What can private businesses do to help?

  • Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies
  • Separate sick employees.  For respiratory illness, provide them with a mask and send them home.
  • We are asking all businesses to have employees take their temperature every day before coming to work. If possible, monitor employees before they enter the building. If they have an elevated temperature, have them stay home. This is not perfect, but it will help limit exposure to sick employees. (source: March 18 press conference)
  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Promote respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees:
    • Provide tissues and no-touch trash cans
    • Ask employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained. Place hand rub in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene.
    • Perform routine environmental cleaning, including all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs.
    • Be aggressive in your cleaning measures.
  • Advise employees to follow CDC’s travel guidance
  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.

SOURCE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

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