The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board has voted to approve a Final Permanent Standard (Final Standard) related to COVID-19. It is anticipated that Governor Northam will soon approve the Final Standard, which sets forth health and safety requirements related to COVID-19 for all Virginia employers and is expected become effective on January 27, 2021. With a few relatively minor exceptions, the Final Standard largely adopts obligations already in place under the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that Virginia adopted this past July and is scheduled to expire on January 26, 2021. One of the changes provides that under the Final Standard, employers need only notify the Department of Health of positive COVID-19 tests if two cases are uncovered within 14 days. The ETS mandated that an employer notify the state Department of Health each time an employee was confirmed as COVID-19 positive. In another change, the Final Standard will no longer allow employers to rely on negative COVID tests as the basis for employees to return to work.