Vaccination Status and Quarantine Requirements

I tested positive for COVID-19, what do I do? Contact Human Resources as soon as possible. If it’s after hours or the weekend, please contact: Ann Brown 502-888-7828; Laura Knight 812-484-8854 or Amy Jackson 270-315-2775.

I got tested for COVID-19 and I don’t know my results, can I come to work? No, if you are awaiting test results, you need to quarantine and remain away from all German American locations. This follows CDC and health department guidelines that while test results are pending, you are to act like you are positive and quarantine.

I am a close contact of a confirmed positive person and I have had COVID-19 in the past three months. Can I come to work? Yes, per CDC guidelines, people who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months and recovered do not have to quarantine or test again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.

 

What is the definition of close contact? Per CDC guidelines, a close contact is someone who was in direct contact with a confirmed positive person 6 feet or less, for 15 minutes or more total over a 24-hour period, 48 hours before the positive person’s symptoms began or before the positive test was collected. *Per the CDC, the determination of close contact should generally be made irrespective of whether the contact was wearing respiratory PPE.  At this time, differential determination of close contact for those using fabric face coverings is not recommended.

(Example - Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). 

 

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated.

I am fully vaccinated and someone in my household is positive for COVID-19, I feel fine. Can I come to work? Yes, per CDC guidelines, because you are fully vaccinated and you are NOT experiencing symptoms, you are able to be around others and come to work. We hope that the person recovers quickly and that you remain healthy.

I am fully vaccinated and a close contact of a confirmed positive person. Can I come to work? Yes, per CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated people do not have to quarantine UNLESS they are experiencing symptoms. If a fully vaccinated person is experiencing symptoms, testing is recommended.

I am fully vaccinated and someone in my household is being tested for COVID-19. Can I come to work? Yes, per CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated people do not have to quarantine UNLESS they are experiencing symptoms. If a fully vaccinated person is experiencing symptoms, testing is recommended.

I am not fully vaccinated, and someone in my household is being tested for COVID-19, can I come to work? No, if someone in your household is being tested for COVID-19, you need to remain out until those test results are known.

I am not fully vaccinated, and someone in my household is positive for COVID-19, I feel fine. Can I come to work? We hope that the person recovers quickly and that you remain healthy. Because you are in the same household as a confirmed positive person, you are considered a close contact. Close contacts, need to quarantine and remain out of all German American locations.

I am not fully vaccinated and a close contact of someone not living in my household. How long will my quarantine last?

Since we don’t know yet if you will develop COVID-19, you will need to follow the CDC recommendations that provide various guidelines for when you may discontinue your quarantine. The CDC still recommends a quarantine period of 14 days; however, it has now provided two “acceptable alternatives” that may shorten quarantine.  The alternative guidelines are as follows:

1.   Quarantine can end after day 10 without the need for testing, as long as the individual did not develop symptoms during the 10-day period. *The earliest you could return to the office is day 11.

2.    Quarantine can end after day 7 if the individual obtained a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of day 7, and the individual did not develop symptoms during the 7-day period.  Test must occur on day 5 or later. If you choose this option, you must remain out of the office until your test results are received.  *If you receive negative test results, the earliest you could return to the office is day 8.

Please continue to work with your local health department and/or medical provider to determine your return-to-work date.  (Note Day 1 definition: Your first day of quarantine is the day after your last contact with the confirmed positive person.)  Keep your supervisor updated of your status.  Remember, upon your return to work, you will need to continue to perform and pass your daily health screenings.  If you are experiencing symptoms, even if you think it is a typical bug, stay home!

I am not fully vaccinated and a close contact of someone living in my household. How long will my quarantine last? It depends. Your day one of quarantine starts when the positive person has recovered and their quarantine ends. This is because, per CDC guidelines, you could still become infected as late as day 14. You will need to remain away from all German American locations during both quarantine periods (other person and yours). End date will depend on a variety of factors. Please continue to work with your local health department and or medical provider.

Positive person:

I tested positive for COVID-19. How long will my quarantine last? It depends. Per CDC guidelines, you can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared (or test collected, if asymptomatic) and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

Travel

I am fully vaccinated and traveled within the United States, where no passport is required. Can I come back to work? If you are able to pass the daily health screens and are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we look forward to seeing you back at work. 

