Condado de Baker COVID-19 Respuesta y Recursos

What happens when an employee tests positive or is exposed to COVID-19?

Q: If an employee lets their employer know they’ve been contacted by the Health Department because they have been exposed to COVID-19, what does that mean for the employer?

A: If someone is contacted by the Health Department because they’ve been exposed to COVID-19, the Health Department will direct them to quarantine for a certain number of days. The number of days varies based on the date the exposure happened and the date the positive case is identified. The Health Department will provide the individual who has been exposed a letter, on Baker County Health Department letterhead, that they can share with their employer explaining the quarantine period. Call the Health Department at 541-523-8211 if you have questions about the letter, keeping in mind the Health Department is not able to release any personal health information.

Under no circumstances should an employee be allowed to return to work until their quarantine period has ended AND they are symptom-free at the end of that period.

The employer should ensure shared surfaces and areas are sanitized before other employees and/or customers return- ideally as part of a normal sanitizing program already in place.

Q: If someone close to an employee is identified as a ‘close contact’, does the employee need to quarantine too?

A: No. Someone who has been identified as a close contact will need to quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms, but may not develop COVID-19. If a household member or other close contact of an employee is quarantining for 14 days, the employee should monitor themselves for symptoms, but they do not need to quarantine too.

Q: After the quarantine period has ended, should an employee be tested before they return to work?

A: That depends on the employers’ personnel policy. If the employer does require a test, the test requires a doctor’s order, and the employer will have to be responsible for payment.

Q: If a business has an employee with a positive case, does the business need to close?

A: No. Distancing and sanitation protocols should already be in place to reduce the risk of spreading the virus among employees. Employees should continually monitor themselves for symptoms whether there is a positive case among employees or not. Policies that don’t penalize employees for staying home when they are sick are highly encouraged.

Q: An employee who is quarantined can come back to work in 14 days if they don’t develop symptoms, correct?

A: Not necessarily. If someone is a close contact of a positive case, the quarantine period is 14 days from their last exposure. If a close contact of the employee, such as a household member, continues to show symptoms of being ill, then the employee is potentially still being exposed through the duration of the household member’s illness if the employee can’t isolate from them. So their 14 day quarantine period will end after the last exposure, which in the case of household members, may be 14 days after the person with the positive case is considered recovered.

Q: How can an employer deal with the potential for extended leave?

A: These circumstances are hard to grapple with. Employers are encouraged to think through whether updates to their personnel policies, including sick leave, may be helpful during this time. Consultation with business associations or a labor attorney may provide helpful resources.

Q: What should an employer do if their employee becomes sick while at work?

A: Employees who appear to have symptoms upon arriving at work, or who develop symptoms during their shift, should immediately be separated from other employees and customers. The employee should be sent home. Ensure that you have a procedure in place for transporting a sick employee. The employee may need to be taken home or to a medical facility.

What happens when someone you know tests positive for COVID-19?

Q: If I’m identified as a ‘close contact’ of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, should I immediately get tested?

A: No, testing is not recommended unless you have symptoms.  The virus can take anywhere from 2-14 days to incubate (to grow) in your body. If you test too soon the test may return a negative result, but the virus is still growing in your body and is not in large enough quantity yet to show up on a test.

Q: How is ‘close contact’ defined?

A: A ‘close contact’ is anyone who has been within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of someone who tests positive. The Health Department determines who is a close contact by interviewing the individual who tests positive. Contact tracing to identify close contacts goes back 2 days before the onset of symptoms.

Q: If someone close to me is identified as a ‘close contact’, do I need to quarantine for 14 days too?

A: No. Someone who has been identified as a close contact will need to quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms, but may not develop COVID-19. If a household member or other close contact of yours is quarantining for 14 days, you should monitor yourself for symptoms, but you do not need to quarantine yourself.

Q:  What does it mean to quarantine?

A: When someone is asked to quarantine, that means they are asked to have no interaction with people outside of their house and carefully limit interactions with others inside their household. During the quarantine period, someone who is asked to quarantine is instructed not to go to the grocery store, hair salon or other public places, and not to have people over to their house.  You can go for walks, go for a drive in your car, or hike by yourself, but not with others.

Q: How does the Health Department notify someone who is a ‘close contact’? How do they get my contact information?

A: The Health Department notifies close contacts through a phone call. Contact information is obtained through interviews with a confirmed case.  Be assured that all the information provided by a confirmed case or close contact is kept private and is protected by law.

Q: If I have COVID-19, who is that going to be reported to? Why won’t the Health Department tell me who it is I’ve been exposed to?

A: Personal health information is strictly protected by federal and state laws, and the local Health Department legally can’t and won’t disclose any personally identifiable information about the person who has tested positive or their contacts. Positive cases are reported through the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and OHA lists the number of positive cases in the county by zip code. If five or more positive cases are in a workplace setting that has 50 or more employees, OHA will list that workplace as having an outbreak as long as that information will not identify an individual or a report source.

