With businesses starting to reopen and employees returning to work, the CDC, state and most healthcare workers recommend taking precautions to help ensure you, your staff and your customers stay safe and healthy. We sat down with Dr. Tony Euser, Founder and CEO of Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine, to discuss what guidelines employers and staff should follow as they begin retuning to work.
Monitoring Temperatures and Asking About Symptoms Daily:
A fever is one of the most common signs of infection and illness.
- Check your employees temperatures daily or have them report their temperature before coming in to work. If their temperature is above 100.4° ask that they stay home.
- Regularly ask your employees if they are experiencing symptoms of illness (cough, shortness of breath, headaches, and so on). If they are experiencing symptoms of illness, they should stay home and consider being tested for COVID-19.
- Make a visual inspection of the employee for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks or fatigue
Have All Employees and Customers Wear Face Masks
- When wearing a face mask, cover your mouth and nose. Make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
- Avoid touching the mask. If you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Wash your mask regularly. Do not re-use single-use masks.
Regularly Clean & Sanitize
- Regularly Clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Clean and Sanitize surfaces that are considered “high touch” (doorknobs, handles, counter tops, desk phones, faucets, and so on) at least twice a day.
Maintain Proper Social Distancing
- If possible try to have employees keep 6ft of distance between themselves and others.
- Erect plastic partitions between employees and customers.
- Make sure you have floor markers in place that customers can use as a spacing guides.
What To Do If An Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19
- Alert anyone that might have had close contact with the employee who tested positive, but be sure to maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Monitor their symptoms, if they become symptomatic they should be tested for COVID-19.
- Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting to minimize potential for other employees being exposed to respiratory droplets. If waiting 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine offers COVID-19 testing. We provide treatment for all patients regardless of their test results. To learn more about our COVID-19 testing process, please click here.