If an employee contracts COVID-19 as a result of a workplace exposure, the employee should be entitled to state law protections. Accordingly, if an employee contracts COVID-19 due to a workplace exposure, that employee should notify the employer and file a claim for workers’ compensation. That claim would cover lost wages in addition to medical costs related to the exposure. In the State of Tennessee, an employee generally has 30 days to report a workplace injury or occupational disease in writing to the employer, unless the employer has actual notice. This applies also to paid interns, who are treated as employees.