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Posted on: July 14, 2020

Texas DSHS: No Negative COVID-19 Test Needed for Return to Work

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The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is recommending individuals who have mild COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever or cough, stay home in isolation and care for themselves in their residence. Oftentimes, those experiencing mild symptoms will not need to visit their health provider in person for testing or treatment. By staying home, those experiencing mild symptoms can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. View the Guidance | En Español

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people stay home until at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared. Additionally, the CDC recommends people stay home until they are fever-free for at least 72 hours without taking any fever-reducing medicine, such as aspirin and/or their symptoms have improved.

DSHS is not recommending employers require their employees to have a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to work. This is in alignment with guidance from the Texas Workforce Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. DSHS is encouraging workplaces to follow the CDC recommendations listed above. A test-based approach should be used to determine when someone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis may be released from isolation (as recommended by a health care provider).

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Texas Department of State Health Services

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