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Guidence for Businesses & Employees

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in China.

Create a Plan - Strategies for Business

A well-designed plan can protect your employees and minimize the impact to your business, or organization, during a disease outbreak. Now is the time to prepare for the possibility of widespread person-to-person transmission of COVID-19.

 U.S. Small Business Administration Loan Program March 17, 2020 11:20am

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)has published guidance for businesses on the "Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)" website.

CHDP Guidance for Businesses:

Actively Encourage Sick Employees to Stay Home:

  • Ask employees who are sick to stay home when sick. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: Fever, cough and shortness of breath and appear 2- 14 days after exposure.
  • Ensure that sick leave policies are flexible and be sure that employees are aware of these policies.
  • Do not require a healthcare provider's note for employees who are sick. Healthcare providers may be extremely busy and unable to provide timely documentation.

Apply Infection Control Measures at the Workplace

  • Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand washing in high visibility workplace areas.
  • Instruct employees to clean hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or by washing for at least 20 seconds.
  • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Place hand rubs in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
  • Routinely clean all commonly touched surfaces. Use the cleaning agents normally used in these areas.
  • Separate employees who become ill during the workday in a designated space if they are awaiting transportation.

CDC Keeping the Workplace Safe Flyer

CHDP Guidance for Businesses:

Additional Steps for Employers

  • Prepare for social distancing to prevent spread of disease. Consider allowing telecommuting, flexible work hours (e.g. staggered shifts) where possible.
  • Be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.
  • Prepare for employee absences resulting from personal illness, caring for ill family members, and school or childcare closures.
  • To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described by CDC to determine risk of COVID-19.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

If you have suffered substantial economic injury and are one of the following types of businesses located in a declared disaster area, you may be eligible for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL):

  • Small Business
  • Small agricultural cooperative
  • Most private nonprofit organizations


U.S. Small Business Administration Loan Program March 17, 2020 11:20am