Updates in the Law
Yesterday, the CDC issued new guidance changing the definition of who is in “close contact” with a person infected with COVID-19. The CDC had previously defined a “close contact” as someone who spent at least 15 consecutive minutes within six feet of a confirmed coronavirus case. The updated guidance, which health departments rely on to conduct contact tracing, now defines a close contact as someone who was within six feet of an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Thus, multiple brief encounters within six feet of an infected employee that cumulatively exceed 15 minutes over a 24 hour period are now considered to be a “close contact” by the CDC. Please note this critical change as it greatly expands the pool of people potentially at risk for contracting the virus.
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