RETURN TO WORK CRITERIA
Safely Returning Employees to Work after COVID-19
As more information about COVID-19 becomes available, many employers want to know how they can safely return employees back to work. Here’s a quick guide. (revised 7/20/20 per CDC recommendations)
Positive COVID-19 Test WITH Symptoms
  • At least 24 hours have passed since fever free (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and
  • Improvement in symptoms and
  • 10 days passed since symptoms first appeared

Note: For patients with severe illness, isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset may be warranted; consult with local infection control experts.
Positive COVID-19 Test WITHOUT Symptoms
  • Ten days have passed since date of first positive test (assuming symptoms have not developed)
Known COVID-19 Exposure WITHOUT Symptoms and NO TEST
  • Follow guidance provided by local health department
  • CDC recommends 14 days of quarantine, based on the time it takes for illness to develop
Important Considerations
  • As of July 29, 2020, the CDC no longer recommends test-based strategies for return to work.
  • Severity or absence of symptoms does not indicate where an individual is in the course of the illness.
  • The above recommendations will prevent most - but not all - instances of secondary spread.
  • Employers can choose to apply more stringent criteria to return to work.

Return-to-work physicals can be scheduled at Freeman OccuMed when the above recommendations are followed. Please call 417.347.6959 to schedule your appointment.
Freeman COVID-19 Screening Hotline
417.347.6444