Guidance for Employees


  • Practice good personal health habits – Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone at work of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses: 
    • Stay home if you are sick. 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (CDC’s guide to washing your hands
    • Avoid close contact with people, practice social distancing (6ft). 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
    • Cover your mouth when you cough, or sneeze into a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available). 
    • Get creative and think about offering phone or video chat meetings instead of in-person. 
    • Avoid shaking hands, utilize other greeting methods. 
  • Inform your workplace if you need to change your regular work schedule 
    • Notify your workplace as soon as possible if your schedule changes. Ask to work from home or take leave if you or someone in your household gets sick with COVID-19 symptoms, or if your child’s school is dismissed temporarily. 


  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g. television remotes, mobile phones, earphones, desk surfaces and your computer mouse, door handles and knobs. etc.) using a regular household detergent and water.  

Planning, looking ahead 

What to do if you have a confirmed case 

  • Notify your supervisor and stay home if you are sick. 
  • If you are well but have a sick family member at home with COVID-19, you should notify your supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of you potential exposure. 
  • If another employee in the workplace is confirmed to have COVID-19, your employer will inform you. If you are an employees who was exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19, you should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of your potential exposure. 

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