WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRIS (COVID-19)?
- It is a virus related to other coronaviruses that cause the common cold, but can cause much more serious health effects.
- It is highly contagious, spreading from person to person.
- In just a few months, it has infected millions of people worldwide.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF INFECTION?
- COVID-19 typically causes mild respiratory illness, but can cause severe disease, including pneumonia-like illness.
- Typical symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
- Other symptoms are chills, muscle aches, sore throat, loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.
- Symptoms begin 2-14 days after exposure.
- Some people have no symptoms.
HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED?
- It is transmitted from person to person mainly through respiratory droplets from someone who is infected.
- It can be transmitted to others from coughing, sneezing, singing and even talking.
- It also can be transmitted from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.
- Infected people without symptoms can transmit the virus.
What to do if I feel sick?
- If you believe you may have the coronavirus, contact your administrator or department supervisor, stay home and call your healthcare provider.
- Inform your Administrator or Department Manager and that will allow them to work with Human Resources and Health Services.
WHEN TO STAY AT HOME
If you have been sick, you can return to school when:
- At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery- defined as no fever without the use of medications and improvement in respiratory signs like cough and shortness of breath:
- At least 10 days have passed since signs first showed up QB
- It has been at least three days (72hours) since recovery
- a healthcare provider has certified that the staff does not have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
If a person believes they have had close contact to someone with COVID-19, but they are not sick, they should watch their health for signs of fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other COVID19 symptoms during the 14 days after the last day they were in close contact with the person sick with COVID-19. They should not go to work, childcare, school, or public places for 14 days.
WHO IS AT RISK AT WORK?
Extremely High Risk: Healthcare workers treating or caring for coronavirus infected patients.
High Risk: Dental workers treating patients known or suspected to be infected with coronavirus.
Medium Risk: Any job requiring you to work either:
several times a day within 6 feet of others for several minutes at a time without physical barriers or other prevention measures in place;
in a room with 3-6 coworkers providing personal services to healthy clients wearing a face covering.
Examples: grocery store stockers, public transit drivers, kitchen workers, hair salons
Low Risk: Jobs where you can mostly stay at least 6 feet away from coworkers; only needing to briefly pass by them a few times a day.
Negligible (very low) Risk: When you work alone, or work around but separate from several other people; and you only pass by them once or twice a day.
How to Protect Yourself and Others
- Keep social distance of at least 6 feet.
- Practice frequent hand washing for 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Frequently sanitize work surfaces and tools.
- Cover coughs and sneezes and wear a face covering.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid others who appear sick.
FACE COVERINGS, MASKS AND RESPIRATORS
- All three help prevent risk for spreading the virus to others.
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 40% of infections come from people with no symptoms.
- Depending on your job, level of risk, and whether prevention measures like physical barriers are used, you may be required to wear a face covering, mask, or respirator.
RIDGEFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT PROCEDURES FOR PROTECTION AGAINST COVID-19
- All employees must adhere to social distancing guidelines (6 feet) in order to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.
- All employees must adhere to social distance markings, such as floor markings, that indicate appropriate spacing.
- Administrator/designee will be identified as a social distance monitor at each site to ensure social distancing practices are consistently followed.
- All employees must frequently and adequately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when arriving to work, before meals/snacks, after using the restroom, after leaving workstations, after nose blowing or sneezing, after touching a contaminated surface, and before leaving for home. If soap and water is unavailable, employees must use hand sanitizer.
- All employees must refrain from touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands or gloves.
- All employees must wear a face covering at all times when around others.
- All employees must cover all coughs or sneezes.
- ABM will continue to provide a comprehensive cleaning program. Do not bring your own disinfectant or cleaning products to work. Some cleaning products may leave a toxic residue that can be hazardous to materials or when it comes in contact with skin.
- All employees must stay home or go home if they feel ill. Employees must notify their administrator if they are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.
- Any employee who has been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus must stay home and notify your administrator or department supervisor.
- All employees who have tested positive for coronavirus must stay home, notify your administrator or department supervisor and follow recommendations of your healthcare provider. Clark County Public Health notifies health services of all confirmed cases.
Employee Health Certification/Attestation Daily Sign-In Sheet
Employees who are expected to report to work daily must complete a certification/attestation to confirm that they are not experiencing any of the symptoms outlined on the certification/attestation form.
- The daily sign-in sheet will be required to be completed upon arrival.
- Administrators and Department Managers will notify all employees the location for the daily sign-in.
- When an employee leaves the worksite they will be required to log their time when leaving for contact tracing purposes.
- If an employee returns to the worksite they will be required to re-certify/re-attest
If you have additional questions, please direct them to your site Administrator, Department Manager or the Human Resources Department.
You have the right to:
- Raise a safety or health concern with your employer or L & I - DOSH, request personal protective equipment, or report a work-related hazard, including COVID-19.
- Receive information and training on job hazards in your workplace.