CDC Notice Regarding CDC Facilities COVID-19 Screening

In order to protect the health of CDC/ATSDR employees and staff, all CDC staff must self-screen for symptoms or other risk factors of COVID-19 daily, using CDC’s COVID-19 screening tool on their mobile device or on a paper form at designated locations at facility entrances, prior to admittance to CDC facilities. Staff must use the tool to provide confirmation to the designated CDC representative that they are approved for access before being granted access to CDC facilities.

CDC staff must answer the following questions in CDC’s COVID-19 screening tool. All responses should be “yes” or “no”:

  1. Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea?
  2. Within the past 14 days, have you been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or with anyone who has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19?
  3. Are you isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19?
  4. Are you currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test?

If you answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you will be denied entry to CDC facilities and you will be provided further instructions—either through the tool or on paper.

If you decline to self-screen using CDC’s COVID-19 screening tool, you will be provided the option of completing a paper version. If you decline to self-screen using either option, you will be denied entry to CDC facilities.

If you are a CDC employee who is denied entry, you must speak with your immediate supervisor about telework and/or leave options.

Additional Information

  • 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, please call the CDC Occupational Health Clinic at 404-639-3385 to determine whether you can safely be granted access to a CDC facility. If you do not require access to a CDC facility but have concerns about your symptoms, please contact your primary care provider.
  • If you are a contractor who is denied entry, you should contact your management company for further guidance and direction.

Authorities: Executive Order 12196; 5 U.S.C. Chapters 11, 33, and 63

CDC Facilities COVID-19 Screening
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CDC Notice Regarding CDC Facilities COVID-19 Screening

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Page last reviewed: July 23, 2020