CDC issues new guidance regarding critical infrastructure workers with potential COVID-19 exposure

On April 8, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated interim guidance (Guidance) advising that asymptomatic critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue to work onsite despite exposure to COVID-19, if certain precautions are taken.

The Guidance applies to critical infrastructure workers, which CDC defines as including personnel in 16 sectors that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has deemed essential to the nation's COVID-19 response, including law enforcement, hazardous material response, janitorial and other custodial staff, and "workers – including contracted vendors – in food and agriculture, critical manufacturing, informational technology, transportation, energy and government facilities."

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