COVID-19 illness and return to work

We know that you have a lot of questions right now—questions about COVID-19 and how to keep you and your loved ones safe. One of the questions that has come up is: Do I need a note for permission from my healthcare provider to return to work after I’ve been ill with a respiratory illness?

Following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, Riverwood Healthcare Center has made a decision not to write letters for patients for work-related purposes at this time.

The CDC specifically asks employers to “not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees with acute respiratory illness to validate their return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.”

The choice to stay home from the workplace may be made on a case-by-case basis by each employee in conjunction with his or her employer after taking symptoms and risk factors into consideration.

See additional CDC information for businesses and employers.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. See CDC guidelines here.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Or call our Riverwood Coronavirus hotline at 1-844-428-1323, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may also call the Minnesota Department of Health hotline at 651-201-3920, 7 days/week, 7am-7 pm.

Riverwood Healthcare is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota and across the country, and we will continue to provide you with important information to protect you and your family.