Updated Guidance for City Agencies on Leave Policy Applicable During the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), eff. January 26, 2022 

 This document sets forth City leave policy with respect to City employees to mitigate the risk of the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). It is effective January 26, 2022 and until further notice, and supersedes the December 29, 2021 guidance. 

I. Definition 

A. “Symptoms of COVID-19” means the following physical symptoms: 

• Fever of 100.0 F or greater or chills 

• Cough 

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

• Fatigue 

• Muscle or body aches 

• Headache 

• Loss of taste or smell 

• Sore throat 

• Congestion or runny nose 

• Nausea or vomiting 

• Diarrhea 

B. “Two workweeks” means the number of hours that an employee is regularly scheduled to work in a two-week period. Examples: for an employee whose regular schedule is 40 hours per week, two workweeks is 80 hours; for an employee whose regular schedule is 35 hours per week, two workweeks is 70 hours. 

C. “COVID-19 diagnostic test” means 1) a NAAT or molecular test, such as PCR, or 2) an antigen test, or 3) an at-home test. For at-home tests: If an employee tests positive using an at-home test, they may qualify for COVID-19 Excused Leave by submitting the following additional information: • Date of positive test 

• Name/manufacturer of at-home test kit 

• Lot number of at-home test kit 

• Photo of staff ID with test result 

D. “Close contact” means someone who was within six feet of someone with COVID-19, for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset (or, for an asymptomatic person, two days prior to test specimen 

collection) until the time the person is isolated. 

E. “Fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have passed after a person received a single-dose of an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or the second dose of an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved two-dose COVID-19 vaccine. 

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