CDC Notice on Facility Access

Before entering a CDC facility, staff and visitors must screen for COVID-19 symptoms. Symptom screening can be self-conducted and does not need to be verified by agency personnel. Staff and visitors who have experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours should not access a CDC facility:

  • Fever or chills
  • New or unexplained cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
  • New or unexplained muscle or body aches
  • New or unexplained loss of taste or smell

Staff and visitors can voluntarily use the CDC COVID-19 Facility Access Tool on their mobile device OR use the alternative paper form at the visitor check-in area to determine if they should access a CDC facility. Staff should consult with their supervisor or contracting officer’s representative (COR) if they have questions about accessing a CDC facility after self-screening.

Additional Information

  • When using the COVID-19 Facility Access Tool, no personally identifiable information will be recorded.
  • If you have a chronic medical condition that causes COVID-19-like symptoms and you need to access a CDC facility within the next few days, you will need a waiver from CDC’s Occupational Health Clinic (OHC). To begin the waiver process, please contact your CIO management officer/official (or host, if you are a visitor) and ask them to request a waiver on your behalf through OHC. When OHC contacts you, please be ready to email medical documentation supporting your waiver request to Waivers will only be granted in exigent circumstances and only if it is safe to do so. OHC will not respond to waiver requests made by individuals.

CDC COVID-19 Facility Access Tool
Alternative Paper Copy - CDC COVID-19 Facility Access Tool [PDF - 2 MB]
CDC Facility Access Not Approved - Further Instructions
CDC Notice on Facility Access

This tool was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for use by CDC. The tool, however, is in the public domain and may be recreated, utilized, and adapted by the public at will.  The CDC name and logo may not be utilized if the tool is recreated for use by an external entity.  The tool is provided “as-is”; CDC accepts no liability for the use by an external entity.  The external entity assumes all risks and liabilities associated with the recreation, utilization and adaption of the tool for external entity’s use. CDC will not provide any support for the tool if recreated by an external entity.  CDC, with regard to this tool, makes no other representations, warranties, express or implied, and hereby disclaims all implied representation and warranties, including any warranty of merchantability and warranty of fitness for a particular purpose.

Page last reviewed: September 18, 2022