For questions related to COVID-19 care, visit our COVID-19 patient FAQ.

I’ve been exposed to COVID-19. Should I go to work?

No. Notify your employer. Employees who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days. Call your primary care provider if you experience symptoms.

When can an employee who had a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 return to work?

Employees who have tested positive should not return to work until they experience no fever, improvements in their cough and shortness of breath, and two negative test results taken at least 24 hours apart.

Those who were never tested should have at least three full days since recovery (no fever without use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in cough and shortness of breath) and at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms.

How can I screen my employees?

The easiest way is to monitor for fever. Employees should take their temperature with a thermometer prior to coming to work, or you can monitor, ideally using a touchless thermometer. Don’t allow employees to come to work unless they can confirm that they have no fever, no symptoms and no known exposure to COVID-19.

If you want to screen through COVID-19 testing, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center experts can work with you to develop a testing strategy to help you avoid a COVID-19 outbreak. To arrange a consultation, contact Executive Director of Civic and Community Engagement Beth NeCamp at Beth.NeCamp@osumc.edu.

Where can I find individual testing?

Ohio State offers testing at East Hospital, Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute or Columbus Public Health. To be tested, you must call ahead: 614-293-4000.

What supplies should employers provide for protection?

  • Tissues
  • No-touch trash cans
  • Hand soap
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer at main points of entry/exit or when hand soap and water is not available
  • Disposable towels
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Disinfecting wipes, cleaners or sprays

Must masks be worn at work?

Masks should be required if employees cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from other employees and/or customers.

What should I use to clean surfaces at work?

Clean surfaces using soap and water to reduce germs, then use an EPA-registered household disinfectant. Be sure to follow the directions on the label. Wear disposable gloves.

What is social distancing and how can my workplace do that?

Social distancing in the case of COVID-19 means keeping at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others. Follow these directions to create adequate space in your workplace.

Download Our Return to Work Guides

We’ve created these downloadable PDF versions of our guides for employees and employers to serve as a reference you can distribute within your organization as you plan your return to work.

Download the Co-Branded Employee Guide: If you would like to customize our employee guide for your organization, we’ve created a PowerPoint template where you can add your organization’s logo and include a custom introduction letter. To ensure the links within this document work, please save and send as a PDF.

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