Every organization is unique, which means there is no one-size-fits-all approach to getting back to work. Companies with large numbers of essential employees face a different challenge than those with employees who can primarily work from home. When leveraged together, these strategies can reduce risk and help more people come back to the workplace sooner..
As our country moves forward, the goal of many companies is to bring large segments of employees back to work. To do this, it’s important to identify which employees may have COVID-19 and who has significant exposure to those individuals while in the office or on campus. That’s where workplace contact tracing comes in.
Recognizing the importance of checking in with patients during a time where people are more isolated than ever, our pharmacists are going above and beyond by taking a high-tech, high-touch approach to ensure minimal disruption during the coronavirus outbreak. They play a key role on provider teams and in our virtual-first approach to care during COVID-19.
Regardless of how you’re screening your employees when they return to campus, there’s no avoiding the inevitable: one or even several of your employees will likely be denied entry due to suspected symptoms of the coronavirus. But the biggest question many employers are currently facing is – what happens next?
Premise Health case manager, Gail Matthews, has been working tirelessly through COVID-19 to help her members return-to-work safely. When one of her patients received a return-to-work note from her primary care provider, Gail knew that it was incorrect. Read more
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 best way to prevent infection is by avoiding exposure to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC recommends the following preventative actions:
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:
Care navigation is an approach to care that helps individuals navigate their healthcare journey to ensure they get the care they need and have a positive outcome. In the context of COVID-19, this approach is used to help people with a confirmed or suspected positive diagnosis navigate their symptoms in quarantine. Care navigators help individuals stay connected to care by proactively reaching out to check in, verify their symptom status, and assess their overall wellbeing, while providing support and answering questions.
From a return to the workplace standpoint, care navigation takes shape in two ways:
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.