Once you have received a vaccination, please register for v-safe,
a vaccine symptom management tool that checks in on you after your COVID-19 vaccination. All you need is your smartphone and information about the COVID-19 vaccine you received. This information can be found on your vaccination record card. Please use the QR code below to register for v-safe:
Blood Borne Pathogens Exposures
For Blood & Body Fluid Exposures (Needlestick Hotline):
- (415) 469-4411 available 24/7
- Available for any City and County of San Francisco employee concerned about a blood or body fluid exposure
- Also available for any worker whose exposure occurred on ZSFG campus (including UCSF employees, trainees, contract workers, volunteers)
Infection Control Practices at ZSFG
On April 13, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new infection control guidance that requires source control for everyone entering a health care facility, regardless of symptoms, during the COVID-19 emergency to prevent asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission. This requires staff to complete a symptom review prior to every shift and to wear an isolation face mask (or greater protection as needed) at all times. Patients are also required to wear a face mask, hospitalized patients are tested for COVID -19 upon admission, and, if positive are placed in isolation. ZSFG instituted these changes as of March 30, 2020.
Workplace Exposures to COVID-19
Given the ongoing transmission of COVID-19 in communities and the role that asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals with COVID-19 play in transmission, the CDC determined that the feasibility and benefits of formal contact tracing (finding a sick person and tracing their interactions) for exposures in healthcare settings are likely limited. Instead, the CDC recommends that facilities shift emphasis to more routine infection control practices, such as asking employees to regularly monitor for symptoms, use of facemasks for source control, not reporting to work when ill, and to report recognized exposures. With these practices already in place at ZSFG, and the risk of contracting COVID-19 at the workplace is very low.
In the event that Infection Control and Occupational Health are notified of a possible exposure to a positive COVID-19 patient or employee, there is an initial case investigation to identify potentially exposed employees who were in close contact with positive COVID-19 individual 48 hrs prior to symptom onset, and to determine their exposure risk. With adherence to universal masking of both patients and employees, and adherence to recommended personal protective equipment for patient care activities, all employees will be at low exposure risk per CDC risk categories. Thus, the advice to staff is to self monitor for symptoms for 14 days and to report any symptoms to Occupational Health immediately. This is the same advice given to all staff regardless of whether there was a documented exposure or not.
Worker Compensation Implications for COVID-19
Employees who are concerned about potential workers’ compensation claims are referred to the governor’s Executive Order N-62-20 which states that any COVID-19 related illness of an employee shall be presumed to arise out of and in the course of employment for purposes of awarding workers’ compensation benefits. Employees are directed to their supervisors in the event they contract COVID and wish to file a workers’ compensation claim.
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