“Close Contact” Redefined by CDC and Implications for Employers

There are many circumstances where an individual may have a greater risk of exposure to COVID-19. One of them is “close contact,” as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with a person who has COVID-19. Historically, for purposes of COVID-19, close contact has been defined being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 consecutive minutes. That standard was changed last week by the CDC. The change has important implications for employers.

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