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Covid-19 Update: The CDC redefines the term “Close Contact.”

Just today, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) revised the definition of “close contact” when conducting contract tracing in the workplace.  Now, the CDC defines “close contact” as “within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset.”

This is a major shift, from the CDC’s previous definition that considered close contact as a one-time exposure of at least 15 minutes. The CDC’s revised definition of close contact will have implications on contact tracing those potentially infected by an employee who has tested positive in the workplace and may lead to many more employees being required to quarantine due to potential exposure. In light of this change, now is the time to review your current Covid-19 protocols and policies to ensure compliance with the CDC updates, as well as reflect any updated local requirements and the many new Covid-19 requirements set to take effect January 1, 2021.

To learn more about the CDC’s Covid-19 guidelines and new Covid-19 requirements, or how to operate your business in this pandemic, contact the Employer Lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.


The material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute, legal advice or promise similar outcomes.  For information on your particular circumstances, please contact Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500. (photo credit: 123rf.com)


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