Protocols to keep employees safe and informed during COVID-19 

King County is working to protect the health and safety of its employees and the general public by following the guidance of Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC), the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to the COVID-19 virus.

As part of this effort, the County has developed protocols for employees and managers for the following situations:

  • An employee has been in close contact with someone who was exposed to COVID-19, but neither individual is showing symptoms.
  • An employee has been in close contact with someone who was later diagnosed with COVID-19 but was not showing symptoms at the time of contact with the employee.
  • An employee has been exposed to a diagnosed person with COVID-19, but the employee is not showing symptoms.
  • An employee is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • An employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Most importantly, if an employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), the employee should immediately inform their manager that they need to leave the workplace, but the employee does not need to provide their manager with specific details. The employee is strongly encouraged to notify HR of their symptoms as a public health precaution by contacting their HR Manager or emailing DHRCOVID19@kingcounty.gov. The employee should immediately contact their health care provider to get health guidance on next steps.

Department HR Managers and department leadership will oversee the implementation of this protocol to ensure we are keeping employees safe and informed during the COVID-19 outbreak.