COVID Info for Employers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided isolation and quarantine guidance for the general public, which the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is aligned with.
The isolation and quarantine guidance applies to all non-healthcare workplace settings except:
- Crowded work sites where physical distancing is not possible due to the nature of the work (e.g., warehouses, factories, and food packaging and meat processing facilities)
- Commercial maritime settings (e.g., commercial seafood and cargo ships)
- For information about schools/childcares please see: COVID-19 Info for Schools and Child Care
Notify the Snohomish County Health Department *within 24 hours* if you suspect COVID is spreading in your workplace or if there are two or more confirmed or suspected cases among your employees in a 7-day period.
To notify the Snohomish County Health Department, please use the COVID-19 Facility Outbreak Notification System (clicking on the link will direct you to the reporting page). Fill out the form to register.
Although it is requested you fill in all the information, the **Required** tabs are noted. After inputting the data, click “next page”. On the last page, you will see a section that says, "Upload file." Upload the Employer Case Reporting Spreadsheet. Please ensure the required tabs on the spreadsheet are complete before submitting. Please do NOT use the spreadsheet in FONT.
Once you have reported the cases, please check your email for a WA Department of Health link so you can connect new cases to the current cases/suspected outbreak. This link can only be used only once.
If you have questions about reporting COVID-19 cases, if the link is not working, or if you need a new link, please email SHD-COVIDemployment@co.snohomish.wa.us.
Guidance Documents to provide to employees
- What to do if you test positive for COVID-19, Personas que dieron positivo en la prueba de COVID-19
- What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 , Qué hacer si existe la posibilidad de que haya estado en contacto con alguien que tiene COVID-19
RESOURCES TO DETERMINE WHEN EMPLOYEES CAN SAFELY RETURN TO WORK:
- Isolation and Quarantine Calculator | Washington State Department of Health
- Isolation and Quarantine Flow Chart
SAMPLE TEMPLATES TO NOTIFY PEOPLE OF POTENTIAL COVID-19 EXPOSURE:
- Sample template to notify employee of potential COVID-19 exposure.docx (live.com)
- Sample template to notify patron of potential COVID-19 exposure.docx (live.com)
- Summary of COVID-19 Guidance & Resources for Businesses , Resumen de la guía y los recursos de COVID-19 para empresas
- What to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19 – step by step instructions
- COVID-19 Resources | Labor & Industries
- COVID-19 FAQ for the workplace (OSHA)
PREVENTION AND RESPONSE PLANNING
- COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan Sample Template , Plantilla para un plan de prevención y respuesta al COVID-19
- COVID-19 Control and Prevention in the workplace (OSHA) (English/Spanish)
- L&I Requirements and Guidance for Preventing COVID-19 (Washington State L&I), Español: Requisitos y guía de L&I para prevenir el COVID-19
- Reporting and Notification Requirements of HELSA and PPE Usage - Questions & Answers (Washington State L&I)
- COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (OSHA)
- Secretary of Health Order 20-03 Statewide Face Coverings
MASKS AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
- Overview of COVID-19 Statewide Face Covering Requirements
- FY22-229 Hazard Alert: Respirator Use to Prevent COVID-19 During Health Care Staff Shortages (wa.gov)
- Personal protective equipment factsheet for non-medical settings (FEMA)
- What if a worker can't wear a mask? / ¿Qué hago si un trabajador no puede usar el cubre boca?
- How to Make a Resource Request
If masks are required at your workplace setting, there must be signs posted that explain the mask requirement. Organizations can download a sign that can be used for this purpose below or use this Business Signage Toolkit from the Washington Department of Health.
Vaccination and Testing
Click buttons below for local vaccination and testing information
- Anti-stigma resources (Public Health-Seattle & King County)
- Guidance for Building Resilience in the Workplace (DOH)
- COVID-19 Response & Resources (Snohomish County)