COVID Guidelines For The workplace for Essential Workforce

Workplace Operations:
The following Guideline are issued by Executive Order of the Governor of Georgia, based on CDC guidelines:
-Screen and evaluate workers for symptoms of Covid-19. Workers exhibiting symptoms should not be required to report to work and told to seek medical attention.
-If in use, open sales registers must be at least 6 feet apart
-Disinfecting common surfaces regularly
(Source: Governor Kemp Executive Orders)

The following are CDC Workplace Guidelines:
-Establish policies and practices for social distancing. Alter your workspace to help workers and customers maintain social distancing and physically separate employees from each other and from customers
See: CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
-Clean and Disinfect the workspace, with special cleaning protocols after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the workplace.
See: CDC Guidance Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility on their website, this includes a list of approved cleaners.

Best Practices from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
For all workers, regardless of specific exposure risks, it is always a good practice to:
-Wear cloth face coverings, at a minimum, at all times when around coworkers or the general public.
-Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are not immediately available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol as active ingredients and rub hands together until they are dry. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
-Practice good respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes or coughing/sneezing into your elbow/upper sleeve.
-Avoid close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with people who are visibly sick and practice physical distancing with coworkers and the public.
-Stay home if sick.
(Source: OSHA COVID-10 Control and Prevention)

For Covid-19 Exposure:
If you are symptomatic:
Critical infrastructure workers who develop a temperature equal to or higher than 100.4 or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should immediately separate themselves from others, inform their established point of contact at their workplace (e.g., supervisor or occupational health program), and arrange for medical evaluation and testing.

If you
are not symptomatic:
Employers may consider allowing exposed and asymptomatic critical infrastructure workers to continue to work in select instances when it is necessary to preserve the function of critical infrastructure workplaces. This option should be used as a last resort and only in limited circumstances, such as when cessation of operation of a facility may cause serious harm or danger to public health or safety.

(Source: COVID-19 Critical Infrastructure Sector Response Planning)

Return to Work Guidelines:
Quarantine can end after ten days if no symptoms occurred, but if symptoms occurred the CDC recommends a 14 day quarantine.

(Source: CDC Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing)

Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:
At least 10 days* have passed since symptom onset and;
At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and;
Other symptoms have improved.
(Source: Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 Not in Healthcare )

If you need a COVID-19 Test: