Sick Employee: Recommendations if an employee becomes ill

While we’re taking all the precautions we can to stay healthy, sometimes it’s not enough. In these uncertain times, illness is all the more frightening. The FVMA has received questions regarding what veterinary practices should do in the event an employee becomes sick. To address these issues, we’ve compiled the following recommendations.

Recommendations if a sick employee tests negative for COVID-19:

• If a sick employee tests negative for COVID-19 but has respiratory illness, we recommend they follow CDC recommendations for COVID-19.

Recommendations if an employee at a veterinary clinic tests positive for COVID-19:

• No one should work while ill.

• The county health department will receive the results from the testing laboratory or the patient’s health care provider and will then follow up with the positive patient.
• The patient will either be be hospitalized or isolated at home, if not ill enough to be hospitalized.

To be released from isolation, all three of the following are needed:

• no fever for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medication

• other symptoms have improved

• at least seven days have passed since symptoms first started

The CDC’s recommendations to assess contacts for exposure risk can be found here.

To print for your practice: DOWNLOADABLE COVID-19 Signs for Vet Clinics

We encourage members to exercise prudent judgement in establishing protocols to ensure the safety of themselves, their teams, clients and patients. Thank you for all you and your teams are doing in these trying times to meet the needs of your clients and patients.