COVID-19 – Updated Safety Guidelines
As medical and science experts continue to analyze new information and data, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) continues to provide updates on what YOU should do to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, or infecting other people if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus). Visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for information!
We now know that the virus is spread mainly from person-to-person, and primarily:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet);
- Through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs; and possibly by
- Touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching your mouth, nose, eyes.
Common COVID-19 symptoms: fever, dry-cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms could include chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell. Some people will remain asymptomatic – have no symptoms at all. People are thought to be most contagious when they have the symptoms of coronavirus, but even with no symptoms, an infected person could infect you! You may experience symptoms from 2 – 14 days after you are exposed to coronavirus!
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 it is extremely important for all VSC employees to adhere to the following criteria:
- If you feel sick, stay at home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider. Report your absence to your manager.
- Wash Hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds – sing the Happy Birthday song twice while you wash. Dry your hands thoroughly. Use Hand Sanitizer containing 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth. You can transfer germs from your fingers & hands and infect yourself.
- Follow Social Distancing Rules: stay at least 6 feet away from other people to avoid an infected person’s germs.
- Wear cloth face coverings (masks) described on the CDC website when you are in public settings, and in the workplace where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Practice “respiratory etiquette” – cover your cough with tissues. Sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue & place the tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands.
- Frequently disinfect commonly used hard surfaces such as: tools, handles, doorknobs, phones, tablets, faucets, etc.
- Do not use co-worker tools, equipment, phones, desks, offices, etc., that you have not properly disinfected.
- If you have been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19, immediately notify your manager so that the CDC’s “Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers” can be applied to your specific situation.
- VSC employees will not travel to any location subject to a CDC travel advisory. If you traveled to a location identified by the CDC in the past 14 days, you must notify your manager immediately.
- If you develop symptoms while at work, immediately go home, contact your medical provider and notify your manager.
- If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you must notify VSC’s HR Department and your manager immediately.
- VSC management will notify a customer if a VSC employee diagnosed with COVID-19 was on their job site.
COVID-19 diagnosed employees may not return to work until: At least 7 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared; AND you are fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medications; AND other symptoms have resolved.