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What To DO When Testing Positive With Covid-19

Updated: Oct 31, 2022

About the author:

D’Arcy Harrison is a salon owner based in Seattle, Washington, and the Advocacy Director of the Sovereign Stylist. Having assisted grassroots efforts against the Washington State attack on Booth Renters, she uses her experience to uphold the regulation of the beauty industry. D’Arcy’s blogs are typically focused on legal issues, overviews of legislation, and general business practices. D’Arcy believes that the government should work for the people and has dedicated a large portion of energy to informing the public on proper ways to challenge government action.

UPDATE NOTE 8/5/2020 : Recent Updates from the CDC were applied in regards to returning to work at the bottom of the blog. All info is linked to their website for direct guidance.

Whatever the Scenario, here is a simple step by step on how to

approach if you or someone you work with is diagnosed with COVID-19.

SCENARIO 1: “I work in Personal Services Doing Hair, Nails or Skin In

an Open Air salon as a booth renter, owner, or employee”

SCENARIO 2: “I work by myself in a suite, solo location, or home salon where there are limited Common Areas with Others


For the most up to date guidelines and directives on this topic please also visit specifically CDC guidance on discontinuting isolation:


You Or An Employee Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

IMPORTANT # 1 : NO ONE enters the workspace for a minimum of 24 hours.

IMPORTANT # 2: Contact Anyone who you came into close contact with and/or less than 6ft social distance within the previous 14 days.

(This Includes Friends, Family, Clients, CoWorkers, Vendors or Owner/Employers)

Let them know that you tested positive for Covid19 and that you encourage them to get tested and self-quarantine for 14 days.

**NOTE: MAINTAIN CONFIDENTIALITY & DON'T USE NAMES when communicating about direct or indirect exposure. (Ex:: use “THEY” as a pronoun to anonymize gender and/or identity markers)

  • Stay home - except to get medical care

  • Notify & Cancel Clients for the next 14 days (minimum)

  • Do not visit public areas. Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

  • Stay in touch with your doctor and call before you receive medical care. Seek Emergency Care if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed further below.

  • Take care of yourself! Get rest and stay hydrated. You may take over the counter drugs to alleviate feelings of symptoms but make sure to converse with a medical professional that you will be doing so.

  • Stay Home & Rest Arrange for Food/RX/Grocery Delivery via contactless service or friends/family

  • Isolate in One Room if you live with others

If someone is showing any of these signs,

seek emergency medical care immediately:

Watch for fever (100.4◦F+), cough, shortness of breath, Trouble breathing, Persistent pain or pressure in the chest, New confusion, Inability to wake or stay awake, Bluish lips or face

Day Two (after 48 hrs):

Schedule Deep Cleaning (or wait as long as possible) for Workspace with Professional Cleaner or By Supplied/Knowledgeable Individual(s):

(Ensure All Those Cleaning Use Gloves, Shields and Gowns as PPE while Cleaning)

Day Three (after 72 hours):

Deep cleaning may occur. Within 24 hours of completion of the location's deep cleaning- the location may open up with those who were not exposed to the Covid-19 diagnosed individual and/or have tested negative for COVID-19

Day 4-14:

Monitor Your Symptoms, Drink Water,

Eat as Healthy as Possible, & Avoid Contact with others

  • If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed (since the test)

  • If you will be tested and are still experiencing symptoms, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart

** Stay connected to friends, family + clients via social media, phone + email newsletters

** Educate Yourself on Marketing, Bookkeeping, Hair Techniques, Business Practices & MORE while off work.

** Make sure you have sufficient PPE and Cleaning/Disinfecting Supplies for your Return to Work following Isolation

DAY 15

Please See from the


"Updates as of July 20, 2020

A test-based strategy is no longer recommended to determine when to discontinue home isolation, except in certain circumstances.

  • Symptom-based criteria were modified as follows:

  • Changed from “at least 72 hours” to “at least 24 hours” have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.

  • Changed from “improvement in respiratory symptoms” to “improvement in symptoms” to address expanding list of symptoms associated with COVID-19.

** For patients with severe illness, duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset may be warranted. Consider consultation with infection control experts.

[ ASYMPTOMATIC ] For persons who never develop symptoms, isolation and other precautions can be discontinued 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA."

{PREVIOUS INSTRUCTION CALLED for 2 negative test results

within 24 hours to return to work.}


Check your LOCAL State & County Department of Health for additional directives.

If we all follow these instructions + guidelines -- we may effectively diminish contamination risk in our workspaces to co-workers, owners, employees and clients. We honor you and want YOU to be not only successful- but healthy too!

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