KENT COUNTY BACK TO WORK

Health Check Program
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About the Program

We shifted our health screening efforts of monitoring COVID-19 employer hotspots from the Kent County Back to Work Qualtrics survey program to the MI Symptoms application offered by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. This new tool:

  • Provides free online screening for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Allows employers to securely view employees’ screening results.
  • Fulfills Michigan’s mandatory employer entry screening requirement.
  • Help employers maintain a healthy work environment.

HOW IT WORKS

All Michigan employers are invited to participate in the MI Symptoms health check. To participate, an
employer must:

  • Register to Partipate
  • Invite employees to partipate in the MI Symptoms health check program.
  • Conduct daily health screenings of every employee on every shift.
  • Confidentially track employee health data daily.

Click here for additional information about the MI Symptoms program.

HEALTH CHECK SCREENING PROCESS

The MI Symptoms health check screening process is simple and, with the right planning and equipment, can be implemented seamlessly. As with any new workplace protocol, good employee communication is key to your success. Please see the Communicating With Your Team section for more information.

Best Practices for Health Screenings:

  • On-site employee health check screeners should wear masks.
  • Set up the screening area to promote social distancing, with screening tables placed 6 feet apart
    and 6-foot distance markers in place for employees waiting to be screened.
  • If available, use non-contact or disposable thermometers for daily temperature checks.
  • Have signage in place to ensure vendors and guests do not enter the workplace without taking the daily health check assessment.
  • Employers should send symptomatic employees or vendors home.

Return to Work Conditions

A worker who fails the health screen should be sent home from work until the applicable condition below is met.

Failed Temperature & Symptom Screen10 days from the first onset of the patient’s symptoms and without the use of fever-reducing or symptom reducing medications
Failed Contact Screen10 days since close contact with diagnosed COVID-19 case and free of symptoms
  • If the worker failed multiple screens, the longest duration should be applied.

Helpful Resources

Employers are encouraged to take advantage of the following resources for recommendations and mandatory safety and health standards.

To Report a Case of COVID-19 in an Employee Click Here.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Business Owners

As a business owner, am I required to send home all of my employees if one employee tests positive for COVID-19?

No. Only those individuals who meet the criteria for being a close contact would be recommended for a 14-day quarantine. Employers can limit the number of employees who would meet these criteria in the event that an employee tests positive by developing comprehensive workplace policies and procedures to minimize prolonged close contact* among employees.

*Close contact is defined as any physical contact or prolonged close contact (being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 during their infectious period.

Am I required to notify the Kent County Health Department if an employee tests positive for COVID- 19?

When an employee is identified with a confirmed case of COVID-19, employers must notify the local public health department within 24 hours. Click here to report a positive COVID-19 test result for a person who works, lives, or attends events at the facility.

Once KCHD is notified of a positive case of COVID-19, KCHD staff will contact the patient to identify individuals with whom the patient has been in contact during the time they were infectious (which includes the 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or date of a positive test if symptoms are not present) to determine who is a close contact*. After an individual is identified as a close contact, the Health Department will call them to notify them of their contact to a confirmed case of COVID-19 and provide instructions for the recommended 14-day quarantine period.

If a patient is identified as having worked during their infectious period, KCHD will ask the patient to provide contact information for their supervisor/manager so KCHD staff can work together with this individual to identify co-workers who meet the criteria for being a close contact.

*Close contact is defined as any physical contact or prolonged close contact (being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 during their infectious period.

Am I legally required to notify my entire workforce if an employee tests positive for COVID-19?

When an employee is identified with a confirmed case of COVID-19, employers must notify any co-workers, contractors, or suppliers who may have come into contact with the person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 24 hours. Each business should consult with their legal counsel or human resources on whether to disclose to other employees that a co-worker (or a visitor to the office) has tested positive for COVID-19, without disclosing the identity of the affected employee.