As promised, we have been keeping a close watch on the spread of the virus and the responses of businesses in affected areas to the potential threat caused by COVID-19 to their workforces and visitors. Late in the evening on March 10, the first confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan were announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and public health officials.
Many of our clients have put out communication regarding COVID-19. In that communication, many of our clients have urged workers to take advantage of working remotely. If our client has made this option available to you, OpTech strongly urges you to take advantage of the opportunity.
If you do take advantage of remote work, please keep in mind the responsibility that you have to maintain the level of productivity that would occur onsite. Please keep in mind that often times when consultants work remotely productivity is even more closely monitored.
If you do not have the ability to work remote the CDC urges you to do the following to reduce your risk:
If you don’t feel well, stay home. If you don’t have the ability to work from home, you should use PTO/sick time until you are symptom free. As mentioned above, we also encourage colleagues to refrain from physical contact such as shaking hands. Please note that, according to the CDC, masks are not protective and do not prevent you from getting the virus.
We also highly recommend you refresh your knowledge of general hygiene practices, which are useful in protecting you from any viruses, and remain diligent in their use. These include:
The CDC lists the following as symptoms of COVID-19:
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include but are not limited to:
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