Contact Tracing is a well-defined cornerstone practice in the elimination of infectious disease. As defined by the CDC, for COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.
If you have been identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, the public health department will notify you to self-isolate for 14 days after the close contact has completed their period of self isolation (i.e., 28 days in total). For this reason, employees may want to consider getting tested in these circumstances to shorten the isolation period. During the time that employees are unable to work, there are COVID leaves available.