Workers Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 Can Remain as ‘Last Resort’ in Updated Guidance

December 8, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified December 23, 2020

According to this article by Medscape, essential workers believed to be exposed to SARS-CoV-2 may remain in the workplace as a “last resort and only in limited circumstances,” according to updated guidance from the CDC. The recommendations apply to people who are asymptomatic and have not tested positive for COVID-19. When closure of a facility “may cause serious harm or danger to public health or safety,” for example, these essential workers can remain onsite. This and other updated recommendations appear on the agency’s COVID-19 Critical Infrastructure Sector Response Planning website, which was last updated on November 16.

The updated guidance was driven by new scientific evidence regarding transmission risk from asymptomatic and presymptomatic individuals, ongoing community transmission in many parts of the country, and a need to simplify assessment of risk, according to the CDC. New recommendations for facial coverings have also been updated, with the advice of healthcare workers to wear a cloth mask in the workplace.

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