I traveled outside the United States, where a passport is required. Can I come back to work upon my return to the United states? It depends:

  • Are you fully vaccinated, able to pass the daily required health screen and not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms? Yes, you are able to come back to work without quarantine.
  • I am not fully vaccinated. You will need quarantine away from GA locations for seven days, even if you receive a negative COVID-19 test within those 7 days. Day one of your quarantine starts upon entering the United States.

I am not fully vaccinated and traveled within the United States, where no passport is required. Can I come back to work? It depends:

  • Are you able to pass the daily-required health screening? Yes, you are able to come back to work if the answer is no to the remaining questions below.
  • Are you a close contact of a confirmed positive person? Yes, I am a close contact of a positive person. No, you are not able to come back to work at this time. We hope that you remain healthy and we look forward to welcoming you back after your quarantine ends.
  • Are you waiting on COVID-19 test results? Yes, I am waiting on test results. No, you are not able to come back to work at this time. We look forward to welcoming you back after you are no longer sick, receive negative test results, or recover from COVID and your quarantine period has ended.
  • Is someone in your household waiting on COVID-19 test results? Yes, someone in my household on waiting on test results. No, you are not able to come back to work at this time. We look forward to welcoming you back if test results are negative. If test results are positive, please refer to the Quarantine section.

 

Vaccinated

Not Vaccinated

Self-monitor for symptoms

X

X

Sick? Stay Home Required

X

X

Masks Recommended by CDC

 

X

Close Contact Quarantine Required

 

X

Positive COVID-19 in Household Quarantine Required

 

X

Pending COVID-19 test in Household Quarantine Required

 

X

International Travel Quarantine Required

 

X

Domestic Travel Quarantine Required

 

 

Approved Time Off (ATO)

ATO changes to be effective 6/4/21:

    1. ATO will remain available to be used to receive the COVID vaccine and any side effects from the receipt of the vaccine.
    2.  ATO will remain available to be used if employee tests positive for COVID-19 or is identified by German American as close contact of a confirmed positive person. Remember – if you are vaccinated, and do not have symptoms, you do not have to quarantine.
    3. ATO will not be granted for personal travel quarantine purposes.

ATO changes to be effective 7/5/21:

    1. ATO will remain available to be used to receive the COVID vaccine and any side effects from the receipt of the vaccine.

All other ATO related to the pandemic will cease.

Masks and Social Distancing Guidelines effective 8/11/21

  1. Both vaccinated and non-vaccinated employees should wear masks in the office when office or workstation is greater than six feet from another team member. If there is a barrier, a mask is not required. Masks are required when in our lobbies, common areas, and conference rooms. This includes any face-to-face interaction with customers.
  2. State and local government executive orders may mandate masks, and require our operations to vary county by county or within city boundaries. GA facilities will operate within the local executive orders on masks.
  3. Limit all non-essential business travel and in-person meetings, trainings and gatherings where safe social distancing indoors cannot be ensured.
  4. Please be considerate of all GA clients and employees – if they request masks be worn for health and safety purposes, please accommodate.

Well Being Resources

I am going through a lot. What additional support is available for me? We recognize the impact this pandemic has had on people in a variety of ways. We have confidential and free resources available to you to address a variety of personal, family and work related issues. Some examples of our work-life benefits include:

  • Unlimited Telephonic Clinical Assessment and Referral
  • Up to 5 Sessions of Professional Assessment* for Employees and Family Members
  • Unlimited Child Care and Elder Care Referrals
  • Bereavement support services
  • Legal Consultation for Unlimited Number of Issues per Year
  • Financial Consultation for Unlimited Number of Issues per Year
  • Unlimited Pet Care Consultation
  • Unlimited Education Referrals and Resources
  • Unlimited Referrals and Resources for any Personal Service
  • Unlimited Community-based Resource Referrals
  • Online Legal Resource Center
  • Affinity Online Work-Life Website
  • myACI App for Mobile Access
  • Multicultural and Multilingual Providers Available Nationwide

Corporate code: RSLI859