The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce encourages fact-based decision making on the Coronavirus and points to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a primary resource. Now is the time to prepare, not panic.
Below, useful tips and resources to help prepare your organization and teams.
Key considerations from the CDC include:
- Decide how to handle spikes in potential absenteeism
- Cross-train employees on essential functions in case of employee absence
- Determine whether flex working is an option
- Assess your essential functions and reliance on others – be prepared to change your business practices if needed to maintain critical operations
- Create an employee communications plan
- Coordinate with state and local health officials
- Make a business continuity plan
- Sanitize commonly touched surfaces and objects regularly
Implement best health practices to prevent/limit workplace exposure:
- Avoid close contact.
- Clean your hands by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water
- Stay home if you are a family member is sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose, and avoid touching your eyes, nose
Regularly sanitize commonly touched surfaces and objects.
- Practice other good health habits.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
Other areas to monitor:
- Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Noticesbefore any international travel
- Beware Coronavirus scams, such as Websites selling bogus products, as well as fake emails, texts and social media posts designed to steal people’s money and personal information.
- Sign up for emails from the CDC
- Review S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s coronavirus resource page
- Updates from Gov. Brian Kemp
- CDC interim guidance for business
|RESOURCES TO PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS
Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention
ABOUT COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
World Health Organization Video Explainer