Friday, July 19, 2024

Schools and Employers Should Allow Self-Attestation Rather Than Doctor’s Note to Return After Sickness—Mendocino County Public Health

The following is a press release issued by the County of Mendocino:

The COVID virus colored yellow [Image from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Rocky Mountain Laboratories]

Public Health is advising local schools and employers to allow people to return to
work or school with a signed self-attestation form, rather than requiring a note from a doctor or health clinic when recovering from flu, COVID, or other viral illness.

“Most people will recover in their own home from flu or COVID without a problem”. Mendocino County Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren stated, “Based on my experiences as a family doctor for the last 40 years, I am recommending that schools and workplaces accept a self-attestation form when people are ready to return to work or school.”

The Self-Attestation form has a checklist that goes over important symptoms to monitor, and when it is appropriate to return to work or school. When monitoring symptoms, it is important to look out for the danger signs and go to the ER immediately if you see or feel: shortness of breath, dehydration (from vomiting/diarrhea) or ANY change of mental status.

For more information about deciding when to go to the ER vs treating at home, please see our previous Press Release on the issue.

Treatments are also available to reduce the severity of COVID or flu and make a home recovery more likely. They are available at local pharmacies, through your health provider, or at Test-to-Treat sites in the county. For more information, please see our Treatments webpage. You can also contact the Call Center at 707-472-2759 with any questions.

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