Guidance for Businesses & Organizations
UPDATED Jan 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Updated quarantine guidance for close contacts:
Close contacts of a COVID-19 positive individual (less than 6 feet apart for 15+ minutes total) must quarantine because they are most at risk of becoming infected. Individuals in quarantine should not leave their home except to seek medical care and should not have any visitors in their home. We recommend the general public quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with an infected person. This option is the safest for everyone.
However, a growing body of data shows that the risk of illness is greatly reduced between days 11-14 after an exposure to someone with COVID-19.
The quarantine period can end after 10 days if:
- The individual does not develop any symptoms within 10 days AND
- The individual continues to monitor for symptoms for the full 14 days.
Even if the close contact tests negative for COVID-19, they must complete the full quarantine period.
Some individuals in more vulnerable settings or populations may be required to quarantine for the full 14 days.
**At this time, ending quarantine at 7 days with negative COVID-19 test results is NOT an option.**
Reporting a COVID-19 Case Connected to a Workplace, Organization or School
- To report a COVID-19 case associated with a business or agency located in Washtenaw County, please use this secure online portal.
- To report a positive COVID-19 case associated with a school or childcare located in Washtenaw County, please use this secure online portal.
For questions please email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700. Please leave a message if your call is not directly answered.
View Washtenaw County Health Department Emergency Orders.
View Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDDHHS) Epidemic Orders.
These orders and laws are in place to maintain COVID-19 precautions, including using face coverings, maintaining 6 feet of distance from people not in the same house, limiting the size of social gatherings, and following all public health guidance to prevent the spread of illness.
See the state coronavirus website at Michigan.gov/coronavirus for more information.
- Screen workers. Check employees for fever or other symptoms if they will enter facilities or buildings. Any employee with symptoms must stay home or work remotely.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance between people.
- Emphasize frequent and proper hand washing. Make sure sinks are well supplied with warm running water, soap and paper towels.
- Supply face coverings to all employees. Employees must wear face coverings if they will be in close contact with other employees or the public. Make sure customers are wearing face coverings as well.
- Do not share space or equipment. If this is not possible, have employees wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using shared equipment. Clean and sanitize equipment between uses.
- Work remotely whenever possible, particularly if individuals have underlying health conditions.
- Contact the Health Department when there is a positive case associated with your facility and cooperate with case investigation and contacting tracing efforts.
Business Reopening Guidance & Resources
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Workplaces: Answers to common questions about COVID-19 and workplace issues (what to do if an employee tests positive, etc.) - Updated December 10, 2020
- Workplace sample health screening form - Updated December 4, 2020. Facilities are not required to use this form; it is an example to use.
- Another health screening option is to use the MI Symptoms app. It is a free online tool from the state of Michigan to screen employees: https://misymptomapp.state.mi.us/
- Instructions on social distancing, self-monitoring, self-quarantine, and self-isolation
- COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan Template: Businesses and entities can use this template from MIOSHA to prepare their required plan
- Washtenaw County Reopening Guidance for Businesses - Guidance from the Washtenaw County Health Department for all businesses reopening or expanding services. Also see the COVID-19 FAQs for Workplaces.
- MIOSHA COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance - Guidelines for various industries, as well as information on filing a complaint.
- Michigan COVID-19 Business Response Center - Industry-specific guidance, including building, manufacturing, retail, dining, shopping, offices, health care, and more.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Guidance on Reopening Communities, Schools, Workplaces, and Events.
- Building signs - Signs about masks, staying home if sick, and social distancing from Washtenaw County Health Department.
Swimming Pool Resources
2020 Public Swimming Pool Packet: Important information about reopening your indoor public swimming pool, and compliance with swimming pool and COVID-19 requirements.
- Restaurant In-person Dining Procedures - guidance from the Washtenaw County Health Department
- Michigan Restaurant Association reopening and operating guidance
- Best practices for food establishments to manage COVID-19 - from the State of Michigan
- Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic - from the FDA
- Guidelines for Safe Child Care Operations During COVID-19 - guidance from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
- Child Care and Licensing Information - Child care information for licensed facilities and families from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
- Coronavirus childcare provider resources from the State of Michigan
- Frequently Asked Questions about childcare operations from the State of Michigan
File a Complaint About a Business Operating in Violation of Orders
To report MIOSHA or workplace safety complaints call 855 SAFE C19 (855 723-3219) and/or file a complaint with MIOSHA.
To report a complaint about a grocery store, convenience store, or gas station, please complete this online form for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), which is the agency that licenses and inspects these facilities.
For local information, email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700 and leave a message. Voicemail messages are checked throughout the day on weekdays, and every effort is made to return calls within one business day.