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Guidelines for Sick Employees

Guidelines for Sick Employees - Departments & Programs, UW Health, Employee Health Services

Focus

Please contact Employee Health Services with questions at (608) 263-7535.

Complaint/Symptoms

Relieve From Duty

Comments

Conjunctivitis/pink eye 

Yes 

Call EHS; employee will be restricted until resolution of infection

Cough – recent onset and significant 

Yes 

Call EHS; employee will be restricted from work with significant coughing (e.g., coughing fits) 

Diarrhea – acute onset, unknown etiology 

Yes 

Call EHS 

Fever - equal to or greater than 100.6F/38C 

Yes 

Call EHS; employee will be allowed to return to work when without fever for more than 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication

Herpes simplex – oral or facial lesions (cold sore) 

No 

Employee may be restricted from caring for patients with open skin lesions (burns, scalded skin syndrome, open vesicles, etc.); call EHS

Open/draining lesions – any location, including herpetic whitlow/herpes simplex on finger

Yes 

Call EHS; employee will be restricted until lesions have resolved (dry, crusted, scabbed)

Pharyngitis (acute sore throat) 

Yes 

Call EHS; employee with positive/group A strep will be restricted from duty for 24 hours after adequate treatment started

Rash – chickenpox/shingles in any location, rash of unknown etiology

Yes 

Call EHS; restriction from duty dependent upon EHS evaluation

Upper respiratory infections/symptoms excluding

symptoms secondary to allergies 

No, unless fever is greater than 100.6F/38C

Employee may return to work if fever has resolved  (without taking fever reducing medications for 24 hours)

Important reminders

Resources

Personnel

CDC guidelines (pdf)