In response to the rising cases of COVID-19’s Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control issued updated guidance on July 27, 2021. Fully vaccinated individuals within a hot spot should wear a mask while indoors in public places to mitigate the risk of catching and spreading COVID. Regardless of location, unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear their masks and are encouraged to get vaccinated.
The CDC also recommends fully vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 should get tested 3-5 days after the exposure, even if they aren’t showing symptoms. Masks should also be worn for 14 days following the exposure or until that person tests negative for COVID. That individual should quarantine for 10 days if the test is positive.
For the past year and a half, businesses have been dealing with the repercussions of COVID-19. That coupled with the current employee shortage, it’s easy to let precautions fall by the wayside. However, employers should remain diligent to reduce further employee absenteeism by:
1. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched by multiple people.
2. Encouraging handwashing breaks and the use of hand sanitizer.
3. Sending sick workers home and encouraging those who are sick to stay home.
4. Staying up to date on state and local guidance, as well as new CDC guidance.
To check if your business is in a COVID hot spot, use the CDC’s tracker map link here.