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COVID-19 Worksite Testing

Getting a COVID-19 test for your employees can be a very important part of your overall containment strategy. This particular disease is not something that is going away and can have a very long incubation period, so it is important that you make sure you are doing everything you can to prevent it. In addition to this, regular testing will give you better assurance that you are detecting all the infected workers.

Getting an antigen test is a good way to determine if an employee has COVID-19. It is recommended that symptomatic workers get an antigen test at least once in the past 90 days. If an employee tests negative, they should wear a highly protective mask for 10 days. However, if a person is not ill with the disease, then they should wait until they are not contagious to get tested.

Getting a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test is a more accurate test. In general, a PCR test is more accurate than an antibody test, because it has a much smaller number of false positives. If an employee has COVID-19 and has a positive antibody test, then the employee should be isolated until they are no longer contagious.

It is also important to determine how the testing program will fit into your company’s overall medical surveillance program. You may need to hire outside experts to manage these activities. Or, you may have to bring the testing equipment to your job site.

Depending on your situation, your testing program will include several different types of tests. You will need to determine whether you need to get an antibody test, an antigen test, or a molecular test. Depending on your situation, this can be a very expensive proposition. In addition, you will need to set up a testing program that you can continue to use in the future.

One of the most important aspects of a COVID-19 worksite testing program is ensuring that all employees are aware of the testing process. In addition, you should have policies in place that ensure confidentiality of information collected by your testing company. You should also keep records of all COVID-19 cases.

The CDC recommends conducting contact tracing, or gathering information from the people who interact with the infected employee. This is relatively simple and effective, but it is not always easy. This is because many courts will look to see if an issue was caused by employment.

The CDC also recommends that an employer conduct a risk assessment to determine if an outbreak will occur at their workplace. This involves assessing the location of cases, the number of employees involved, and the potential for close contact. When you identify an outbreak, you will be assigned a public health case manager who will help you formulate a response to the situation. This includes infection control recommendations, workplace exclusion guidance, and technical support.

Finally, if your business is located in a rural area, then it is possible that you are not able to offer an in-house test. If you do not, you will need to send your employees to a health facility where they can be tested. This can be costly, and will expose your company to an additional risk.

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