Question:

What if my employee discloses that their family member or roommate has COVID-19?

Answer:

According to the CDC, employees who share a household with someone who is infected should self-quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure (exposure will be ongoing until the person they live with has recovered).

The CDC does not currently recommend special scrutiny or quarantine for those who have been exposed to an asymptomatic person, even if that person has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 (meaning you don’t need to send everyone home to quarantine just because they worked with someone who has a sick family or household member).

Because COVID-19 is widespread in many communities, the CDC recommends that everyone practice social distancing, be alert for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if directly exposed or if symptoms develop. Remember that the confidentiality of medical information, including that of an employee’s family member, must be maintained per the Americans with Disabilities Act.