Coronavirus Information and Resources for Businesses
At the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, we want to make sure the business community has the correct information and resources needed to understand what is happening with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Right now, there are no reported cases of the Coronavirus in Escambia County and we want our residents and visitors to know that Pensacola and Escambia County are Open for Business! Operations at the Greater Pensacola Chamber are continuing as normal.
I am in daily contact with government health agencies on the local, state, and federal level that are providing the latest developments related to Coronavirus. There is a great deal of misinformation that is being shared so I strongly encourage you to get your information only from official government sources.
Below are recommended strategies for employers to use and official resources for your business.
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home:
- Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
- Employers should maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member. Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.
- CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
Perform routine environmental cleaning and encourage hand hygiene:
- Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
- Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.
- Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
- Instruct employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
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