The 24/7 news cycle can create hyper awareness of world health issues that may create anxiety. Among many items in the national news, you have undoubtedly heard about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The ESD will be reviewing our own pandemic preparedness plans to ensure we are prepared for the unlikely event of agency closure. We are confident that we can maintain the health & safety of our employees, and meet our obligations during critical employee absence or, a potential shutdown of any of our ESD locations.
We have business continuity plans to ensure critical functions, like payroll, are covered during staff absences or facilities closures.
What Are the Chances?
Currently, you are much more likely to contract the common flu than the coronavirus. The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 29 million flu illnesses, 280,000 hospitalizations, and 16,000 related deaths in the United States alone. As of February 23, 14 COVID-19 cases had been diagnosed in the following six states: Arizona (one case), California (eight), Illinois (two), Massachusetts (one), Washington (one), and Wisconsin (one).
To decrease your chance of infection:
- Wash your hands with soap & water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizing products are a good second choice.
- Clean & disinfect surfaces and objects such as keyboards, doorknobs, and telephones.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth throughout the day to prevent germs from entering your body.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or tissue.
- Stay home when you are sick for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone.
- Get a flu shot. (It’s not too late!)