Symptoms and Care: Others

COVID-19 Symptoms and Care: Others

Any employee who has contact with an individual suspected or known to have the COVID-19 disease must report that contact to her or his supervisor immediately. The supervisor must report any such contact to the appropriate member of the agency’s leadership team (e.g. secretary, deputy security or executive director).

Any employee who has been caring for a household member or individual with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher may not return to work until the household member or individual has been fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of a fever reducing medication or other symptom- altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).

If an employee has been caring for a confirmed case of COVID-19, the employee is not allowed to return to work for 14 days following the last contact with the sick individual. If the employee develops signs of COVID-19 disease, including a fever AND lower respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath, they should immediately isolate themselves away from others and call their supervisor.

The employee may work remotely during this time, assuming they do not develop COVID-19 symptoms or start to run a fever. They will not need to code their out-of-office time as administrative leave as they will be working. If the employee is unable to work remotely due to their job or symptoms, the leave will be coded as administrative leave and will not count against the employee’s regular leave accruals.

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KDHE also has a phone bank available to answer questions from the public or health care professionals, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The toll-free number is: 1-866-534-3463 (1-866- KDHEINF).