Employer Toolkit - Contact Tracing & Return to Work

Toolkit for Employers with COVID-19 Positive Cases or Exposures

For employers and employees, knowing when it’s safe to return to work after having COVID-19 can be difficult. Cowlitz County Health  & Human Services has developed guidance to help employers and employees (non-healthcare workers) make informed decisions about testing, quarantine or isolation and when it’s appropriate to return to work.

This guidance includes three COVID-19 workplace scenarios for the following situations:

  • An employee has tested positive.
  • An employee suspects they may have COVID-19 or were exposed.
  • An employee has been exposed to an immediate household member with COVID-19.

This document also provides information about return to work practices and work restrictions and provides an overview of a time-based strategy for determining when an employee can return to work. Cowlitz County Health  & Human Services  does not recommend a test-based strategy (requiring two negative tests at least 24 hours apart) for returning to work after COVID-19 infection.

View the COVID-19 Employer Toolkit which includes return to work guidance, communication templates, contact tracing and other useful information.  The toolkit will be updated frequently as CDC and WA DOH guidance is revised.  We recommend you bookmark this page for reference and to have the most current information.

We welcome your feedback related to the toolkit.  Please email your suggestions to askcowlitzhealth@co.cowlitz.wa.us