Exposure Guidelines - COVID-19
As we move deeper into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to know about what to do in case of a possible exposure. We created a flow chart to guide you on what to do in different scenarios that may arise.
Please continue to practice illness prevention. This means:
- stay home when you feel sick
- wash your hands often and effectively
- cover a cough or sneeze with your elbow, and
- seek healthcare when it is medically necessary.
Notification procedures still apply, requiring employees to notify their supervisors of any absences. (Police & Fire employees should follow established department protocols).
If you feel you have COVID-19 symptoms, contact Village Health Partners (VHP) at 972-599-9600 to discuss symptoms to determine if testing will be conducted or get medical directions.
According to the CDC, fever, cough, and shortness of breath are all symptoms of COVID-19. If you begin to have trouble breathing, persistent chest pain, bluish lips/face, or confusion or inability to arouse, seek medical attention immediately.
If you have contacted your healthcare provider and they have confirmed your symptoms are possible COVID-19, you need to take the following steps:
- Notify your immediate supervisor
- Supervisor notifies the Department Director/DCM
- Director/DCM notifies Risk Management 972-941-7115 (or Human Resources 972-941-5651)
- Risk Management consults the employee to prepare a list of city employees that may have been exposed.
- Risk Management consults with assigned Fire Department Paramedic (in contact with Dr. Gamber) regarding protocols.
- Risk Management & Department Director will notify each employee that came into contact with the ill employee.
- Director will notify the department team prior to citywide notice.
- Media Relations will send out a citywide notice indicating which department has been impacted.
- Follow “COVID-19 Exposure Process” flowchart.