What To Do When an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19Submitted by Mission Financial Planning on August 6th, 2020
Imagine the following scenario: an employee tests positive for COVID-19. Then you find out that some of the staff has been getting together outside of the office, and a number of employees are concerned about exposure. What do you do next?
This is just a drill, but an important one. The scenario could easily happen, and to have thought this through in advance could make your life a lot smoother should it turn into reality.
Closing the office is probably not necessary. First, review the ADA Protocols flowchart to triage the situation. Assess the risk level and impose work restrictions based on exposure and PPE worn. Then use the return to work chart to set a time frame for quarantine. Call us, we'll walk you through the flowchart.
Think through how you would adjust your schedule with a reduced staff.
How would you handle testing? Patient communication?
Be aware of the Families First Act to be sure you know about requirements for paying sick and quarantined staff and the compensating tax credits.
Make sure you’ve applied for HHS Provider Relief Funds before August 28th (I made a quick video about HHS) to help cover these COVID-related expenses.
Are there any additional protocols you could install to reduce the risk of staff spread?
Can you talk to staff about how they spend their non-patient time? No matter how much protection they’re wearing with patients, if the staff is partying in the break room or getting together outside the office, there's a risk of the spread of COVID through the practice. It is manageable to get by without one sick employee, but if they all infect each other, or the doctor, that could close the office.
You made it through the mandate; you've got this. You know how to install new systems, reschedule patients and pivot on a dime. Prevention is primary of course, but having a plan in place before you get the call will help you handle it in the healthiest way possible for you, your staff and families, the practice as a whole and the patients.
We'd love to brainstorm with you.