What to do if you or your family test positive for COVID-19
COVID-19 is more likely to spread when more people are out in the community. It is very important to use caution and protect yourself and others when you are in public and at work.
Hygiene practices you should follow
Good hygiene practices are some of the best ways to fight any illness. This includes COVID-19. You should follow normal hygiene practices when you are at work and at home.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water. If you do not have soap and water, use hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Do not use your hands.
- Do not shake hands or touch other people. Use other ways to greet people without touching.
- Try not to touch surfaces many people touch.
Wash your hands:
- After you cough or sneeze.
- After you use the restroom.
- Before you eat or make food.
- After you touch animals or pets.
- Before and after you care for another person who needs help, such as a child.
- Before and after your work shifts.
- Before and after you take breaks at work.
- After you put on, touch, or take off a cloth face covering.
- Children younger than 6 years old should not use hand sanitizer without adult supervision.
- Always store hand sanitizer out of reach of children and pets.
- Keep hand sanitizers away from fire or flame.
When do you need to practice physical distancing (also called social distancing)?
- COVID-19 is most easily spread by close contact between people.
- You should try to practice physical distancing as much as you can. This means you should stay at least 6 feet or 2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) away from other people when you are in public or at work if possible.
When should you wear a face covering?
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are sick.
- It is important for everyone to wear a cloth face covering when they can’t practice physical distancing. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help stop respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.
- When you wear a face covering, your risk of getting sick with COVID-19 is decreased. Wearing a face covering also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- You should wear a cloth face covering if you are in close contact with someone who is at higher-risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- Do not use cloth face coverings on children younger than age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without help.
- All students, employees, and visitors in the K-12 public education sector must wear a face covering when they are in school or on school property (including buses), except as outlined in the public health order or the “exceptions to face coverings in K-12 education sector” section below. The face covering mandate also applies to anyone entering a school or on school property. For more information about the public health order requiring face coverings in K-12 schools visit https://governor.utah.gov/2020/07/20/governor-issues-executive-order-adopting-updated-phasedguidelines-and-the-state-health-department-issues-public-health-order-mandating-masks-in-all-k-12-schools/
COVID-19 Business Manual
The COVID-19 Business Manual is a step-by-step plan from the Utah Department of Health to protect your business and prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important to look at how your business operates and make a plan to make your worksite healthier. You can use this guidance throughout the pandemic, no matter what color of the Utah Color-Coded Health Guidance your community is in. The manual has up-to-date recommendations from the UDOH, CDC, OHSA, and U.S. Department of Labor.
Some of the information you will find in the manual:
- Keeping your business open and what you should do if an employee is exposed to or tests positive for COVID-19
- Answers to questions business owners have about requirements for quarantine and isolation, sick leave, and tax credits
- Cleaning after a positive case of COVID-19
- Testing employees for COVID-19
- How to protect your worksite, operations, and employees
- Essential and critical infrastructure sector employees
Need PPE for Your Business?
If you’re a Utah organization in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) for your workforce or on-site visitors, we encourage you to reach out to other Utah companies that can provide those products. The state maintains a spreadsheet that lists Utah PPE vendors for products like masks, sanitizer and disinfectant.
Keep higher-risk individuals safe.
Higher-risk individuals operate under stricter instructions because they are more likely to suffer severe illness from COVID-19. Make and send care packages to loved ones. Stay connected with daily calls, video chats, and emails. Help high-risk individuals by going to the grocery store for them or helping them get groceries delivered to their home. Do not bring children or anyone who is sick close to people that have underlying medical conditions, regardless of age.