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The health department works to identify potential outbreaks and clusters early and ensure that steps to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19 are taken as quickly as possible.

When an employer has multiple employees who have tested positive for COVID-19:

Report multiple positive cases in your business using this form. If you require additional support please email larimerhealthfollowup@larimer.org or call our Joint Information Center at 970-498-5500 (Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm).

General Guidance for Employers     

Here are some strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19 in your business or workplace. These recommendations can be used when a business has a single employee who does or may have COVID-19.   

  • Be on the lookout for illness. Identify and exclude sick employees before they enter the workplace. Screening protocols can be found here.

  • Observe appropriate isolation periods. Isolation- Exclude those who have tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 5 days after the start of symptoms or test collection date for those who did not develop symptoms (day 0). Employees should remain in isolation longer if symptoms are not resolving or a fever is still present. Employees should mask in the community and around others, including shared work places for 5 additional days after leaving isolation.

    • Employees who develop symptoms COVID-19 like symptoms should follow isolation protocols, especially after an exposure.

    • Someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19 does not need to be retested to leave isolation and return to work.

  • Notify Exposed Individuals. Individuals who were recently exposed to COVID-19 should take precautions for 10 days following their date of exposure (day 0). Consider sending exposure notifications to patrons and staff when there has been an exposure in your workplace or business.

    • This exposure notification template has been provided for your convenience: 
    • Exposure/Close contact is defined as being a household member, intimate partner, caregiver without appropriate PPE, or having any close contact (<6 feet) for 15 or more minutes over a 24 hour period to a person with confirmed COVID-19 starting 48 hours before their symptom onset (or date tested if asymptomatic) until they meet criteria for release from isolation.

  • Testing. It is recommended that all individuals be tested 5 days after a COVID-19 exposure or immediately following symptoms. Information on testing locations in Larimer County can be found on our website. Some businesses can enroll in a point of care testing program with CDPHE and receive free rapid antigen tests. Businesses must apply for or have a CLIA certification. Order supplies here.

    • If you or any employees have decided to use the At-Home tests that can be bought over the counter, positive test results can be reported via this link.

    • There are two main types of COVID-19 tests:

      • Viral tests (RT-PCR/nucleic acid or antigen detection) are the only way to confirm if someone currently has the virus that causes COVID-19. 

      • Antibody tests (also called serological tests) check someone's blood for COVID-19 antibodies, which may determine if someone had COVID-19 in the past. Antibody tests do not test for current COVID-19 infection and do not prove that someone is immune to COVID-19. Do not use antibody tests to prove immunity, clear employees to work, or make decisions about grouping people in congregate settings, such as schools, dormitories, or correctional facilities.

  • Vaccination. Vaccination is recommended for all individuals as the best way to protect the health of your employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read more about vaccine availability in our community.

    • Asking or requiring an employee to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not a violation of ADA requirements or HIPAA.

    • Larimer County businesses who would like to help coordinate vaccines for their employees can fill out this form.

  •  Additional Recommendations:
    • Routinely clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces to control the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Review CDPHE environmental cleaning guidance for COVID-19. from CDPHE.

    • Managing a building’s Heating Ventilation And Cooling system and other methods of increasing ventilation indoors can play a role as part of a plan to minimize COVID-19 transmission risk. Ventilation, HVAC systems and COVID-19 risks from CDPHE.

    • If you are experiencing an increase in COVID-like illness, consider supporting remote work options when possible along with limiting the number or size of in person meetings.

    • Identify where and how workers might be exposed to COVID-19 at work

    • Share information with employees on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Sector Specific Guidance

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides additional guidance by sector on their webpage here

FAQs

  1. Each time a form response is received, the submitter should automatically receive an email with important information. Be sure to check your spam folder.

    If your business is at higher risk for outbreaks and adverse outcomes due to COVID-19 (congregate living settings including residential care facilities, jails, other community corrections settings, settings serving highly mobile populations such as shelters and agricultural worker housing, childcare centers/early childhood education and overnight camps for children) someone on our team will be in touch shortly.

    If you are experiencing single cases or are not in a high risk setting, please follow the general recommendations above.

  2. It is still possible to develop a COVID-19 infection even if the individual has been fully vaccinated. Anyone who is experiencing COVID like symptoms or has tested positive needs to isolate regardless of their vaccination status.

  3. A public health investigation determines if an outbreak is occurring. There does not have to be extensive spread occurring to meet the definition of an outbreak. Read more about outbreak definitions and resolution here.

    For the latest data on local outbreaks, please visit our COVID-19 data dashboard.

  4. If you're interested in hosting an onsite vaccination clinic for your employees or for the general public at your business or facility, please send a request to the Larimer County Department of Health & Environment. There is no charge, and the Health Department coordinates staffing, logistics, and vaccine supplies. Requests can be submitted here and will be prioritized based on: 

    • The potential for the clinic to reach under-vaccinated populations in Larimer County
    • The business's willingness to partner with the Health Department to promote the clinic to staff and/or the community - creativity encouraged!
    • Vaccine availability (for example, the Pfizer vaccine is the only type of vaccine that 12-17 year olds can get) 
    • The Health Department's staffing capacity and clinic schedules

    The state is also offering an on-site Workplace Vaccination Program for employers, unions, and trade associations of any size.