CDC Revises Definition of “Close Contact”

Recently, the CDC updated the definition of “close contact” for purposes of identifying individuals who may have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 and who should quarantine to avoid further transmission of the virus. Close contact is now defined as follows: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total… Continue reading CDC Revises Definition of “Close Contact”

Updated OHA Guidance on Face Coverings/Masks and Face Shields

On October 19, 2020, as authorized by Executive Order 20-27, the Oregon Health Authority issued updated guidance for wearing masks, face coverings or face shields. The new guidance recommends: Wearing face coverings or masks instead of face shields because face shields are not as effective at limiting the release of aerosols that can go around… Continue reading Updated OHA Guidance on Face Coverings/Masks and Face Shields

Covid-19 and OSHA Reporting and Recording

Until recently, there was no explanation of when a Covid-19-related hospitalization or fatality would qualify as “work related” so as to trigger an employer’s OSHA reporting obligations. OSHA’s recently updated FAQs explain, with respect to reporting hospitalizations: Under 29 CFR 1904.39(b)(6), employers are only required to report in-patient hospitalizations to OSHA if the hospitalization “occurs… Continue reading Covid-19 and OSHA Reporting and Recording