A negative COVID-19 test is not currently a definitive indication of non-infection.
Worker with symptoms must remain at home until:
- at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND,
- at least 24 hours have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND,
- other symptoms have improved.
Worker without COVID-19 symptoms may return to work following protocols consistent with company policy sick leave and TEA guidance allows for employees to return to work before conclusion of the stay-at-home period (i.e. before they meet the above criteria) if: (1) they receive clearance from a medical professional due to an alternate diagnosis or (2) obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location that comes back negative for COVID-19 and confirms another diagnosis.