OMS Resumes Normal Covid Reporting Procedures
NIH still seeks to understand how the virus affects our workforce. The Occupational Medical Service is resuming normal reporting procedures for positive Covid-19 test results; this includes results obtained through community or at-home testing, and for teleworkers and remote workers.
All staff, regardless of their return to physical workplace category, are encouraged to report a new diagnosis of Covid-19 infection, including diagnoses received in the community or from rapid testing (antigen-based, including at-home tests). Report the test result using the Coronavirus Surveillance Questionnaire: https://ors.od.nih.gov/Pages/oms-covid-screening.aspx.
Do not send test results obtained prior to Feb. 2, 2022, unless you are currently symptomatic. Only recent positive test results or cases that require return to work guidance are requested.
OMS has instituted a streamlined process for providing advice to staff diagnosed with Covid or reporting symptoms or exposures. In most cases, staff are only emailed instructions for self-care, quarantine, isolation and return-to-work guidance. If staff pose a risk of workplace transmission, OMS will follow up by phone with additional advice.
For more guidance on what to do if you test positive, if you have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms, visit: https://employees.nih.gov/pages/coronavirus/your-health.aspx.
If you have any questions, contact the Covid-19 Call Center at (301) 480-8990 or email OMS at OMSMonitoringProgram@mail.nih.gov.