Frequently Asked Questions

USCG Specific Frequently Asked Questions

For additional coronavirus questions not covered in these FAQ or that your chain of command cannot answer, please e-mail OutbreakQuestions@uscg.mil. To ensure the most timely response, please identify yourself (i.e. military member, civilian, Auxiliarist, contractor, family member) in your e-mail inquiry. 

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COVID-19 | March 11, 2022

CDC Guidance FAQs

Q: I may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. What should I do? 
A: Military Personnel on active duty: (Contact the Military Health System Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-874-2273, option 1. You can also go to MHS Nurse Advice Line, or call your primary care clinic. 
Civilians: Call your primary care clinic. 
All: If your health care provider recommends that you self-isolate, then you must notify your command. Separate yourself from other people in your home/quarters and avoid sharing personal items. CDC provides information to people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19:  How to Protect Yourself & Others | CDC 

  

Q: My employee seems to have a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. What should I do? 
A: Follow the Coast Guard COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart for guidance. 

  

Q: What should I do if my doctor tells me to self-isolate or quarantine? 
A: Notify your chain of command/supervisor, and change your status in CGPAAS to Quarantined. 
Quarantine for 5 or 10 days in accordance with the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Framework and do not come in to your CG workspace. 
If you display COVID symptoms, notify your doctor or primary care manager. 

  

Q: What should I do if I need to care for a close family member required to self-isolate or quarantine? 
A: Civilians: You are entitled to take accrued or advanced sick leave. Advanced leave is capped at 240 hours. If you exhaust your available sick leave, you can use other paid leave or paid time off. You may consider applying for donating leave under the Voluntary Leave Donation Program. You may also telework from home, under a voluntary telework agreement. If you have any questions, consult your supervisor or servicing HR Specialist: Servicing Assignment Representative 
Military Personnel: Follow your Medical Officer/health care provider’s recommendations and directions. Inform your command immediately. In most cases your command will place you on sick leave. 

  

Q. Does EEO law allow supervisors to require employees to stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms? 
A. Yes. The CDC states that employees who become ill with symptoms of COVID-19 must leave the workplace. EEO law does not interfere with employers following this advice. 

  

Q. When employees return to work after recovering from COVID-19, may supervisors require doctors' notes certifying their fitness for duty? 
A. Yes. Such inquiries are permitted under EEO law. The Coast Guard could require a fitness-for-duty evaluation if a supervisor was concerned that the illness wasn’t fully resolved or had questions about the employee’s ability to perform their work after recovery from COVID-19.