KCHD Clarifies Friday Statement

KCHD Director Martha Buchanan

Last week, the Knox County Health Department reported that someone who tests positive for Covid-19 can still show up for work at a restaurant or hospital so long as they are asymptomatic and wear a mask. Martha Buchanan, the Director of KCHD, said that statement was wrong and clarified what should have been said.

 

“An individual who is positive for Covid-19 should not show up to work regardless of whether or not they are showing symptoms and regardless of whether they work in critical infrastructure” Buchanan said. “Individuals who work in a critical infrastructure role, like food service, who are a close contact to a positive case, but are asymptomatic, may report to work.”

 

“However, they must wear a mask and adhere to specific practices prior to and during their work shift,” Buchanan continued. “Additionally, these individuals are asked to only go to work, and otherwise stay home. They are monitored as all other quarantined persons are. If they become symptomatic, they become a probable case and are then required to stay home.”

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