Last week the Marshall County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution creating a COVID-19 Exposure Policy for all county employees and elected officials.

Ann Anglin, HR Administrator presented the policy that requires any employee sent home from work because of COVID-19-like symptoms will be required to schedule a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.  The policy states that they can call the Marshall County Health Department to schedule a free test.  Following the test, employees are required to self-quarantine until the test results are received.

If the employee’s test result is negative, they will return to work the following day, if they are fever-free for 24 hours and their symptoms are improving.  If the employee had close contact, they will need to monitor for symptoms and get a test in 5 to 7 days.

If the employee has a positive test, they will follow the Center for Disease Control recommendations and isolate or quarantine for 5 days.  They may return to work on day 6 if they have been fever-free for 24 hours.  The employee will be required to wear a mask for 6 to 10 days and practice enhanced precautions.

A county employee with a family member living in the same household will be sent home if a family member has tested positive for COVID-19.  As long as the employee can avoid close contact and isn’t exhibiting symptoms, they may continue working as long as they wear a mask and practice enhanced precautions.

The new COVID-19 Policy was signed and effective on Tuesday, July 5th.