Updated March 11, 2021 Image of woman standing over a laptop and talking on a cell phone.

Remember COVID-19 spreads easily and is widespread throughout our community. If you or someone you know gets COVID-19, be kind and compassionate. Don’t shame yourself or anyone else.

If You Are Employed and Test Positive for COVID-19

Do Not Go To Work

If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home, even if you don’t have symptoms. Call in sick. Take sick leave if you have it. Isolate yourself.

See the top of this page for when you can go back: If You Test Positive for COVID-19 >>

If your employer requires a doctor’s note to stay home, you can contact your doctor, clinic, or the place where you got tested.

Should I tell my employer?

We strongly recommend you tell your employer if you test positive for COVID-19 and have been around other employees or the public at work. You can help slow the spread of COVID-19 by telling your supervisor or employer as soon as possible. People who were around you at work will then know to stay home and away from others and get tested too. 

If you work in food service, you are required by law to tell your supervisor you tested positive for COVID-19. 

Will my employer tell my coworkers I tested positive?

Employers are now required to tell employees of their exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. But they must keep information confidential and not reveal your name or personal information as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Will my employer question me about COVID-19 symptoms?

During a pandemic, employers who are required to comply with American With Disabilities Act (ADA) may ask employees if they are experiencing symptoms. They must maintain all information about employee illness as a confidential medical record, in compliance with the ADA.

If you are being treated unfairly

If you experience discrimination when you tell your employer you tested positive for COVID-19, contact the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) to file a report and get help. Report the discrimination as soon as possible. Call 971-673-0761 or email help@boli.state.or.us.

Contact Oregon OSHA to report hazards at your worksite. Call 503-229-5910 or go to osha.oregon.gov/workers.

Sick Leave Options

  • Paid sick time - Oregon law gives all employees sick time, including part-time workers. You get this if your employer has 10 or more employees (6 or more in Portland).

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Requires covered employers to provide medical leave for specific reasons related to COVID-19, and emergency paid sick leave or expanded family leave.

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - Provides financial assistance if you’re unable to work due to COVID-19 and don’t qualify for regular unemployment (self-employed, contractor, gig worker, new hire, etc).

  • COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program - Temporary paid leave for people who need to quarantine or isolate because of COVID-19 exposure or are experiencing symptoms and need a medical diagnosis, but do not qualify for COVID-19-related paid sick leave (or do not have access to COVID-19-related paid time off).

When You’re Ready to Go Back to Work

When you feel healthy again, and meet the requirements at the top of this page, you can go back to work. We do not recommend employers ask employees to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to return to work. However, if your employer does require a negative test to return to work, they must pay for the test. Also, it could take weeks after your infection with COVID-19 to test negative, even though you can no longer spread the virus. 

If You Are an Employer

What to do if an employee has COVID-19»