COVID-19 and Businesses
Prevention is Key!
- Follow the policies and procedures of the employer related to illness, cleaning and disinfecting, and work meetings and travel.
- Stay home if sick, except to get medical care.
- Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet away from fellow co-employees, customers, and visitors when possible.
- Wear cloth face coverings over the nose and mouth at all times when around others.
- Employees should inform their supervisor if they or their colleagues develop symptoms at work. No one with COVID-19 symptoms should be present at the workplace.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing noses, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Ensure employees are socially distanced in the break room. When not eating or drinking, masks should be worn.
- Smoking breaks should be taken alone.
- To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, etc.
- Where possible, avoid direct physical contact such as shaking hands with people.
- Minimize handling cash, credit cards, and mobile or electronic devices when possible.
- Avoid all non-essential travel.
Close Contact to a Positive Case:
A close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic positive case, 2 days prior to a positive specimen collection) until the time the positive case is isolated.
A negative Covid-19 test does not take the place of quarantine. The negative test only shows that they are negative at that time but it can take up to 14 days to become infected.
- Ideally, a close contact should be quarantined for 14 days from the last day of exposure to the infected person.
- The close contact can test to know their baseline BUT a negative test doesn’t mean they will not become infected. It can take up to 14 days to become infected which is why quarantine is 14 days.
- A contact of a close contact does not need be quarantined or be concerned…unless the close contact becomes positive for COVID-19. Example: if a spouse was exposed to someone with COVID-19 (close contact) they need to quarantine; however, the other spouse is considered a contact of a contact and does not need to quarantine. (Please refer to the LLHD Fact Sheet on Quarantine)
- As soon as any symptoms develop, the employee must leave work and plan to be tested. (see LLHD web site for test locations). The employee must be isolated at home while waiting for the results.
- Employees should report their results to their supervisor so it can be determined who is a close contact and should be quarantined.
- Employees who test positive must isolate at home away from family members for 10 days. They may return to work after the 10 days if their symptoms are improved and have been fever free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication. Further testing is not recommended as tests may continue to be positive due to RNA fragments still present. Research has shown that people are not infectious after 9 days.
- The supervisor needs to work with the case to determine close contacts in the workplace. Please look back 48 hours before the symptoms started or the test date (if asymptomatic) and anyone who is considered a close contact (spent a total of 15 minutes of more in under 6 feet regardless of mask wearing) must be quarantined to protect against possible transmission to others.
- The positive case needs to take their temperature and monitor symptoms daily (please refer to the LLHD Fact Sheet on Isolation).
- The household of the positive case must quarantine for 14 days starting from the date/time that the person isolated self from others. They should monitor their temperature and any symptoms daily.
Working with Ledge Light Health District
Please report positive cases to us so we can assist in contact tracing and offer guidance. We want to ensure that your business continues to operate safely but there will be times that we will suggest that closure may be the only way to prevent further transmission.
Transparency with your employees and customers is important to demonstrate they are valued.
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- YNHH: Yale New Haven Health
- CTDPH: Connecticut Department of Public Health
- CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
- NIH – National Institute of Health