Workplace Guidance
Overview FAQ

Updated Aug. 30, 2022

Managing a workplace during COVID-19 and knowing how to plan for the potential for sick employees can seem daunting, but there are steps business owners and managers can take to keep your workforce, customers and community safer.

For general questions about COVID-19 in the workplace, please call the state hotline at 1.800.525.0127 and press # or text “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive text information and updates.

Key Points

Case Reporting and Investigation

It’s always possible that your workplace may experience a COVID-19 case. It is important that you report suspected cases to SRHD. According to the Washington Ready Proclamation 20-25.19 and guidance issued by the governor’s office, workplaces must notify the local health jurisdiction within 24 hours if they suspect COVID-19 is spreading in the workplace or if the workplace is aware of two or more employees who develop confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within a 14-day period.

In addition, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) also requires that employees be notified in writing within one business day if someone they had close contact with tests positive for COVID-19 (without disclosing the person’s identity). COVID-19 outbreaks of 10 or more employees at workplaces or worksites with more than 50 employees must be reported to L&I within 24 hours. See L&I guidance here: L&I Requirements and Guidance for Preventing COVID-19.

According to Proclamation 20-25.19 and associated guidance, employers are required to cooperate with public health authorities in the investigation of cases, suspected cases, outbreaks and suspected outbreaks of COVID-19. Employers are also asked to cooperate with the implementation of infection control measures, such as isolation and quarantine and environmental cleaning, and comply with all public health authority orders and directives.

How to Contact Us or Report a Case

To report COVID-19 cases in your workplace, please email For general questions about COVID-19 in the workplace, please call the state hotline at 1.800.525.0127 and press # or text “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive text information and updates.

Return to Work Guidance

Spokane Regional Health District has adopted updated isolation and exposure guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is also recommended by the Washington State Department of Health. Please review the guidance here for information about isolation and exposure guidelines for individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to some with COVID-19.

Additional return to work guidelines for COVID-positive or exposed staff or residents in higher risk settings such as healthcare or congregate settings may still be required.


Vaccination is the best way to get back to business. A vaccinated workforce is protected from COVID-19 and less likely to experience downtime. Remind employees that getting vaccinated only takes about 30 minutes. Providing employees with time off to get vaccinated and time to recover may help them to make the choice to get vaccinated.

If you are interested in hosting a vaccination event for staff at your organization, contact Spokane Regional Health District at

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For businesses interested in employee screening and accommodation-related testing, several options are now available. Additional resources can be located online. Spokane Regional Health District is not a testing provider and cannot offer this service to businesses. Local service providers include, but are not limited to, the following:*

*The above list is not an endorsement by Spokane Regional Health District and is provided for informational purposes only. There may be additional testing providers not listed here.