Like all of you, we are concerned about the outbreak of coronavirus, a respiratory illness impacting thousands globally. Although the virus has yet to spread widely in the United States, we are reviewing and actively preparing for that possibility. CERF+ staff are closely monitoring the situation and prepared to reach out to our national, state, and local partners to offer assistance in the event of an outbreak. CERF+ remains committed to the health and safety of our community and employees and will provide updates and guidance as needed.
What Is Coronavirus?
The coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, was first reported in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fever, and difficulty breathing and can lead to pneumonia. As of February 25, 2020, the outbreak has affected eighty thousand people and has caused 2,663 deaths.
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?
- Wash hands frequently.
- Keep one to three feet away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose into your bent elbow if you cough or sneeze.
- If you have a fever, seek medical care early.
- Clean surfaces frequently and regularly.
- Stock up on nonperishable foods and medicines.
- Consider purchasing a mask, gloves, and cleaning supplies.
- Stay informed of the latest developments. and follow advice from your health care provider.
What Can You Do to Protect Your Career?
- Encourage sick employees to stay home.
- Frequently clean environment and surfaces.
- Advise employees to take safety measures when traveling.
- Consider alternate streams of revenue or markets if public events and classes are canceled.
- Stock up on basic tools or supplies if there is a shortage.
- Plan for kids’ schools or daycares closing
What Can You Do to Protect Your Organization?
- Review the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019.
- Familiarize yourself with the CDC’s Preparing Communities for Potential Spread of Coronavirus guidelines and recommendations.
- Stay in touch with state and local health agencies for guidance specific to your location
- Be aware of the World Health Organization’s recommendations for planning mass gatherings.