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What should I do if I think my co-worker has COVID-19?

Last Updated: 08/10/2020

NOTE: It's important to prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace. Employees should not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed coronavirus infection.

Under Executive Order 107, if your job can be performed from home, you should be performing it at home. Your employer must permit you to do so. If you believe your employer is violating Executive Order 107, please visit https://covid19.nj.gov/violation.

If you are an essential employee or your duties cannot be performed remotely, your employer must follow specific guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Governor Murphy has ordered retail businesses and industries to take additional steps to protect workers and customers.

All retail, recreational, entertainment, manufacturing, warehousing, and construction businesses must adopt the following policies:

  • Immediately separate and send home workers who appear to have COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Promptly notify workers of any known exposure to COVID-19, subject to confidentiality requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Clean and disinfect the worksite in accordance with CDC guidelines when a worker has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Require employees wear face coverings while on the premises except where doing so would inhibit the individual's health.
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to staff.
  • Continue to follow all guidelines and directives issued by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the CDC, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) for maintaining a clean, safe and healthy work environment.

In addition, if you have symptoms consistent with COVID19 (such as fever or a cough), have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are undergoing a quarantine for potential exposure to COVID-19, do not report to work.

The Governor's Executive Order outlines additional policies that businesses must adopt. For more on these mandatory policies, refer to this article.

If you believe your employer is violating any of these orders, use the State's online violation reporting tool to report them.

For more guidance on how businesses can prepare their work places for COVID-19, refer to the CDC's guidelines.

Source: Executive Order No. 107; Executive Order No. 122; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html; Executive Order No. 157