As we have all learned, lately COVID-19 cases have increased in many areas of the US and unfortunately right here Amerisafe Group's backyard of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The CDC revised their definition of “close contact,” broadening what should be considered exposures of potential concern.
The CDC's latest guidance defines having a “close contact” with someone infected with COVID-19 as being within 6 feet of the individual for 15 or more cumulative minutes during a 24 hour period. The CDC previously defined a “close contact” as being within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 consecutive minutes. The new definition takes into account "briefer but repeated encounters" with an infected person.
Throw in the advent of Flu Season and we have significant reasons to pause and remind all of the continued need for diligence in preventing COVID-19 (and flu) spread. Per CDC, and PA, please continue to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and the flu.
Flu season is upon us and all of the above practices will also help keep you and others safe from contracting the flu. It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever. While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19 there are many important benefits, such as:
Should you have an employee that may contract Covid-19, your company can only react as soon as they have the information. Please be forthcoming in sharing any potential “close contact” exposures you as an individual may have had with a known or suspected positive COVID-19 person. When promptly shared with the company this information will help keep our employees and their families safe and healthy.
Please be a good citizen by doing your part. You may be struggling with managing COVID-19 and its impacts to your business. Amerisafe can help. We offer a variety of services for companies to assist them in protecting their employees and managing COVID-19.