Information for State Employees in Preparation for COVID-19
When dealing with highly contagious diseases like influenza, employees need to stay home and not infect co-workers, clients, or the general public. In the case of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently advises that common symptoms include flu-like symptoms (fever (100.4° F or higher), cough or sore throat, headache or body aches, and in some cases diarrhea and vomiting) or symptoms of respiratory illness (fever (100.4° F or higher), cough, and shortness of breath). In order to slow or stop the spread of these illnesses, it is critical to follow these instructions.
Preventive Actions You Can Take
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for
health workers and people who are taking care of patients with confirmed or suspected DOVID-19 (at home or in a health care setting).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see
CDC's Handwashing website.
For information specific to healthcare providers, see
CDC's Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
Staying Home if You Have Symptoms of COVID-19
Employees with the following symptoms should stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever(>100.4°F), signs of a fever, AND respiratory symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath) for at least three days (72 hours) without the use of fever-reducing medicine AND seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared:
Flu-like symptoms [fever of 100.4° F or higher (with an oral thermometer)]
Cough or sore throat
Headache or body aches
Diarrhea and vomiting
Symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever of 100.4° F or higher using an oral thermometer), coughing, shortness of breath
This is critical to prevent passing the virus to others since people remain contagious even after they are feeling better.
Mental Health & Well-Being Resources
The Division of Personnel Management has teamed up with the Department of Health Services and Employee Trust funds to compile a list of mental health and well-being resources to help you and your family stay well and connected during this unprecedented time. See the
COVID-19 Resources page for more information.