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:

  1. Notify your immediate supervisor
  2. Supervisor notifies the Department Director/DCM
  3. Director/DCM notifies Risk Management 972-941-7115 (or Human Resources 972-941-5651)
  4. Risk Management consults the employee to prepare a list of city employees that may have been exposed.
  5. Risk Management consults with assigned Fire Department Paramedic (in contact with Dr. Gamber) regarding protocols.
  6. Risk Management & Department Director will notify each employee that came into contact with the ill employee.
  7. Director will notify the department team prior to citywide notice.
  8. Media Relations will send out a citywide notice indicating which department has been impacted.
  9. Follow “COVID-19 Exposure Process” flowchart.

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visual of COVID-19 exposure guidelines flowchart