FREMONT – Three Rivers Public Health Department has received an increasing number of questions since the outbreak of coronavirus. The main concern being employees that have traveled to China since Jan. 24 and to the other countries that have been affected by COVID-19.
The guidelines provided are consistent with recommendations put forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
For travelling employees returning from China, home quarantine is recommended for 14 days, regardless of duties or locations visited within China, and must register with Three Rivers Public Health Department for guidance. If the travelling employee from China does not develop symptoms during the 14-day quarantine, he or she should be safe to return to work.
For travelling employees returning from South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand, they should register online at the following link: https://cip-dhhs.ne.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=JKHEPR4DPR.
- If those returning are showing no symptoms, they may return to work immediately and resume normal activity, unless they had direct contact with someone who had COVID-19 or worked abroad in a healthcare facility.
- If those employees develop symptoms after returning to work (e.g. fever or respiratory symptoms), he or she should follow your protocol to promptly remove themselves from the workplace, stay home, inform the employer or supervisor immediately and inform Three Rivers Public Health Department by calling 402-727-5396
- For those returning who had a higher risk while abroad – including contact with a known case of COVID-19 or worked abroad in a healthcare facility, should institute the 14-day home quarantine and contact Three Rivers Public Health Department.
- Before any recently symptomatic or ill employee returns to work, he or she should receive a medical evaluation and present a clearance note from a qualified healthcare provider.
At this time, any employees that have visited other countries outside of those listed, it is not the recommendation to exclude those employees from returning to work upon their return. Likewise, employees that traveled domestically should not be excluded from work or work-related assignments.
Three Rivers Public Health Department and other public health partners in Nebraska are working closely with state and federal agencies to protect the community.
This guidance may change without notice as the outbreak unfolds. If you have any questions, contact Three Rivers Public Health at 402-727-5396 (or 402-727-5396 #4 after business hours.