How the Environmental Health Agency Protects Public Health


You may be feeling some anxiety.  Wondering if a company has to close if an employee gets COVID-19 or maybe you work for one of these places and you want to know if your boss has to tell you if a coworker has COVID-19? 

Guilford County Environmental Health Manager Paula Cox joined 2 Wants to Know to answer viewer questions about workplace protocols, restaurant inspections, and other safety questions.  Food establishments are inspected under N.C. Rules Governing Food Protection and Sanitation of Food Establishments guidelines. National exams and certificates are valid for five years. 

Staff inspects restaurants, food trucks, motels, nursing homes, jails, hospitals, schools and public swimming pools.  An employee tested positive for COVID-19, do they have to shut down? 

The agency assesses environmental and community health concerns.  The Environmental Health agency offers a broad range of services and programs to promote the health of all citizens. 

If you have questions for the agency, you can contact them from 8 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.  No. The health department handles each situation on a case-by-case basis. 

You can find other information on the agency’s website.  RELATED: A worker tests positive for COVID: Why the business doesn’t have to shut down. Their office is located at 1203 Maple Street, Greensboro, NC. 27405. You can call them at 336-641-3771. 

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