Waukesha County

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Employer COVID-19 Resources:


Waukesha County Public Health has abbreviated its contact investigating process as of November 19, 2020

The following is a summary of the new process:

WHAT WAUKESHA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH CONTINUES TO DO:

  • Waukesha County Public Health has the goal to contact each person diagnosed with COVID-19 within 24 hours of their positive test result to tell them to isolate and stop spreading the infectious virus in our community.
  • Waukesha County Public Health will tell COVID-19 positive employees that they are responsible to contact their employer and tell them they are positive and that they must isolate as defined by Public Health: 10 days from test sample date or onset of symptoms, and be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine, and with symptom improvement.

WHAT EMPLOYEES WILL DO:

  • The employee who tests positive for COVID-19 will contact their employer to tell them they are positive and that they must isolate for 10 days from test sample date or onset of symptoms, and be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine, and with symptom improvement.
  • The positive employee will work with their employer to identify which work-related close contacts they exposed during their infectious period.

WHAT EMPLOYERS WILL DO TO SUPPORT THE CONTACT TRACING AND CONTACT INVESTIGATION OF A POSITIVE EMPLOYEE IN YOUR ORGANIZATION:

  • Employers will contact the employees who were identified by the positive employee as being close contacts during their infectious period. Employers will tell the close contacts to quarantine for 14 days from the date of last exposure to the positive employee.
  • Employers will use Public Health guidance documents to define the quarantine period for close contacts in the workplace.
  • Employers may choose to use a letter template provided by Waukesha County Public Health to notify employees of the need to quarantine due to being a close contact of a positive employee. See below to access template letter as Word document, in English & in Spanish
  • Employers can access COVID-19 resource documents below on this webpage.
  • Employers will keep their own spreadsheet of positive employees’ close contacts in the workplace and will no longer give that information to Waukesha County Public Health.
  • By the employer understanding the COVID positive employee’s isolation period as defined by Waukesha County Public Health, the employer will know the employee’s return to work date and not need a formal release letter from Waukesha County Public Health.
  • By the employer defining the quarantine period for the close contacts identified in the workplace, the employer will understand the employees’ return to work date and not need a formal release letter from Waukesha County Public Health.
  • These processes eliminate the need for Waukesha County Public Health to give employers return-to-work letter for employees in isolation or in quarantine.
The following are tools and resources for employers to navigate the new process:

Send specific questions to the Business Team (BusinessCOVID@waukeshacounty.gov) at Waukesha County Public Health. You can use this email link

Click here to return to our main coronavirus page to view the current Waukesha County COVID-19 data dashboard and link to additional resources.

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For questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19:

  • Text COVID19 to 211-211
  • Visit 211Wisconsin.org
  • Call 2-1-1
    Call volumes are high, please be patient and try to use the text or online options first.

**If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please call your health care provider.