If you take time off work to isolate or quarantine following potential exposure to COVID, you should not be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test for you to return to your job. According to the latest CDC guidelines you can return to your place of work within 10 days if you can meet all three of the criteria below:
- At least 10 days have passed since the onset of COVID-19 symptoms (or 10 days have passed since your initial positive test date if you didn’t experience any symptoms).
- You have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.).
- All other symptoms related to COVID-19 continue to improve.
It’s possible your employer does not know that testing is no longer required and may be happy to learn from you that the guidelines have changed, and that you won’t need as much time away from your job.
Replacing test-based requirements and using symptoms to guide us removes the burden of testing and allows for greater peace of mind regarding job security. Nobody wants to be potentially sick and worried about losing their job, or not receiving sick pay.
The changes will allow for shorter quarantine times and help workers return to their jobs sooner. The symptom-based strategy also enables our public health systems to focus on our community’s more vulnerable individuals.
For more COVID-19 guidance, please visit our COVID Response website.