COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines & Response Plan

New - Updated Workplace Exposure Guidelines

St. Johns County BCC has Partnered with Flagler Health+ to Help Ensure a Safe & Healthy Work Environment
(October 2020) We are pleased to announce that St. Johns County BCC has partnered with Flagler Health+ to help ensure a safe and healthy work environment for our team members as we continue to respond to COVID-19. This electronic tool will be used to triage testing and assist with managing possible exposures in the workplace. The COVID-19 daily symptom checking you are required to perform before entering the workplace will now be logged in the new application, which is accessible by downloading the app to your phone or through the app.flaglerhealthanywhere.com website.

For more information, please review:

County Employee COVID-19 Exposure Guidance

(06/24/20) As COVID-19 continues to impact our workforce and operations it is important to use the following guidelines when handling employees exposures. 

Daily Employee Self-Screening is Required

St. Johns County BCC has partnered with Flagler Health+ to help ensure a safe and healthy work environment for our team members as we continue to respond to COVID-19. This electronic tool will be used to triage testing and assist with managing possible exposures in the workplace. The COVID-19 daily symptom checking you are required to perform before entering the workplace will now be logged in the new application, which is accessible by downloading the app to your phone or through the app.flaglerhealthanywhere.com website.

For more information, please review:

Employees must self-screen daily for the following prior to entering the workplace:

  • Fever, Cough, Sneezing, Sore throat, Shortness of Breath, GI symptoms
  • Recent close contact with a known positive COVID-19 person (The CDC identifies close contact as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time greater than 10 minutes)  

Employees are not to enter any County building or vehicle if the answer to either of these question is “yes” and Supervisors shall contact Risk Management to assist with triaging appropriate response and procedures. 

Employees with Symptoms

Employees with symptoms need to contact their physician, get tested for COVID-19, remain home, and self-isolate. The duration for self-isolation will vary.

Employees Exposed at Work or Outside of the Workplace

Employees that have had close contact with someone positive need to contact their physician, get tested for COVID-19, remain home and self-isolate. The duration for self-isolation will vary. The CDC identifies close contact as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time greater than 10 minutes.  Employees must notify their supervisor of a possible exposure and supervisors must notify Risk Management to assist with triaging appropriate response and procedures. 

Employees exposed to someone positive but without close contact must be screened for 14 days by their supervisor using the SJC Pre-Screening Form (see Employee Pre-Screening Form below) and should wear a face covering while in the workplace where social distancing cannot be maintained. Employees can remain in the workplace, if asymptomatic.

Employees with Potential Exposure at Work or Outside of the Workplace

Employees who have a potential exposure to someone positive or someone that is testing for COVID-19 should notify their supervisor of their possible exposure. Supervisors should ask the following questions of the employee:

  • Did they have close contact with someone positive or someone testing
  •  Ask  the employee if the person they were exposed to has tested for COVID-19

Supervisors shall notify Risk Management to assist with triaging appropriate response and procedures. 

It is imperative that each department manage the County’s safe work practices effectively to keep our workforce healthy.  Self-screening, handwashing, proper social distancing, and disinfecting of surfaces must be reinforced as the virus continues to impact our community. Virtual and telephonic meetings are still being encouraged and business travel outside the county is still restricted. Take the time to review the County’s Infectious Disease Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Plan https://ec.sjcfl.us/home/EmployeeUpdates and your Department’s own specific plan. Please contact Risk Management to discuss your needs and concerns, 827-6886.

Infectious Disease Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Plan

Department Key Responsibilities:

Plan
Our team has provided a general response overview to assist in developing your department’s safety strategy.  Each of your locations, functions, and workforce are diverse, therefore every Department should develop their own specific plan for employee safety per the Governor DeSantis’ Plan for Florida’s Recovery.  If more detailed guidelines or any assistance is needed, please reach out to me and our Risk team will be happy to support your group.

Signs
The placement of signs at entrances for employees and visitors is an essential part of our communication.  Each Department should designate a coordinator to post signs where appropriate.  Several sign PDF templates are attached, let us know if you need additional customization. 

This plan may be updated as guidelines change. The health and safety of our staff is of utmost importance and will continue to be our top priority.