Coronavirus - COVID-19

​​​​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 healt​h 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 t​o 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.


​​Note: Guidance contained in this document is based on CDC guidance as of 04/05/2020.​​​