDaware MN app to get notified if you have been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19. HERE


i suspect i have covid, what do i do?

  1. See the chart at the right and/or use the Symptom Self-Checker below
     
  2. Follow the advise of the CDC Symptom Checker
     
  3. If testing is recommended, follow the link below to find a testing location
     
  4. Immediately contact the front office and/or your supervisor to alert them
     
  5. Follow the testing information below and quarantine as required

CORONOVIRUS self-checker

The CDC has a tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care: HERE


covid test locations

MDH has a list of both nasal and saliva testing locations in Mn. The newest saliva test site is in Brooklyn Park (by appointment or walk-in). HERE


what is a known exposure?

Close Contact / Known Exposure

In general, close contact / known exposure means being within about 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more throughout the course of a day (24 hours)


covid sick pay

Under the Families First Coronovirus Response Act, this program ended on 12/31/20. It ended with our final 2020 check date of 12/23/20.

Symptom Comparison

what scientists know

Contagious Period:

2 days prior to symptoms through 10 days after start of symptoms
(This is why a positive test result requires 10 days of quarantine)
Oct 20, 2020 www.who.int

Incubation Period:

14 days | Median Time is 4-5 days | Most will develop symptoms by day 11.5 
Best time to test: Days 5-6 after exposure
(This is why exposed people are required to quarantine for 14 days)
Nov 3, 2020 www.cdc.gov

Immunity Period:

90 days, for anyone who has had COVID-19 or received full doses of vaccination. This is an ongoing study.
Nov 3, 2020 & Feb 10, 2021 www.cdc.gov


i got tested, now what?


IF I GET TESTED, DO I NEED TO STAY HOME UNTIL I GET MY RESULT?

Not necessarily.
 

No Exposure and/or No Symptoms:  A person deciding to get a test at a community testing event who has no symptoms and no known exposure does not need to stay home until they receive their result.

Known Exposure and/or Symptoms: If you have symptoms or are identified as a close contact of a person who has COVID-19, please stay home and away from others until you receive your test results. Best time to test is five days after exposure.

  • A positive test will require quarantine for 10 days from symptom onset or test date (see below)
  • A negative test will require quarantine for 14 days from LAST exposure (see below)

(In general, close contact (known exposure) means being within 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more throughout the course of a 24 hour day.)

what if someone in my home tests positive?

When you live with someone who has COVID-19, you should quarantine during the time they might be contagious (their isolation period), as well as the time you could develop COVID-19. This may mean you need to quarantine for 24 days or more.

Your 14-day quarantine period starts the day after the person you live with completes their isolation period.

This is usually:

  • 10 days from the day their symptoms started.
  • If they didn't have symptoms, 10 days from the day they got tested.

If multiple people in your home have COVID-19, your 14-day quarantine period starts after the last person has completed their isolation.


if your test is positive

And you have symptoms:

You will definitely need to plan on staying home until all three things are true:

  • You feel better and symptoms have improved; and,
  • It has been 10 days since you first felt sick; and,
  • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using fever-reducing medicine.

And you have no symptoms:

You will need to stay home for at least 10 days after getting tested for COVID-19.

A public health worker will contact you with more information.



if your test is negative

And you have NO symptoms: 

Please see the updated Guidance below.

And you’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19: 

You will need to stay home for 14 days  after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19, whether you have symptoms or not. 

  • It can take up to two weeks for a person who has been exposed to get sick. 
  • If you were tested early after being exposed, the test may not have detected the virus yet. 

And you have symptoms: 

Talk to your doctor and follow their advice. If there is not another diagnosis, you should still stay away from work, school, and other public places until you’re feeling better and have no fever. Symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to other illnesses, like flu, and the risk of spreading these illnesses to others in your community can be high. 

Source: MDH website


updated quarantine guidance

View this as a webpage

Minnesota Department of Health

December 7, 2020

The safest option is to stay away from others for 14 days.

  • In certain situations, you may end your quarantine after 10 days, or after seven days with a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • You cannot end your quarantine before seven days for any reason.
  • Some work settings, like health care, have different rules about quarantine. Check with your employer.
 

You should stay away from others for 14 days if:

  • Someone in your home has COVID-19.
  • You live in a building with other people, where it’s hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

14-Day Quarantine - the safest option.

 

You may consider being around others after 10 days if:

  • You do not have any symptoms.
  • You have not had a positive test for COVID-19.
  • No one in your home has COVID-19, and you do not live in a building with other people, where it’s hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

Even after 10 days you must still:

  • Watch for symptoms through day 14. If you have any symptoms, stay home, separate yourself from others, and get tested right away.
  • Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

10-Day Quarantine

 

You may consider being around others after seven days only if:

  • You get tested for COVID-19 at least five full days after you had close contact with someone with COVID-19, and the test is negative.
  • You do not have any symptoms.
  • You have not had a positive test for COVID-19.
  • No one in your home has COVID-19, and you do not live in a building with other people, where it’s hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

Even after seven days you must still:

  • Watch for symptoms through day 14. If you have any symptoms, stay home, separate yourself from others, and get tested right away.
  • Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

7-Day Quarantine - requires a negative COVID-19 test.

You cannot end your quarantine before seven days for any reason.

 
 

updated: quarantine after vaccination

(CNN 2/10/2021) People who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus -- right now that means with two doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine -- can skip quarantine if they are exposed to someone infected with the virus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

That doesn't mean they should stop taking precautions, the CDC noted in updated guidance. It's just not necessary for them to quarantine.

"Fully vaccinated persons who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19," the CDC said in updates to its web page with guidance on vaccination.

"Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria," the CDC added.

The criteria: They must be fully vaccinated -- having had both shots with at least two weeks having passed since the second shot. That's because it takes two weeks to build full immunity after the second dose of vaccine.

But the CDC says it's not known how long protection lasts, so people who had their last shot three months ago or more should still quarantine if they are exposed. They also should quarantine if they show symptoms, the CDC said.

This recommendation to waive quarantine for people with vaccine-derived immunity aligns with quarantine recommendations for those with natural immunity, which eases implementation," the CDC said. The agency will update guidance as more is learned.

Source: 2/10/21, CNN