Rapid COVID-19 tests are a great way to identify individuals who are asymptomatic or displaying COVID-related symptoms. Since the common flu shares a few symptoms with a typical COVID-19 case, testing your staff can limit either virus from spreading around your staff. This means you can have a more productive staff that feels healthy and can worry less about their infection risk at work. COVID-19 tests such as the rapid and standard PCR tests may be required for foreign travel as well. So if your return to work plans include resuming foreign travel, be sure to schedule an appointment for your employees.
What if someone on your staff is vaccinated but comes into contact with an employee who tests positive for COVID? According to the medical expert at our April 15 webinar, Dr. Chris Cherubino, a two-week quarantine is not necessary any longer for the employee who was exposed.
Dr. Cherubino said: “In the scenario where you have a worker who has been vaccinated and they come into close contact with someone who has COVID, the worker does not need to self-isolate unless the person develops symptoms. This is for a person who is fully vaccinated.”
Ultimately the long-term goal is to have 100% of your staff vaccinated. As states continue to expand the list of eligible people, scheduling a bulk vaccination appointment can help protect against severe COVID-19 cases.
At ARCpoint Labs, we work with the necessary health organizations to make sure we can continue to help our communities. I am always happy to answer questions from Retail Alliance members. Please email me at RPatel@arcpointlabs.com.
~ Rudy Patel, President, ARCpoint Labs of Virginia Beach, VA