COVID 19 Employee FAQ

Does PenEye have a Infectious Disease Prevention Plan?


Yes, we have put together a comprehensive IDPP which employees can view by selecting here.




What should I do if I feel symptoms of COVID 19?


The first and most important step is to stay home and contact your primary care physician. Do not come to work if you are experiencing any of the CDC listed symptoms of COVID 19. After speaking with your PCP, you may be directed to get tested for COVID 19. If this is the case, you must wait until your results come back before a timetable for your return to work can be determined. Depending on your initial symptoms, you may be required to have 2 negative COVID 19 tests before being allowed to return to work. Oliver will work directly with individual employees on a case by case basis to establish a return to work timeline.




How does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act apply to me?


The specifics of the FFCRA can be found on the Department of Labor website. Summary: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020. Generally, the Act provides that employees of covered employers are eligible for:

  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or to care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor; and
  • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.




What is PenEye doing to protect me at work?


Peninsula Eye Physicians has implemented a cleaning schedule and physical distancing policy which, when executed properly, puts all employees at a low risk exposure level. (Refer to the PenEye Sanitation Policy) PPE and cleaning supplies are available to all employees, along with hand sanitizer and sinks with antibacterial soap. We are also randomly checking all employee temputures as well as asking COVID 19 related screening questions. For a more comprehensive explination of PenEye policy, please refer to our Infectious Disease Prevention Plan.




Where can I get tested for COVID 19?


It is recommended that you first reach out to your primary care physician. They will likely recommend a testing site. For up to date testing resources and information, please visit www.smcgov.org/covid-19-testing




What should I do if someone I live with is symptomatic but has not tested positive for COVID 19?


Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that you do not come to work until the symptomatic person has discussed their condition with their PCP. If their doctor directs them to get tested for COVID 19, we ask that you do not come to work until the results come back negative.




What should I do if someone I live with has tested positive for COVID 19?


Do not come to work and contact your primary care physician. The return to work policy is as follows:

  • As long as an employee is in regular contact with a COVID 19 positive person, they may not return to work, even if they have been tested for COVID 19 and their test has come back negative.
  • In order to return to work, the employee must provide a doctors note which states they are free to safely return to work.




What should I do if I test positive for COVID 19?


An employee must notify Oliver if they test positive for COVID 19. They are not to report to work and must follow the treatment advice of their primary care physician. In order to return to work, an employee that has tested positive for COVID 19 must provide a doctors note which states they are now recovered from COVID 19 and free to safely return to work.




What is the policy for returning to work after being on vacation?


Utilizing an honor system, we ask that employees use their best judgement when returning to work after taking personal time off. As a company, we cannot prevent an employee from being in high exposure environments, so we ask that whether you’re staying local or flying out of state, that you return to work being mindful of your fellow co-workers as well as visiting patients. Wear a mask at all times and keep a safe distance from staff and patients.

ODs and MDs that travel on an airline must take a covid test before retuning to work.

If you were exposed to someone that was experiencing COVID related symptoms, or if you are feeling symptomatic, you must not return to work before contacting your PCP and being tested for COVID 19.





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101 So San Mateo Dr. Ste. 310

San Mateo, Ca 94401

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