Despite ongoing rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations, the pandemic is still very much at large and a risk to your team’s health and safety. To help keep your workplace safe, here are 3 new COVID-19 guidelines you should know.
1. Recent Vaccine Updates – The proposed rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S, was recently announced as a 2-3 phase plan, with vaccine eligibility determined by a person’s age, high-risk conditions and occupation. Phase 1 has started to rollout in most U.S. states and territories, with healthcare professionals, frontline workers, elderly residents of long-term care facilities and people with high-risk conditions receiving their first and second doses. You can find more updates on local rollouts and view your team’s tentative vaccine schedule on your state’s local health department website.
2. Current Mask Recommendations – With the recent discovery of a third coronavirus variant, the CDC has urged the public to wear masks with at least 2-3 layers that fully cover the nose and mouth. The CDC has also continued to emphasize the importance of maintaining 6 feet or more distance from people outside of your direct household. If you haven’t already, now is the time to provide your team with more PPE, add extra room for social distancing and install workstation shields to desks.
3. New Quarantine Guidelines – While the CDC still recommends 14 full days of quarantine upon possible exposure or symptoms of COVID-19, a new shortened quarantine alternative ending after 10 days has been accepted by several public health authorities for contacts of a person with the infection, (if no symptoms are displayed). This new safety guideline is important to consider as you continue to improve safety protocols for your workplace and reframe your business’s response to COVID-19.