According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is now a pandemic, meaning a global outbreak of disease. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Different parts of the United States are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. U.S. COVID-19 cases include those among travelers, cases among close contacts of a known case, and community spread. Please review the links provided below for more information.
Reporting COVID-19 positive cases: 16 VAC 25-220-40.B.8.e of the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) provides that “The employer shall notify the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) within 24 hours of the discovery of three (3) or more employees present at the place of employment within a 14-day period testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus during that 14-day time period.”
COVID-19 case reports must be filed through the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) online reporting portal. By using this portal, these case reports will ensure VDH and DOLI reporting compliance. The new online reporting portal allows employers to submit up to 10 Covid-19 positive cases.
Effective December 8, 2020, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), has determined that employers no longer need to report single COVID-19 positive cases to VDH, in order to comply with the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Infectious Disease Prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus that Causes COVID-19.
Instead, employers shall report to VDH within 24 hours of the discovery of two or more of its own employees present at the place of employment within a 14-day period testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus during that 14-day time period.
After the initial report of outbreak (two or more cases), employers shall continue to report all cases to VDH until the local health department notifies the business that the outbreak has been closed.
After the outbreak is closed, subsequent identification of two or more cases of COVID-19 during a declared emergency shall be reported, as above.
The ETS incorporates the following documents by reference:
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) List N for use against SARS-CoV-2
Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories” (Dec. 2009)
Reporting COVID-19 positive cases: The 16 VAC 25-220-40.B.8.e of the Emergency Temporary Standard, Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19 provides that “The employer shall notify the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry within 24 hours of the discovery of three (3) or more employees present at the place of employment within a 14-day period testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus during that 14-day time period.” Employers may use contact information listed on our Report A Workplace Fatality, Severe Injury, Or Positive Coronavirus Case page
Virginia Adopts First-in-the-Nation Workplace Safety Standards for COVID-19 Pandemic – July 15, 2020
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the adoption of Statewide Emergency Workplace Safety Standards in response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Executive Orders from the Governor
NEW! Governor’s Executive Order No. 63 Requirement to Wear Face Covering While Inside Buildings
NEW! Governor’s Executive Order No. 61 (Amended) Phase One Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions Due to COVID-19
Governor’s Executive Order No. 61 Phase One Business Sector Guidelines
- For any questions related to COVID-19 and Executive Order No. 53 please contact us at email@example.com
- VOSH is addressing health and safety employees’ concerns related to COVID-19 with a phone/fax investigation. To file a Health or Safety Complaint please follow the link for assistance. File an online complaint
- For employees that have questions regarding unemployment, please contact the Virginia Employment Commission at http://www.vec.virginia.gov/
- For questions concerning payment of wage or child labor laws, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
OSHA Workplace Exposure Posters
In an effort to help promote infection control methods in the workplace, Federal OSHA has created an informative poster. While not required to be posted, it is a good reminder to all employees on ways they can stay safe in the workplace.
OSHA Workplace Exposure Poster – English
OSHA Workplace Exposure Poster – Spanish
Coronavirus Newsletter – (first edition)
Industry Specific Guidance