I work in the medical field. My employer won’t let me return to work without a negative COVID-19 test. I have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Clinically I have been cleared by a Doctor to go back to work after having had a 24-hour stomach virus.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made many employers concerned about infecting patients and other employees. However, strict and stringent rules don’t appropriately handle this scenario. The key is to update your policies and procedures to reflect known science.
“People can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after diagnosis and not be infectious to others,” states the Friday, August 14, 2020 CDC media release. “The latest data simply suggests that retesting someone in the 3 months following initial infection is not necessary unless that person is exhibiting the symptoms of COVID-19 and the symptoms cannot be associated with another illness.”
It isn’t recommended to be re-tested for COVID-19. It would be pointless. A positive test would not accurately determine risk. A more accurate infection risk would be done by the person’s primary health provider.
The fact you have been cleared by your Doctor should be sufficient for your employer. But your employer has the ultimate say in what is allowable. Hopefully they will modify their stance soon and allow you to go back to work.
As an employer it is important to stay current with the latest recommendations to ensure a safe return to work for all. If an employee that has had COVID-19 within the last 90 days, has had an illness, but has been cleared to return to work, you have done your due diligence.
If you need help updated your policies and procedures to stay current and relevant, contact us today.