Recommendations For Businesses Preparing For COVID-19

The Arizona Department of Health Services has compiled recommendations for businesses navigating the issues presented by COVID-19:

How to prepare for COVID-19

  • Ensure your business has a flexible response plan and refine plans as needed for:
    • Varying levels of severity of disease (i.e., number of sick individuals, hospitalization, death) in the community where the business is located.
    • Impact of disease on employees that are more vulnerable and may be at higher risk for adverse health complications (e.g., older adults, chronic illness, etc.).
    • Share plans with employees and explain what human resources policies, workplace and leave flexibilities, and pay/benefits will be available to them.
  • Share best practices with other businesses in your communities (especially those in your supply chain), chambers of commerce, and associations to improve community response efforts.
  • Prepare for increased absence in employees due to illness in employees, their family members, or early dismissal of early childhood programs and K-12 schools.
    • Employers should plan to monitor and respond to absenteeism at the workplace. Implement plans to continue your essential business functions in case you experience higher than usual absenteeism (e.g., telework options, cross-training, etc.).
    • Assess essential functions of business operations and be prepared in the event to change suppliers, prioritization for operations, or temporary suspension of business operations.
  • Employers with multiple business locations are encouraged to provide local managers with the authority to take appropriate actions outlined in their business infectious disease outbreak response plan, based on the condition in each locality.
  • Businesses that require their employees to travel should check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations on country specific travel.
    • Employees who become ill before traveling should reschedule travel plans and remain at home.
    • Employees traveling outside of the United States should follow their company policy for obtaining medical care if they become sick while traveling.
    • Employees returning from travel within or outside of the U.S. who are not sick should be allowed to return to work unless otherwise indicated by public health.

Recommendations and Control Measures for Employees Exposed to COVID-19

  • Contact your local health department for questions in regards to:
    • Sick employees with recent travel.
    • Potential exposure of COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • If staff have tested positive for COVID-19, they should remain under home isolation precautions for 7 days from specimen collection OR until 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms of acute infection resolve, whichever is longer.
  • If staff have fever with cough or shortness of breath and have not been tested for COVID-19, they should stay home, away from others until 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms for acute infection resolve.
  • If staff have other symptoms and have not been tested for COVID-19, they should return to work according to facility policy for respiratory illness.
  • If staff have symptoms and have tested negative for COVID-19, they should return to work according to facility policy for respiratory illness.

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