HECTOR GOT COVID-19 AT WORK A STORY ABOUT OUTBREAKS AND WORKPLACE RIGHTS
Hector and his family went through so much when he hadCOVID-19. His coworkers also went through a lot whenthere was a COVID-19 outbreak at work. This was allbefore the COVID-19 vaccine was offered. Today, theseexperiences can be prevented by being vaccinated. If you’re not yet vaccinated,there’s no better time than now.
Hector looked down at his phone,surprised, worried, and afraid. His COVID-19 testwas positive.
Hector had been extra careful during the pandemic since hehelps to take care of his parents, who live with him and his family.His mom has diabetes and other health issues. He was always concerned about being exposed toCOVID-19 working in the supermarket bakery wherehe interacted with a lot of people every day. Unfortunately, a week ago, he foundout he had come into close contactwith someone who has COVID-19.
What does “close contact” mean? A close contact occurs when you’re within6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for15 minutes or more in a day. When youremployer finds out that someone at workhas COVID-19, they must investigate andidentify other workers who came intoclose contact, and notify those workers.
The HR department at his store had messaged him. As they’re required to do in thesesituations, his company offeredhim a COVID-19 test at no cost. They also provided benefitinformation about sick leave andworkers’ compensation.