As a result of the increased discussion about novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to provide some information that we have found to be helpful.  The first link answers many questions employers may have about best practices for handling an employee who has potentially become infected with COVID-19.

In addition to staying informed, there are some things you can do to help reduce the anxiety associated with COVID-19.

Think About Your Response Plans
Think about what your company will do if you have an employee who tests positive for COVID-19. Consider the impact on employees if schools or daycares in the area close. Do you have employees who could work from home? If so, consider what equipment might be necessary to make that happen. Review your sick leave and paid time off policies so you can answer any questions employees may have. Making these types of plans now will make it easier to implement solutions quickly.

Be Supportive of Employees
The spread of COVID-19 has been frightening and confusing for a lot of people. The symptoms and transmission are similar to seasonal illnesses that are routinely spread in the community around this time of year. On their own, these symptoms are not necessarily associated with COVID-19, but employees should remain vigilant to prevent the spread of all illnesses.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employees to train workers on elements of infection prevention related to COVID-19. Here are some tips you can share with employees to help prevent the spread of illness. 

  • If you have flu-like symptoms, including fever and respiratory symptoms such as a cough, please speak with your supervisor to consider options, which may include staying home until 24 hours after your fever ends without the use of medication, as recommended by the CDC. Your supervisor can address questions or concerns you may have about maintaining your work while you are ill.
  • Wash your hands often. This includes after using the restroom, after you cough or sneeze, and before and after you eat.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or your upper sleeve. Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes as much as possible.
  • Keep your desk area clean.

Here is a link to a flyer provided by the Utah Department of Health about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that you can post in your workplace or share with employees: COVID-19 Flyer

We are keeping a close eye on COVID-19 and will continue to provide updates as needed. If you have any specific questions, please reach out to our Human Resources team at (801) 443-1090 or humanresources@helpside.com