COVID-19 Employee Exposure Guidelines

  • Updated Monday, September 29, 2020

    What is exposure?

    Per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), exposure occurs if a person has been in close contact (less than six feet) for greater than or equal to 15 minutes with a person with COVID-19.

    What happens when an employee is exposed to COVID-19?

    Once it is confirmed that an employee has been exposed to COVID-19, the employee will report their exposure to their direct supervisor. The BCSD Director of Nursing will provide gudiance in line with the most up-to-date CDC and SC DHEC guidelines. An employee cannot test out of quarantine. If symptoms develop, seek medical evaluation.

    If an employee tests positive for COVID-19 or it’s probable the employee has COVID-19

    The employee may return to work after at least 24 hours have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement of other illness symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell, headaches, etc.); AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

    If an employee has symptoms of COVID-19 and tests negative

    The employee may return to work if they test negative for COVID-19 using a PCR test (nose swab, saliva test) AND a medical evaluation determines that their symptoms were more likely due to another cause (e.g. sore throat due to strep throat). In this latter case, the employee can return when they meet criteria for that condition. The employee will also need to be free of the following for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants):

    • If previously on quarantine prior to symptoms developing, must complete remainder of 14-day quarantine.
    • Resolution of fever (subjective or measured) or fever symptoms (shivering, chills, body aches, etc.)
    • Improvement of other illness symptoms (sore throat, persistent cough, sinus congestion, fatigue, etc.)