New guidance on COVID-19 testing for employees

Occupational Health is now accepting positive home antigen test results for COVID-19, with no requirement for further testing. WashU Medicine and BJC HealthCare employees who develop symptoms associated with COVID-19 and have a positive home antigen test should call the COVID-19 Exposure/Illness Hotline at 314-362-5056 to report the result and receive guidance on safe return to work. It is not necessary to send proof of a positive home test to Occupational Health. However, employees may wish to date and initial their home test and take a picture of the test alongside their badge for their own records or in the event this may be needed at a later date. Please continue to stay at home if you are sick, regardless of test results.

Depending on evolving regional trends in respiratory virus disease (e.g., COVID-19, influenza), WashU Medicine and BJC HealthCare will continue to collaborate together and adapt strategies to ensure safe return to work.