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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

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
  6. If required to quarantine, apply for COVID Emergency pay, see below

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, you may request  paid sick leave through December 31, 2020.  You are eligible for up to 2 weeks at your 'normal' level of pay.

Please complete this form by Monday morning for the previous week (Sunday-Saturday). HERE

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

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

Immunity Period:

90 days, but more research needed
Nov 3, 2020

i got tested, now what?


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.

  • 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.)

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 do not have 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’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