OPM’s latest memo to agencies on the Coronavirus urges “everyday preventive actions to help mitigate the spread of respiratory diseases” including that “employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.”
“Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick,” it says.
Employees who have spent time in certain countries or specific regions within countries that have been designated by the State Department as Level 4 (at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/) “are advised to stay at home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the U.S. Federal employees should seek medical advice if they get sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.”
Employees planning to travel to other overseas destinations are to consult Travel.State.Gov.
Further, agencies are to “review their travel policies and begin to reduce non-essential travel as appropriate.” Employees planning domestic travel should routinely check https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html and take into consideration the location and purpose of their travel.”