Test negative before ending self-isolation? Experts weigh in

June 10, 2022

As COVID-19 continues to evolve, so does the advice of medical experts. A sharp rise in the number of people getting infected multiple times means that topics such as isolation and contagiousness periods, and the proper use of home tests, are becoming more of a part of Long Islanders’ daily lives.

How do Long Island businesses handle isolation periods?

“What we’re seeing generally is compliance with the CDC guidelines,” with no negative test needed to return to work, said Domenique Camacho Moran, a labor and employment attorney and a partner at Farrell Fritz in Uniondale.

Do I get paid if I’m out with COVID-19?

New York State requires most businesses to provide five to 14 days of paid COVID-19 sick leave, with the amount depending on factors such as the size of the business.

That requirement is triggered only after the employee shows the business a government isolation order or submits a legally binding form. In reality, most businesses don’t require that, Camacho Moran said. Some will require a lab-verified positive test result; others will accept a home test result, she said.

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