CDC Issues New Guidance For Travel, Critical Infrastructure
In response to the fact that more than one million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States in the past seven days, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated much of its pandemic-related guidance, including for Thanksgiving travel and for critical infrastructure.
The CDC also clarified its guidance for critical infrastructure when a worker has close contact with someone infected or potentially infected with COVID-19. Current CDC guidance recommends that individuals exposed to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be quarantined for 14 days. The new guidance clarified that reintegrating exposed critical infrastructure workers who are not experiencing any symptoms and who have not tested positive back into onsite operations should be done as a last resort and only in limited circumstances, such as when cessation of operation of a facility may cause serious harm or danger to public health or safety.
The guidance also added that employers are encouraged to work with state, tribal, local, and territorial public health officials to determine the safest way to reintegrate exposed workers who are not experiencing any symptoms and have not tested positive.