Q:  What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

A: Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? The Autoridad de Salud de Oregón also provides information to commonly asked questions on the OHA webpage.

Se requerirán cubiertas faciales en todo el estado en espacios públicos interiores a partir del miércoles 1 de julio. La guía se aplica a empresas y miembros del público que visitan espacios públicos interiores. Si posee o administra una empresa local o otra organización y necesita ayuda para cumplir con el requisito de máscara, comuníquese con el Grupo de Negocios del Condado Baker, 541-523-2015.

El comunicado de prensa de la oficina de Gobernadora Brown se puede leer aquí.

Cobertura facial del estado de Oregón Orientación y Preguntas frecuentes.

Las pautas de reapertura del estado de Oregón se pueden encontrar en la Información Comercial página de.

The Baker County Commissioners submitted a plan to Governor Brown’s office on April 24 outlining a phased approach to reopening businesses, organizations and events in Baker County that are currently closed by the Governor’s Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order. The plan was developed through coordination between the Baker County Commissioners, Baker County Health Department, St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City, and the County Public Health Officer. The plan proposed three phases for reopening, and included measures that can be put in place to reduce the risk of transmitting disease. The plan was approved by the Governor’s office on May 14, 2020.

Plan de reapertura de la Fase 2 aprobado - 29 de mayo de 2020

Plan de reapertura aprobado del Condado de Baker - 14 de mayo de 2020

El comisionado del condado de Baker, Mark Bennett, comparte un mensaje a la comunidad sobre la respuesta local de COVID-19.

La salud y la seguridad de nuestra comunidad es nuestro principal objetivo. Esta página es para compartir información para ayudar a nuestra comunidad a prepararse y apoyarse mutuamente. La página se encuentra actualmente en construcción y se agregará información nueva o actualizada a medida que esté disponible.

El coronavirus es un virus común. COVID-19 es una nueva cepa y está afectando a las comunidades de todo el mundo.

El gobierno, la atención médica, la educación, los servicios públicos y nuestra comunidad empresarial están compartiendo información para ayudar a nuestra comunidad a prepararse. Cada sector puede responder a COVID-19 de manera diferente, pero al compartir información abiertamente, preparamos colectivamente una respuesta sólida y exhaustiva para servir al público en general.

Esta información lo mantiene al tanto de qué trabajo está fallando y cómo estamos respondiendo como comunidad. Esta página se actualizará a medida que la información esté disponible.

El condado de Baker ha seguido de cerca la evolución de la situación en torno a COVID-19. Los funcionarios del condado están trabajando estrechamente con socios a nivel estatal y federal, así como con nuestros socios aquí en Baker City y sus alrededores, para monitorear y responder al nuevo Coronavirus de 2019. Continuamos monitoreando la información más reciente del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Baker, la Autoridad de Salud de Oregón (OHA) y el Centro para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC) y seguiremos comprometidos con proveedores de atención médica, escuelas, empresas y trabajadores para mitigar el impacto del virus. . El 16 de marzo de 2020, los Comisionados del Condado de Baker establecieron un Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia para responder a la situación en desarrollo.

Todos tenemos la responsabilidad con nosotros mismos, nuestras familias y nuestra comunidad de detener la propagación de COVID-19.

Les Pedimos a Nuestros Residentes:

  • Recomendamos qué se laven las manos a menudo con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos cada vez.
  • Quédese en casa a los más qué sea posible.
  • Solo salga de su hogar por servicios y necesidades esenciales (alimentos, atención médica, trabajo).
  • Compre cantidades razonables de productos básicos y deje suficiente para otros.
  • Use revestimientos faciales en espacios públicos interiores.

La principal prioridad del condado de Baker es la salud, la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestra comunidad.

Mire este video sobre por qué es importante 'aplanar la curva' reduciendo la propagación de COVID-19:

Información del Condado de Baker:

Por favor, preste atención a nuestro redes sociales, comunicados de prensa y otras fuentes de noticias creíbles. También puede contactar al 541-523-0014 si necesita información adicional.

Archivos de abril de 2020:

Plan revisado de reapertura del condado de Baker - 7 de mayo de 2020

Plan de reapertura del condado de Baker


El Condado de Baker discutirá el Plan de Reapertura del Condado de Baker presentado a la oficina de la Gobernadora el 24 de abril. Un panel que incluye al Comisionado Mark Bennett, El Jefe de Operaciones Comerciales y Recuperación de COVID-19, Shawn Berry, el Gerente de Baker City Fred Warner y la Directora del Departamento de Salud, Nancy Staten, discutirán el Plan de Reapertura y responderán preguntas de la comunidad.

Las instrucciones para unirse a esta reunión por teléfono o computadora se pueden encontrar aquí.

Archivos de marzo de 2020: