Close Contact Did Not Occur

  • Update – No Close Contact

  • What you should do

  • What we are doing

Update – No Close Contact

Yesterday we reported an individual had possible exposure to someone who tested positive to COVID-19.

Today we are reporting there was no close contact. This is an important distinction per the CDC guidelines.

Close contact is being less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a long time or being coughed on by an infected person. Neither of these occurred.

Here is the CDC definition.

3Close contact is defined as—

a) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case

– or –

b) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on)

Details of the contact.

The individual was at the house week before the patient tested positive.

The individual was not closer than 10 feet, close enough to be seen waving, no direct contact.

The individual was in the same house for about an hour.

What you should do

Follow the guidelines we have been sharing. This event is a good reminder to follow the guidelines. Stay 6 feet apart. Don’t crowd someone else’s space. Wear your N95 mask when working within 6 feet of someone else.

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Cover your mouth and nose when in public
  • Keep 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Reduce your social circle

Review the CDC self-check tool to know the symptoms. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html

Your actions affect others. Refusal to follow the guidelines puts people at undue risk. Infection in just a few of the team members can shut down a whole department. Just one department closer would have a serious impact on the company.

What we are doing

The area was disinfected. The individual was sent home as a precaution. The individual will remain home until Thursday. On Thursday they will return to work on the 2nd shift as long as they remain symptom-free.

Please stay focused on distancing and avoiding close contact. If you need to work closely with someone, find another way or wear the mask you have.

Be well and Thank you.

 

 

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