General Lab Information

Protocols for COVID-19 Exposures and Cases

On Dec. 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated recommendations for isolation and quarantine periods for COVID-19 exposures and infections.

The CDC has shortened the recommended isolation time for people with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic and updated the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. These updates come as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and reflects the current science on when and for how long a person is infectious.

Quarantine refers to the time during which you should avoid contact with others following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Isolation refers to the time during which you should avoid contact with others following a positive COVID-19 test.

COVID-19 Testing

There is a very high demand on testing services and supplies in our region. In an effort to expand access to testing, Suffolk County announced the opening of three new community-based testing sites. Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests will be administered at these sites on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also find an appointment with the NY State Department of Health scheduler.

COVID-19 Screening Program

In addition to the mandatory weekly testing program for unvaccinated staff with approved exemptions, BSA may offer voluntary testing to staff working on site. BSA may use any COVID-19 viral test, such as a PCR or antigen test, that has been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration to detect current infection. Staff participating in the voluntary testing program will be informed of their result only if they test positive for COVID-19.

Details will be shared with staff/guests whenever on-site testing is available.

COVID-19 screening tests are intended to identify asymptomatic or presymptomatic individuals without known or suspected exposure to COVID-19.

Updated Time Card Coding Guidance

  • The use of the Weather & Safety Leave (WSL) time card code ended midnight Dec. 31, 2021.
  • If an employee is required to quarantine based on the new CDC guidance indicated above, or isolate as a result of a positive COVID-19 test, use sick time and mark the time card accordingly.
  • See pandemic time card reporting guidelines.
  • If an employee has been approved to work remotely, they should charge the appropriate activity code that they would normally charge.
  • The Lab will continue to monitor local and regional conditions, federal, state, and DOE guidelines, and CDC guidance, and make additional changes as needed.