on Monday, April 6, 2020
As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, some practices are still seeing patients in person. Most offices that remain open have made adjustments to how they see patients, such as requiring them to meet specific criteria, adjusting hours and limiting the number of people allowed in the space. Even with extra precautions, however, there is still the risk that your staff or patients could contract the virus or bring it in from outside. Should this happen, it's essential that you're prepared to take action quickly and efficiently. These are steps you should consider taking should a staff member test positive for this virus (or, for that matter, any other contagion).
We are going to assume that your practice is taking all the required precautions recommended by the CDC and your local health departments. Under normal circumstances (usual contagions) you would institute your infectious disease protocol of evaluating employees prior to and throughout their employment.