Coronavirus: Resources to Prepare Your Business

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
    or mouth.
    Regularly sanitize commonly touched surfaces and objects.
  • Practice other good health habits.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

Other areas to monitor:



Communicate with Employees 

Preparing your Workplace 

Pandemic Guidance

Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention

Workplace Tips for Employees

Guidance for Employers




About the Coronavirus Disease 2019

Confirmed Cases in the U.S.

World Health Organization Video Explainer

CDC: Frequently Asked Questions