Businesses are making employees get tested for COVID. Some County health officers want them to stop.
With coronavirus infections rising, testing is in short supply once again. Now health officials in Los Angeles and Riverside counties are asking businesses to stop directing employees to free government testing sites.
A number of employees have been told by their workplaces that they need a positive test result in order to return. That is straining government resources.
"Not only are employers not legally entitled to the results, but it is interfering with people getting back to work, reduces our available appointments and puts occupational health responsibilities on the county when we should be using those appointment slots for community surveillance,” Riverside County Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said.
“Our obligation first and foremost is to meet the needs of those who need a test before those who want the test,” including those experiencing symptoms, L.A. County Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly explained.
Everyone wants to keep their workplaces safe. Remote work is the best way to accomplish that. When remote work isn’t feasible, employers should encourage as much distancing as possible, regularly sanitize surfaces using safe products, require face mask usage, install plexiglass barriers where appropriate, and implement temperature screenings.
Learn more about how you can keep your workplace safe here.