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Getting Answers: What happens to a business when an employee tests positive for COVID-19

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TUCSON- Some viewers have asked about if businesses have to follow certain protocols if an employee tests positive for the coronavirus.

One viewer asked, "Are there any city mandates or mandatory protocols that businesses have to implement if an employee tests positive? For example, if an employee/employees at a restaurant test positive, does the restaurant have to do required protocols; i.e. shut down, disinfect, notify the public, isolate any exposed employees? Or can businesses do whatever they want?"

A spokesperson with Tucson Mayor Regina Romero's office said that Tucson has not issued a mandate or mandatory protocols for businesses to follow when it comes to an employee testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Pima County Health Department said that there is no county mandate requiring businesses to report positive employees.

"Our case investigations and contract tracing work are conducted as usual. Some larger employers also conduct their own, internal contact tracing," said Caitlin Jensen with the Pima County Health Department. "Businesses are advised that they can always reach out to us if they have questions or concerns."

The Pima County Health Department released this form that employers can give their employees who test positive.

The heath department also has a checklist that businesses can use as guidance for resuming business if an employee tests positive with the coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has a checklist that businesses can use to make sure the facility is safe.

The CDC reported that in most cases a business does not need to shut down if an employee tests positive.

If you have a question about the coronavirus, email GettingAnswers@KVOA.com and News 4 Tucson's Priscilla Casper will answer questions during the 6 p.m. newscast.

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.

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