COVID19

Entrance Screening Protocol

Access to the building will be granted once the employee or visitor has passed the following screening process:

  1. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  2.  Answer “no” to the following:

*If “yes” to any of the above, the employee or visitor may not enter the facility. Employees will be directed to immediately contact their supervisor.

Employee COVID-19 Protocol

To reduce transmission of COVID-19, sick employees are highly encouraged to stay home.

  • Employees who have symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, or shortness of breath) are asked to notify their supervisor, stay home, and follow the Imperial County Order of the Health Officer guidelines.
  • Employees placed on self-quarantine by a healthcare provider may not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home quarantine are met.
  • Employees who are well but have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 are asked to notify their supervisor and follow CDC guidelines.

Protocol 1: If an employee tests positive for COVID-19:

  • Management will determine whether or not the employee has had prolonged direct contact with other employees to determine potential exposure. A potential exposure means being a household contact or having close contact within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The timeframe for having contact with an individual includes the period of time of 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic.
  • If the employee has been at the facility within the prior 14 days the work area and affected areas for that employee will be temporarily closed for cleaning.
  • Any individual who is determined to be in close contact with an employee who tested positive for COVID-19 will be sent home and be requested to seek a diagnosis. Close contact being. 
  1. Was within 6 ft of a COVID Positive person for more than 10 minutes.
  2. Had unprotected contact with the body fluids and/or secretions (e.g. coughed on or sneezed on or drinking out of the same container.)
    • If the employee agrees to seek a diagnosis and tests negative, they may immediately return to work.
    • If the employee declines to seek a diagnosis and is asymptomatic, they may continue to work on-site, but must follow Imperial County Order of the Health Officer guidelines and self-monitor for symptoms.

Protocol 2: If an employee displays symptoms of COVID-19:

– If the employee tests negative, the employee may return to work once they are asymptomatic and free of fever (100F or less) for at least 72 hours.      

– If the employee tests positive, follow Protocol 1.

Protocol 3: If an employee is exposed to a family or household member or co-worker who has tested positive, but the employee tests negative and/or displays no symptoms:

Efforts to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission

  • All employees and visitors must pass the entrance screening protocol.
  • All employees and visitors are required to wear a face mask and maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing.
  • All areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared equipment are cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available for employees and visitors to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Soap and water are available for hand-washing in each facility restroom.
  • Employees are discouraged from using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. If necessary, they are encouraged to clean and disinfect them before and after use.