Employers should not advise employees to use emergency rooms for back-to-work clearance
PHOENIX (March 18, 2020) – Banner Health emergency rooms are experiencing an influx of folks arriving for a "back-to-work clearance," at the directive of their employers. Emergency rooms are not equipped for, nor the appropriate venue for, such clearances.
We are asking all employers to find alternative ways to evaluate their employees’ fitness to return to work following an illness, such as contacting their primary care provider or being symptom free for a period of time. The emergency room is for those with serious health concerns that require immediate medical attention.
Banner will not provide "fit-for-work clearances" or test for COVID-19 at the request of an employer. Only those who meet CDC criteria for testing will be tested.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we strongly encourage social distancing, aside from essential activities, and to stay home if you are sick. Also:
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue! Be sure to throw the tissue directly into the trash after you’re done.
- If you need to touch your eyes, nose or mouth, make sure it’s with washed hands.
- Make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, or utilize a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Visit Banner Health’s COVID-19 webpage for more detailed information on what we currently know about COVID-19 and why these steps are so important.