Provide instructions to the worker who is positive for COVID-19. The worker should be sent home immediately and instructed to isolate. For employees who are positive for COVID-19, the minimum criteria to return to work is dependent on the employee’s symptoms:
- SYMPTOMATIC: At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and at least 1 day (24 hours) have passed since recovery, defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).
- ASYMPTOMATIC: A minimum of 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 test. If they develop symptoms, then the criteria for laboratory confirmed cases with symptoms apply.
For more information, see the Isolation and Quarantine Guide for Patients:
Refer to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Workplace Guidance for detailed guidance for the Return to Work criteria.
Clean/Disinfect workplace where employees with COVID-19 have been at work
Refer to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Workplace Guidance for guidance.
Notify Santa Cruz County Public Health (and Environmental Health, if needed)
You must report COVID-19 outbreaks to the local health department. For non-healthcare workplaces, this is defined as 3 or more COVID-19 cases among workers at the same worksite within a 14-day period.
Once this threshold is met, you have 48 hours to report to the local health department in the jurisdiction where the worksite is located.
You also must continue to notify the local health department of additional COVID-19 cases identified among workers at the worksite.
Send an email to Public Health at HSACD@santacruzcounty.us (also copy Environmental Health at ENV.HLTH@santacruzcounty.us if your business falls under one of the following categories: food service, public pools, body art, organized camps).
Include the following information in your email:
- Business name
- Number of employees at your business
- Primary point-of-contact at the business
- COVID-19 positive employee’s name, date of birth, contact information and date of symptom onset
- Summary of precautions taken (such as sending employee home)
This information will be monitored by Public Health to determine if there is an outbreak and if further guidance is needed. If there is no outbreak, Public Health may not provide additional guidance beyond what is included in this toolkit.
If you have questions, please contact the Santa Cruz County Public Health Call Center at (831) 454-4242.