2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recommendations:
For up to date information on COVID-19 visit health.mesacounty.us
Latest Update March 26, 2020
Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6 a.m., Colorado is officially under a stay at home order. Information and guidance will be updated as information is available. For the full order click here.
March 23, 2020
Guidance regarding Executive Order 2020 013, directing all employers to reduce in-person work by at least fifty (50) percent, and to implement telework options to the greatest extent possible.
- This order is effective from March 24, 2020, through at least 11:59 PM April 10th, 2020.
- If telework is not practical or possible, employers are encouraged to stagger work schedules to reduce the proximity of employees during work hours and to keep employees on the payroll.
- This Executive Order does not apply to any employer that can certify that employees are no closer than six feet from one another during any part of their work hours, and does not apply to any “critical workplaces”, outlined below.
- Critical businesses (listed below): the 50% reduction in workforce will not apply, but social distancing (6 feet apart) and gathering no more than 10 people does apply, to the extent possible.
- Non-critical businesses (e.g., a retail storefront that sells goods other than food): the 50% reduction in workforce does apply. This can be done by implementing teleworking, staggering your workforce, or using other tools. Social distancing and gathering no more than 10 people also applies.
- If you can show that your employees and customers can maintain a distance of six feet from one another during work hours, you can fill out a waiver form that allows your business to continue operating at more than 50%. This “Self-certification for businesses” attestation form is also available now at covid19.colorado.gov/schools-workplaces-community.
The critical workplaces that are exempt include:
- Health care operations.
- Critical Infrastructure, including utilities, fuel supply, and transmission, public water, telecommunications, transportation, hotels, organizations that provide for disadvantaged people, and food supply chain.
- Critical Manufacturing, including food, beverages, chemicals, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, agriculture.
- Critical Retail, including grocery stores, liquor stores, farms, gas stations, restaurants and bars for takeout, marijuana dispensaries but only for medical or curbside delivery, hardware stores.
- Critical Services, including trash and recycling, mail, shipping, laundromats, child care, building cleaning and maintenance, auto supply and repair, warehouses/distribution, funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries, animal shelters and rescues.
- News Media.
- Financial Institutions.
- Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations.
- Public Safety Services like law enforcement, fire prevention and response, EMTs, security, disinfection, cleaning, building code enforcement, snow removal, auto repair.
- Vendors that Provide Critical Services or Products including logistics, child care, tech support, or contractors with critical government services.
- Critical Government Functions.
General Business Guidance
Outbreaks like COVID-19 can have moderate to severe impacts on businesses and organizations that are unprepared to take steps to prevent and respond to the spread of illness in the workplace. Some of the steps you can take are:
- Prepare a clear communication plan for continuity impacts.
- Staff notifications and alerts- especially during sudden impact events when notifications cannot be made (disabled cellular towers).
- What effect can you expect from COVID-19 in our community?
- Changes to commerce patterns impacted by international events
- Changes in the supply chain and delivery schedules
- Need for social distancing impacting worker anxiety and stigma associated with ill employees
- Develop flexible leave policies for use during outbreaks like COVID19.
- Allow for additional sick time for those with COVID-like illness (fever, cough, respiratory illness). Flexible policies should also allow time to take care of sick family members.
- Waive the “sick-note” policy to return to work. This places an unnecessary burden on the healthcare system.
- Remember: hourly employees may need added incentive to remain at home if sick.
- Emphasize common-sense practices like covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands often.
- Increase workplace cleaning: high-touch surfaces (doorknobs, phones, keyboards, etc.) and public areas (restrooms, waiting rooms, breakrooms).
- Discontinue unnecessary, out-of-office/travel until risk has passed. Ensure your staff is aware of the locations of high risk prior to breaks and vacations.
- Separate out sick employees and encourage them to remain at home until they are symptom-free for at least 24hrs.
- Prepare for possible increased numbers of employee absences due to illness in employees and their family members.
- Identify staff that are cross-trained to cover for ill employees.
- Monitor employee absenteeism and conduct a business process review to identify staff that are mission essential. Reduce the workload of non-mission essential functions and reassign them to critical functions.
- Allow for telework when possible to ensure an adequate number of mission-essential employees are available.
- Resources may be in short supply due to supply chain impacts and travel guidelines.
- Keep a two week supply of essential cleaning supplies and stock up on mission-critical materials to minimize the burden of frequent reordering.
- Encourage staff and their families to have a personal preparedness plan for things like medications, baby formula, pets supplies, and notification during emergencies (especially if you are a healthcare worker or first responder).
If you are a supervisor or manager, the minimum information you would need written down in case you are unable to perform your duties:
- Impacts if this service is not performed are…
- Other locations or hours this service could be performed if staffing could not be maintained at current levels are...
- The recovery time objective (maximum amount of time service could be unavailable) is…
- The partners that rely on me/this service are...
- The minimum staff and resources that must be available to continue operations are…
- If I am unavailable in an emergency, the secondary point of contact, and how to contact them is…
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