CDC Issues Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers

Firefighter brigade at work. Shallow depth of field.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Interim Guidance pertaining to critical infrastructure workers who may have had exposure to suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Specifically, a potential exposure means being in a close contact (within 6 feet) with a person exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, to include a 48-hour time period before that individual becomes symptomatic. According to CDC, critical infrastructure workers “may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.”

This guidance applies to personnel in the following sectors:

  • Federal, state, & local law enforcement;
  • 911 call center employees;
  • Fusion Center employees;
  • Hazardous material responders from government and the private sector;
  • Janitorial staff and other custodial staff; and
  • Workers, including contracted vendors, in food and agriculture, critical manufacturing, informational technology, transportation, energy and government facilities.

In order to maintain protection of workers and their communities, the following practices must be maintained:

  • Employers should pre-screen employee’s symptoms prior to work;
  • Employees should regularly self-monitor for potential symptoms;
  • Employees should wear face masks at all times;
  • Employees must maintain social distancing practices;
  • Routinely clean and disinfect workspaces.

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