COVID-19 Business Resources
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in China.
Create a Plan - Strategies for Business
A well-designed plan can protect your employees and minimize the impact to your business, or organization, during a disease outbreak. Now is the time to prepare for the possibility of widespread person-to-person transmission of COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control has published guidance for businesses on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website, the state of California has recently published their own website for general information here, and finally our local Tuolumne County Health Department has information here.
ADDITIONAL STEPS FOR EMPLOYERS
Prepare for social distancing to prevent spread of disease. Consider allowing telecommuting, flexible work hours (e.g. staggered shifts) where possible.
- Be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.
- Prepare for employee absences resulting from personal illness, caring for ill family members, and school or childcare closures.
- To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described by CDC to determine risk of COVID-19
NATIONAL RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
- U.S. Small Business Administration
- U.S Small Business Association Local Assistance
- OSHA (U.S. Department of Labor)
- Department of Health & Human Services, Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist
- Department of Homeland Security (Ready.gov)
- Internal Revenue Service
CALIFORNIA RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS
- California Department of Public Health
- Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
- Labor and Workforce Development Agency
- Employment Development Department
- Department of Industrial Relations (Cal/OSHA)
- America’s Job Centers
- California Restaurant Association
- California Department of Insurance
- Visit California
- California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
Actively Encourage Sick Employees to Stay Home:
- Ask employees who are sick to stay home when sick. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: Fever, cough and shortness of breath and appear 2- 14 days after exposure.
- Ensure that sick leave policies are flexible and be sure that employees are aware of these policies.
- Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick. Healthcare providers may be extremely busy and unable to provide timely documentation.
Apply Infection Control Measures at the Workplace
- Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and handwashing in high visibility workplace areas.
- Instruct employees to clean hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or by washing for at least 20 seconds.
- Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Place hand rubs in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.
- Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
- Routinely clean all commonly touched surfaces. Use the cleaning agents normally used in these areas.
- Separate employees who become ill during the workday in a designated space if they are awaiting transportation.