Exposure Guidelines

COVID-19 guidance for caregivers.

What if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19?

Caregivers should call Ask HR 24/7 at 801-442-7547 or e-mail askhr@imail.org.

Physician and APPs should call Ask HR or their dedicated hotline, available 24/7, at 801-442-6765.

Can I get tested immediately so I know if I am COVID-19 positive?

Ask HR will connect you with an Employee Health COVID-19 nurse to answer your questions and evaluate you for testing. While caregiver tests are prioritized, Employee Health will not immediately test if you don't have symptoms because the test may not be accurate. The test only provides accurate results for those with known disease symptoms. A negative test may not be reassuring because, in a few days, the virus may replicate, and you may develop COVID-19.

If I can't get tested, what should I do?

Monitor your symptoms. Most common symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, and very rarely, gastroenteritis symptoms. Take your temperature twice daily. If any concerning changes are noted, then contact Ask HR for Employee Health testing. If you need further care, Employee Health can call ahead to urgent care to ensure you get the care you need.

I have been tested for COVID-19. When can I return to work? Is it safe? 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new return-to-work criteria for healthcare workers. Supported by Intermountain’s Infectious Disease team, the following guidelines are effective immediately for caregivers:

If you are a symptomatic caregiver with suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19:

Based on a symptom-based strategy, you cannot return to work until:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery: this means no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

If you are a caregiver with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case who has not had any symptoms:

Based on a time-based strategy, you cannot return to work until:

  • 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming you have not subsequently developed symptoms since the first test.
  • If you develop symptoms, then a symptom-based strategy will be used to assess your return to work.

Return-to-work practices and work restrictions

After returning to work, a caregiver will be required to:

  • Wear a facemask at all times while in the healthcare facility until all symptoms are completely resolved or at baseline.
    • A procedure facemask should be used instead of a cloth face covering for source control.
    • A facemask for source control does not replace the need to wear an N95 or higher-level respirator (or other recommended PPE) when indicated, including when caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Seek re-evaluation from Employee Health by calling Ask HR if respiratory symptoms recur or worsen.

If I have tested positive for COVID-19, how can I be assured it's safe to interact with patients and staff? 

If you have had contact with patients or staff before testing positive, our infection preventionists and Employee Health nurses will support evaluations for anyone you may have contacted without PPE. After you have been home-isolated for a minimum of seven days and are asymptomatic, upon returning to work, you will be asked to wear a procedure mask. These protocols are designed to keep your droplets away from others and are a barrier in preventing the spread of COVID-19.