COVID Disclosure from an Employee
What Should I Do?

May 19, 2020 by MEGAN, SPHR, JD

What should I do if my employee discloses that their family member or roommate has COVID-19?


Employees who have come within six feet of someone who is infected should self-quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During this time, they should take their temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, the known symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain, chills, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath.

Because COVID-19 is widespread in so many communities, the CDC recommends that everyone practice social distancing, be alert for COVID-19 symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Remember to maintain the confidentiality of all employees’ medical information, which includes symptoms as well as the lack of symptoms.  


Megan graduated from the University of Maryland, magna cum laude, and from Lewis and Clark Law School, cum laude. She has extensive work experience in a variety of industries, which she draws on to help clients with their HR questions.