Protect your business and workforce during COVID-19 outbreak
At Medical City Healthcare, the health and safety of our patients, employees, and communities is our first priority and we remain ever vigilant in our mission and commitment to the care and improvement of human life. As our facilities and communities prepare for the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we share some of our safety precautions and best practices to help area businesses and non-profit organizations safeguard their workforces and workplaces.
Get the facts from a trusted source
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, we urge you to stay abreast of the current safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Coronavirus (COVID-19) website, and what’s happening in your community from local county and state officials.
Ask employees, vendors and partners to self-screen daily
To minimize the risk of exposure to a communicable illness, sick employees should stay home. Ask every individual – and those visiting your organization – to selfscreen and ensure their health before coming to the facility. If they’re experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath – common symptoms associated with COVID-19, have them call their doctor or county health department to see if they need to seek immediate help.
Visit Medical City Virtual Care online
Medical City Virtual Care is a convenient option for people who are concerned that they may be at risk for COVID-19. The screening visit is free of charge at Medical City Virtual Care. Use of the site will help direct concerned individuals to the appropriate level of care while protecting emergency resources for patients who need it the most. Appointments are not necessary and the site is easily accessed from a smartphone or computer 24/7.
Follow standard recommended safety protocols
If an employee, vendor or partner experiences symptoms – or becomes exposed to someone with symptoms, ask them to work remotely and follow the recommended CDC protocols for self-isolating. This precaution will help prevent inadvertent exposure of others to the virus or spreading germs.
With vacation season at hand, it’s more important than ever to have a plan in place for those who might be travelling to areas – both domestic and abroad – hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. Follow strict guidelines set by the CDC and/or your county and state health departments for those who’ve visited high-risk areas. Or make it your company policy that requires these travelers to work from home for a set amount of time until they’re deemed safe and noncontagious.
Know who is at risk
For many people, COVID-19 will present in a mild manner – very similar to the flu – and they can recover safely at home with rest and fluids. People at highest risk are those over age 60 and who have a chronic medical disease or illness.
Limit visitors and vendors
During this time of heightened focus on wellness and infection prevention, you may need to consider instituting:
- Consolidated access points to your building
- Centralizing deliveries to one location
- Cancelling/rescheduling nonessential meetings or large gatherings
- Limiting travel and conducting business virtually in the short term
Reinforce the importance of hand washing and cleanliness
The single most important thing all of us can do is wash our hands – and wash them often. Health experts recommend using either soap-and- water or alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds (the amount of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice). And remind them to avoid touching their face, nose and mouth as that is how viruses like COVID-19 are spread.
Make sure you have adequate supplies throughout your office and/or facilities. Consider placing highly visible “protection kits” of antibacterial soap/hand sanitizer, tissues and disinfectant wipes in such high-traffic areas as break rooms/cafés, near the time clock, or at entry/exit points. Encourage employees to frequently clean cell phones, devices, keyboards, door knobs and workplace surfaces.
Communicate your efforts and keep everyone informed
The safety of your employees and organization is critical, so let everyone know that you’re implementing safety measures out of an abundance of caution.
- Consider posting signs at entrances indicating that you request employees – and clients and other visitors – who aren’t feeling well go home and return when they’re better.
- Post updates on your company website and intranet to let others know that you’re taking action as a community leader to keep everyone safe.