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Businesses/Employers - COVID-19 Checklist

COVID-19 Information and Checklist for Businesses/Employers

Protecting Against COVID-19

Ohio agencies and officials have implemented several policies to help businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. An extensive list of assistance options, guidance on reopening, and new requirements can be found at Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp.

The Ohio Department of Health has lifted many of the mandatory business requirements put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are several newly established workplace requirements. General guidance is found below. Specific guidance for certain sectors is available here.

Employers have been ordered to:

  • Comply with state regulations on facial coverings.
  1. Require all employees to wear face coverings unless they are prohibited by law or regulation; in violation of documented industry standards; not advisable for health reasons; in violation of the business’s documented safety policies; or there is a functional/practical reason not to wear one. They also are not required for employees who work alone in an assigned work area.
  2. Practical reasons not to wear face coverings include, but are not limited to, high temperatures in facilities or employees separated by more than 6 feet on a manufacturing floor.
  • Comply with social distancing requirements of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ohio Department of Health, including, where possible:
  1. Designating 6-foot distances with signage, tape, or other means to allow for adequate social distancing between employees. This also applies to customers in lines.
  2. Having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and any customers.
  3. Establishing separate operating hours for elderly and other vulnerable populations.
  4. Posting online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and continue services by phone or in another remote manner.
  • Allow as many employees as possible to work from home by implementing policies in areas such as teleworking and video conferencing.

If employees do report to workplaces:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home until they have recovered.

  • Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are as follows: 
     
    • Employees with symptoms (including those who have tested positive and those who have not been tested) should stay home until:
      • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first began AND
      • At least 24 hours have passed since there has been no fever without use of fever-reducing medication AND
      • There has been improvement in other symptoms.

If an employee is severely immunocompromised, a healthcare provider may determine that a longer timeframe is recommended. 

  • Employees without symptoms who have lab-confirmed COVID-19 should stay home until:
     
    • At least 10 days have passed since the date of the  positive test. However, if they develop symptoms in that time period, refer instead to the criteria for people with symptoms (above).
      • If an employee is severely immunocompromised, a healthcare provider may determine that a longer timeframe is recommended. 

  • Ensure that your sick leave policies are up to date, flexible, and non-punitive to allow sick employees to stay home to care for themselves, children, or other family members. Consider encouraging employees to do a self-assessment each day to check if they have any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath).
     
  • Separate employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms from other employees and send them home immediately. Restrict their access to the business until they have recovered.
     
  • Reinforce key messages — stay home when sick, use cough and sneeze etiquette, and practice hand hygiene — to all employees, and place posters in areas where they are most likely to be seen. Provide protection supplies such as soap and water, hand sanitizer, tissues, and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
     
  • Frequently perform enhanced environmental cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, such as workstations, countertops, railings, door handles, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label. Provide disposable disinfectant wipes so that commonly used surfaces can be wiped down by employees before each use.
     
  • Be prepared to change business practices if needed to maintain critical operations (e.g., identify alternative suppliers, prioritize customers, or temporarily suspend some of your operations).

Updated Nov 2, 2020

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).


Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the COVID-19 CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.


Additional resources:

CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html.

COVID-19 Information for Businesses: https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/diseases/covid-19-information-for- businesses.


Prevention Infographic


 


Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by taking these precautions.

  • Stay home except for work or other needs
  • Wear a face covering when going out
  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from others
  • Shop at non-peak hours.
  • Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect "high-touch" surfaces often
  • Don’t work when sick
  • Call before visiting your doctor


If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)


CLEAN ALL "HIGH-TOUCH" SURFACES EVERY DAY

High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.



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