Updates regarding COVID-19

COVID-19 Q&A – 8/06 Update

IBVI is following CDC guidelines related to COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

 

Q: What are COVID-19 symptoms?
A: People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficult breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Fatigue
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

Q: What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
A: Stay home and notify HR. We’ve relaxed the attendance policy, and you will not receive an occurrence. If you come to work, you will be sent home. You could infect others and may be subject to disciplinary action.

 

Q: When can I return to work after I experienced COVID-19 symptoms?
A: IBVI is following CDC guidelines for not being tested for COVID-19:
No fever for at least 24 hours (that is one full day of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
AND
other symptoms have improved (for example, when their cough or shortness of breath have improved)
AND
at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

 

Q: What should I do if my healthcare provider recommends I self-quarantine for 14 days?
A: Stay home and notify HR. If you come to work, you will be sent home. You could infect others and may be subject to disciplinary action.

 

Q: When can I return to work after my doctor recommends a 14 day self-quarantine?
A: IBVI is following the CDC guidelines on when to return to work:
Remain out of work for 14 days as recommended by healthcare provider
AND
No fever for at least 24 hours (that is one full day of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
AND
other symptoms have improved (for example, when their cough or shortness of breath have improved)
AND
at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

 

Q: What if I live with someone who works here (or doesn’t work here), and they’re sick?
A: Notify HR and stay home until the person who is sick meets the criteria above and can return to work

 

Q: What if I’ve been a close contact to someone socially or at work who tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do?
A: Notify HR. If you haven’t had COVID-19 in the past three months, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. See above for returning to work. If you developed COVID-19 within the past three months, have recovered, and do not have symptoms, you will not need to quarantine.

 

Q: What is considered a close contact to someone who tests positive for COVID-19:
A: Per the CDC, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Q: What if I live with someone whose been instructed by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine for 14 days?
A: Notify HR. You will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. See above for returning to work.

 

Q: If I test positive for COVID-19 what should I do?
A: Stay home and notify HR immediately. If you come to work, you will be sent home. You could infect others and may be subject to disciplinary action.

 

Q: When can I return to work if I test positive for COVID-19?
A: IBVI is following the CDC guidelines:

People with COVID-19 or its symptoms who are recovering at home (or other non-hospital setting), and will not be tested to determine if they are no longer contagious can return when:
They have had no fever for at least 24 hours (that is one full day of no fever) without the use of medicine that reduces fevers
AND
Other symptoms have improved (for example, when their cough or shortness of breath have improved)
AND
At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared, whichever is longer

 

People with COVID-19 or its symptoms who are recovering at home (or other non-hospital setting), and will be tested to determine if they are no longer contagious can return when:
They no longer have a fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
AND
Other symptoms have improved (for example, when their cough or shortness of breath have improved)
AND
They received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart

People who DID NOT have COVID-19 symptoms, but tested positive who are self-isolating at home (or other non-hospital setting) can return to work when:
At least 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive test
AND
They continue to have no symptoms (no cough or shortness of breath) since the test

 

Q: Am I required to wear a mask at work if I’ve been around someone either socially or at work that is sick with COVID-19 symptoms?
A: When we’re under a State/County/Local Mask Mandate a mask is required unless you’re in a room by yourself. In all other instances, you’re not required to wear a mask, but wearing a mask is highly recommended for employee safety.

 

Q: If I traveled internationally or domestically, do I have to self-quarantine?
A: Notify HR. International travel will be evaluated on a case by case basis. As of July 27, 2020, IBVI is asking everyone returning from out of state travel to go through a COVID-19 screening process.
The screening process will include a temperature check and answering a COVID-19 questionnaire. This will be conducted by a manager at each facility.

We’re requiring this process for the first three days after the employee travels when they return to work.
Example: If you return on a Saturday, and work Monday through Friday, you would follow this process Monday and Tuesday.
2nd Example: If you return on a Monday and work Wednesday through Friday, you would follow this process on Wednesday and Thursday.

Please note: If you live out of state, do not work remotely, and your work location is in Wisconsin and you travel regularly (weekly) into Wisconsin to work, this process will not pertain to you.

Q: What if a vendor comes in from an out of state facility?
A: Please follow the process above that is in place for employees.

 

Q: Do I have to come to work if I am concerned about COVID-19?
A: No, and you will not receive an occurrence. This will also be unpaid unless you elect to use paid time off (vacation, etc.).

 

Q: How will I be paid if I’m out due to COVID-19 or because I need to self-quarantine?
A: On April 1, 2020, the Families First Act became effective. There are some pay and leave provisions within that act. You can use any available paid time off you have remaining in your balance (i.e., vacation, floating holiday, etc.).

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