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The Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services has received numerous calls from local business owners and employees about what precautions can be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending certain measures to businesses to help limit workplace exposure. See below for specific guidance from the CDC.
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including nCoV, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.
To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described below to determine risk of nCoV infection. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed coronavirus infection. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing. Updates are available on CDC’s web page at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home:
Separate sick employees:
Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees:
Perform routine environmental cleaning:
Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps:
Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:
More information about COVID-19 is available on the CDC’s website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.
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