Published November 4, 2020
As a new wave of COVID-19 begins to surge this fall, forward-thinking organizations are looking for new strategies to minimize disruption and keep their employee populations safe. By prioritizing seamless access to healthcare and a convenient approach to testing, employers can confidently stay ahead of the curve and proactively navigate this developing public health crisis.
Published September 28, 2020
Cold and flu season is imminent, and it’s more important than ever for employers to promote a proactive, preventive approach to employee health during this pandemic. As an employer, there are steps you can take to encourage your employees to get their flu vaccine and drive home the importance of keeping themselves healthy this flu season.
Published August 21, 2020
As employees have shifted to a remote work environment, organizations have been forced to rapidly adapt their information security strategies to reflect the structure and keep their teams and technology safe. Chief information security officers (CISOs) have shifted priorities around privacy, integration of corporate and user systems, and the introduction of new technology in light of COVID-19..
Published August 7, 2020
We all play a critical role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. There is still a great deal of uncertainty in this situation, but evidence shows that taking simple preventive measures can have a significant impact on the trajectory of the virus. These measures include wearing a face mask, adhering to social distancing, washing your hands, and staying home when you’re sick.
Published July 31, 2020
With many workers and their families anxious to reschedule their elective procedures in the wake of COVID-19, facilities will be making changes to take advantage of the demand and make up for lost revenue, such as increasing prices or shifting care to more profitable settings. That's why Premise Health has partnered with Healthcare Bluebook to optimize member care and costs.
Recently, a mother reached out to Premise’s national virtual health primary care team to seek guidance for her son. After conducting a virtual exam, in which our provider, Lauren Prendes, NP, was able to spend meaningful time with the mother and her son, Lauren determined that the child might be experiencing appendicitis.
Recently, one member presented to the Premise Health wellness center after not having access to a primary care provider for over a year. Premise providers Michele Sherrill, FNP-BC and Jennifer James, MA developed a plan of care for his diagnoses and made the appropriate referrals for his needs.
At the beginning of quarantine, one Premise Health provider was contacted by a member who was struggling with depression and anxiety. Isolation coupled with an increased workload had become huge stressors on his mental health and he had begun having panic attacks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the nation’s leading health protection agency, providing valuable resources for Americans and the latest, need-to-know public health information regarding COVID-19.
The official name is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. It is a new respiratory virus (a novel coronavirus) that was previously unknown until it was detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
As of February 12, 2021, there are currently two COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, being used in the United States to vaccinate citizens. There are also two other viable vaccines, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, which are estimated to receive EUA early in 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended several phases for the distribution of the vaccine, which you can find here.
The virus is primarily spread through exposure to respiratory droplets when a person is in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Infection can also occur by exposure to the virus in small particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours, though this is less common.
The most common symptoms reported are mild-to-severe respiratory illness with cough and fever. More severe infections can cause difficulty breathing and require immediate medical attention. Visit the CDC for more information about symptoms.
Social distancing is a strategy to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. Methods of social distancing include staying away from crowds, avoiding public transportation (e.g., bus, subway, taxi, ride share), and maintaining distance from others (approximately six feet or two meters).
The best way to prevent infection is by avoiding exposure to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC recommends the following preventative actions:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a mask.
• Avoid crowded indoor spaces and ensure indoor spaces are properly ventilated.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Practice social distancing
Mass entry screening is a way to minimize the risk that those entering the workplace have a current infection. The screening includes a combination of symptom questionnaires and temperature checks.
Mass entry screening is one of the most effective strategies to reduce the risk of transmission on campus and increase safety for employees. By requiring employees to complete symptom questionnaires and temperature checks prior to entering, employers have a better understanding of whether an individual is experiencing symptoms in line with COVID-19.
As employers begin to reopen their doors and bring populations back to the workplace, it’s critical employee health and safety is priority. Mass entry screening helps protect the health and safety of employees and minimizes the risk of future outbreaks.
It is recommended by the CDC that screenings, inclusive of symptom questionnaires and temperature checks, be done daily, by shift, and throughout the day based on entry and departure of employees and visitors.
There are a number of simple processes and practices employers can put in place to protect employee health as individuals come back to the workplace, including:
1. Ensure employees have the ability to maintain good hygiene
2. Encourage employees to stay home if they are not feeling well
3. Implement key workplace controls to mitigate disease transmission risks
4. Encourage work from home to a greater extent
5. Support the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to improve personnel safety
Care support is a solution that helps individuals navigate their healthcare journey while ensuring they get the care they need. In the context of COVID-19, this approach is used to help people with a confirmed or suspected positive diagnosis navigate their COVID-19 symptoms in quarantine. Care support providers ensure individuals stay connected to care by proactively reaching out to check in, verify their symptom status, assess their overall wellbeing, and answer questions.
From a return-to-work standpoint, care support takes shape in two ways:
1. A care support provider can assist someone who has been sick in safely returning to the workplace by ensuring they follow proper screening protocols and enter only if they pass.
2. A care support provider can help an employee who does not pass proper screening protocols with the appropriate care plan to address symptoms at home until healthy enough to return.
As companies develop detailed plans to bring their employees back to work, Premise Health’s care support solution can ensure those with a COVID-19 diagnosis receive ongoing support and the critical help they need during a vulnerable time. Learn more here.
Contact tracing is a strategy to mitigate COVID-19. Contact tracers reach out to those who have been in contact with an individual who has tested positive, providing them with early warning of their exposure and the opportunity to self-quarantine. This approach helps breaks chains of transmission, which prevents spikes in cases and supports safer communities and workplaces.
*The information on this website is intended for informational purposes only and not as medical advice. In the case of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
CORONAVIRUS ALERT: PEOPLE WITH SUSPECTED CORONAVIRUS NEED TO BE ISOLATED. CALL YOUR WELLNESS CENTER IF YOU HAVE FEVER OR RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS OR THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE CORONAVIRUS.