Guidance for Employees
- Practice good personal health habits – Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone at work of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (CDC’s guide to washing your hands)
- Avoid close contact with people, practice social distancing (6ft).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth when you cough, or sneeze into a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
- Get creative and think about offering phone or video chat meetings instead of in-person.
- Avoid shaking hands, utilize other greeting methods.
- Inform your workplace if you need to change your regular work schedule
- Notify your workplace as soon as possible if your schedule changes. Ask to work from home or take leave if you or someone in your household gets sick with COVID-19 symptoms, or if your child’s school is dismissed temporarily.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g. television remotes, mobile phones, earphones, desk surfaces and your computer mouse, door handles and knobs. etc.) using a regular household detergent and water.
Planning, looking ahead
- Review your sick leave policy and know what leave you have available.
- Discuss with your supervisor what to do if you or a family member becomes sick.
- Know about emergency operations plans for workplaces/schools of household members.
- Establish ways to communicate with supervisors, co-workers, etc.
- Be prepared to work from home (e.g. what work can be done at home, do I have a computer/laptop, can I access files, etc).
- Working Remotely Resources
- Cisco offers WebEx videoconferencing tool without time restrictions for up 100 participants for 90 days
- Google announced its G Suit and G Suit for Education customers will receive free Hangouts Meet videoconferencing until July 1
- Microsoft offers 6-month Office 365 trial including Teams tool (instant messaging, workflow tools, videoconferencing and more)
- LogMeIn is giving organization “Emergency Remote Work Kits”, which includes three months of GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar
- Working Remotely Resources
- Have supplies on hand. Prepare by making sure you have things you will need, such as:
- Extra prescription medications
- Over-the counter medications and other medical supplies
- Groceries and other household items
- If you have children in school, discuss with your supervisor what to do if your child’s school is dismissed.
- If needing to travel, check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for latest guidance and recommendations.
What to do if you have a confirmed case
- Notify your supervisor and stay home if you are sick.
- If you are well but have a sick family member at home with COVID-19, you should notify your supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of you potential exposure.
- If another employee in the workplace is confirmed to have COVID-19, your employer will inform you. If you are an employees who was exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19, you should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of your potential exposure.