CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
August 26, 2020
Since our last communication sent out August 15th, three additional employees have tested positive. AO is continuing to follow the direction provided in the Interim Guidance for Critical Infrastructures with cleaning and monitoring employees that had close contact.
With the rising of COVID cases in Southeast Iowa and West Tennessee, remember to keep your guard up. Following is an example of how the rising cases impact us: Great River Health is reaching full capacity and has begun further restricting of visitors Monday, August 24. This decision was made to protect the health of patients, employees, and the community. Please continue to protect yourself and others at work and at home by taking preventative steps per CDC guidance.
As a reminder, if you or a household member have just one (1) symptom do not report to work. Call and report that to HR immediately. Reporting to work with symptom(s) is not allowed during this pandemic. RuthAnn is available for these calls 24/7.
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have also been reported as possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
If I have close contact with someone who test positive and is NOT in my household, do I need to report this?
Below is an overview of the FAQs that are continuing to be followed.
I am having a hard time remembering all the information I need to follow; what are the top three things I need to know?
What situations require me to stay home?
· If you or a member of your household have any of the symptoms below.
If I develop symptoms or end up testing for COVID-19 do I need to call and report that to HR?
If I or a household member get tested for COVID-19 and have NO symptoms do I need to report this?
How do I report my absence?
· On a scheduled work day you will utilize the same phone numbers that are set up for your area to report an absence.
· When you report your absence include how long you expect to be off; if you are off multiple days you do not need to call in each day.
· Due to the current situation we are asking that you provide further explanation on why you are out.
o Sick - If you experience flu-like symptoms associated with Covid-19.
o Family Sick – If a member of your household is experiencing flu-like symptoms associated with Covid-19.
o Illness – If you have other symptoms such as allergies (sneezing) or ear ache.
o Childcare – If you have to stay home due to daycare closures.
o Self-Isolate – If you have a high risk medical situation that you are choosing to be off for. Note this does require a doctor’s excuse.
o Personal Reasons – If you another situation arise that is not related to sick, illness, childcare, or self-isolate.
Am I required to use my sick and vacation while away from work?
When do I complete the return to work questionnaire?
· If you are unable to reach your supervisor please contact HR (RuthAnn or Mike).
Who should I contact if I develop symptoms on a scheduled day off?
If I get directed to stay home how long will I have to be off?
What is the process to make sure employees who are suspected or test positive do not return early?
How does the CDC guidance affect me?
1. Regular monitor yourself for fever, cough, or shortness of breath
2. Social distance as work duties permit in the workplace
3. Disinfect and Clean work spaces
4. Pre-Screen by having your temperature taken and recorded by the clinic or Fire Lt on off hours
5. Wear a masks or cloth face covering while at AO
What is the meaning of close contact?
Do I have to wear a cloth face covering while at work?
· Following the Memorandum from the Department of Defense (DoD) containing guidance for DoD facilities on the use of cloth face coverings. In areas where the six feet of social distancing are difficult to maintain, a cloth face covering will need to be worn.
· Cloth face coverings can be made from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. For more information, please visit the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
Is my cloth face covering still required if I know it will be less than 10 minutes?
I plan on traveling; is that allowed?
· The advice on travel per CDC and local guidance changes frequently. If you plan to travel please reference the CDC.
· International travel still must be reported to HR and a 14 day isolation may be required.
· Please use the links below as resources to help make a determination on traveling.
o CDC Travel Guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
o State & Territorial Health Department Websites: https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html
o Cases by state: https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/index.html#cases
o Cases by county: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/county-map.html
o Opening Up America Again: https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/
When will we have another Noon Zoom daily briefing?