Waukesha County

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COVID-19 Business & Workplace resources


updated September 22, 2021          


 Information for Businesses & Employers:

Waukesha County Public Health encourages all businesses and employers to implement the following mitigation strategies recommended by the CDC to stop the spread of COVID-19. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 can help reduce absenteeism due to illness and exposure while keeping your employees and patrons safe.

  1. Promote COVID-19 vaccination for employees. Persons aged 12 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. Vaccination is the best strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19 and prevent hospitalizations and death.
  2. Encourage employees to wear masks in common areas and allow for social distancing.
  3. Let sick employees stay home. Any staff with COVID-19 symptoms should leave work and get tested. Positive staff members should isolate, while close contacts should quarantine. See additional FAQs for more specifics on isolation and quarantine periods.
  4. Promote excellent hand hygiene and regularly clean and disinfect common workspaces.
  5. Improve ventilation systems if possible.

If you are a business or employer looking to host an onsite vaccine clinic, send an email request to: covidvaccine@waukeshacounty.gov.

If an Employee Tests Positive

The employee should isolate after they get their positive test result, regardless of their vaccination status. The employee’s period of isolation generally lasts for 10 days. Their period of isolation is over when:

  • 10 days has passed since their onset of symptoms, AND
  • The employee is fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication, AND
  • The individual’s symptoms have improved

Work with the employee to identify their close contacts. A close contact is defined as an individual who has spent 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of someone infected with COVID-19.

Notify Their Close Contacts at Work

All workplace close contacts should be notified by the business or employer that they were exposed to COVID-19. An advantage to having fully vaccinated employees is that they do not have to take time off of work to quarantine if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Waukesha County Public Health still recommends that unvaccinated close contacts complete a 14-day quarantine period. If employees do not have symptoms and they get tested, their quarantine period can end early:

  • Quarantine for 10 days beginning the day after last exposure to the COVID-19 positive employee, if the close contact does not get tested for COVID-19
  • OR Quarantine for 7 days beginning the day after last exposure to the COVID-19 positive employee, if they receive a negative test result taken on Day 6 or Day 7.

All businesses and employers should document any workplace exposure. Release of isolation letters from Waukesha County Public Health are no longer required for employees to return to work. 

Recommended: Waukesha County Public Health has provided a letter template (English & Spanish) for your use to notify close contacts of a work exposure.

Keep records of COVID-19 positive employee(s)' close contacts in the workplace. You will no longer provide that information to Waukesha County Public Health.

My Employee Was Exposed to COVID-19 Outside of Work

Employees who are exposed to COVID-19 outside of work should quarantine to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading in your business or organization. Please review the following situations to determine the appropriate guidance for your employee.

Employee is unvaccinated or partially vaccinated

It is best practice for the employee to quarantine for 14 days beginning the day after their last known exposure to COVID-19. If they test negative for COVID-19 and do not have any symptoms, they can end their quarantine period earlier than 14 days:

  • Quarantine for 10 days beginning the day after last exposure to the COVID-19 positive employee, if the close contact does not get tested for COVID-19
  • OR Quarantine for 7 days beginning the day after last exposure to the COVID-19 positive employee, if they receive a negative test result taken on Day 6 or Day 7.

Employee is fully vaccinated without symptoms

Employees that are fully vaccinated without any symptoms do not need to quarantine. An individual is fully vaccinated when two weeks have passed since receiving their second dose of a 2-dose vaccine (Moderna and Pfizer). An individual is also considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their single dose of a 1-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). After exposure, fully vaccinated employees should: 

  • Get tested 3-5 days after exposure;
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms for 14 days following their exposure; and
  • Wear a mask for 14 days after exposure or until they get a negative test result.

Employee is fully vaccinated with symptoms

The employee should get tested and then isolate at home.

  • If the test is negative, the employee can return to work. They should continue to monitor their symptoms for 14 days after their last known exposure and wear a mask indoors.
  • If the test is positive, the employee must stay home and complete their period of isolation, generally lasting for 10 days. Their period of isolation is over when:
    • 10 days have passed since their onset of symptoms, AND
    • The employee is fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication, AND
    • The individual’s symptoms have improved

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Information for Employees:

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and begin to have symptoms, stop going to work and get tested. Contact your healthcare provider if you are experiencing severe disease.

Getting Tested

There are many locations in Waukesha County that you can go get a COVID-19 test. View information on Waukesha County community partners: Summit Clinical Labs and Village Primary Care Providers.

Both PCR/molecular and antigen tests are used to diagnose COVID-19. PCR/molecular tests are more reliable if you are getting tested without having symptoms. Antigen tests are less accurate than PCR/molecular tests but tell you your results quickly.

Stay isolated at home while you are waiting for your test results!

If You Test Positive

Self-isolate at home. You should not leave your home unless you need medical assistance. Notify your employer and close contacts that you tested positive for COVID-19. Your period of isolation generally lasts for 10 days. You are released from isolation when:

  • 10 days have passed since your onset of symptoms, AND
  • You are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication, AND
  • Your symptoms have improved

A release of isolation letter from Waukesha County Public Health is no longer required to return to work. You must complete your isolation period even if you are fully vaccinated after testing positive. Try to stay in a specific room and away from others while you are sick. Wear a mask if you need to be around other people.

If You Test Negative After Exposure

If you are unvaccinated/partially vaccinated, the best practice is to quarantine for 14 days. When completing your quarantine period, you should stay home from work. If you do not have symptoms and get tested though, your quarantine period can end earlier:

  • Quarantine for 10 days from the date of last exposure to the COVID-19 positive employee/person (if the close contact does not get tested for COVID-19) OR
  • Quarantine for 7 days from the date of last exposure to the COVID-19 positive employee/person after receiving a negative test result taken on Day 6 or Day 7.

If you are fully vaccinated and not experiencing symptoms, you do not need to quarantine but should continue to wear a mask in indoor settings. You should also continue to monitor for signs and symptoms for 14 days after your last known exposure.

Do not forget to notify your employer if you need to quarantine. Waukesha County Public Health is no longer providing release from quarantine letters.

Get Vaccinated

The best thing you can do to protect yourself, your co-workers, your family and friends against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Vaccinations continue to remain the most effective way to protect yourself from illness, hospitalizations, and death due to COVID-19, even against the Delta variant. If you have not been vaccinated, you can find where to schedule a vaccine appointment near you by going to https://www.vaccines.gov. COVID-19 vaccines are free.

Resources for Employees

• Symptoms of COVID-19
• COVID-19 Testing in Waukesha County
COVID-19 FAQs

 

MORE RESOURCES

Waukesha County Public Health logo and link
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Logo and Link
Centers for Disease Control logo and link


For questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19:

• Text COVID19 to 211-211 
• Visit 211Wisconsin.org 
• Phone 211
Save time: Use text and online options (above). 

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