COVID-19 Resources

Due to the high number of inquiries received and the continuous developments regarding the virus, TAG is offering COVID-19 Retainer Packages to businesses concerned with the impact of this outbreak.

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For the food industry

  • Daily Updates

  • Advice for Food Industry

  • What can you (we) all do?

 
Key Points

Updated: May 05, 2020

  • The CDC has put out new guidance for isolation; extending 7 days of isolation to at least 10 days after illness onset. Read more in our Recommendations for Industry.

  • Stay tuned in for tomorrow’s “Wellness Wednesdays” as we look further at the positive impacts of Wellness Checks.

  • As a reminder, any human/clinical tests conducted should have appropriate FDA approvals. Tests should always be conducted in a laboratory fully authorized to do clinical diagnostic testing. The user of the test should understand the test’s sensitivities and specificities. Additionally, the tests should be administered by a trained individual.

  • There are currently no FDA-approved drugs to prevent or treat COVID-19. Please be incredibly wary of companies that are selling “cures.”

 
Recommendations for
the Food Industry

New CDC Data Extends Isolation Recommendations

CDC has issued new data recommending two key changes:

  1. Persons recovering from COVID-19 illness should remain isolated for at least 10 days after illness onset and at least 3 days (72 hours) after recovery. This is an increase from CDC’s previously recommended 7 days.

  2. Those in a critical infrastructure industry may need a more stringent approach, and TAG continues to recommend those who had symptoms of COVID-19 or had a positive COVID-19 test  should be tested prior to returning to work if at all possible; if not, a symptom-based strategy with stringent requirements should be used.

The extension was made because CDC found that the virus is still detectable on Day 7, but no longer culturable on Day 9.

CDC’s data and guidance support TAG’s recommendations on testing when possible, for which we noted that there is emerging evidence that people may retest positive for COVID-19 after symptom resolution. So depending on testing availability, TAG is recommending that employees who have either: (a) had a confirmed positive COVID-19 test OR (b) have been medically diagnosed by a health professional with COVID-19 based on symptoms, be tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative test.

 

Given the continued unknown risk of post-symptomatic transmission, the test-based approach may be more protective than relying on non-test-based strategies. But, to ensure business continuity, employers should seek to facilitate testing arrangements for their employees for the return-to-work process.

Everyone should practice social distancing (more specifically, physical distancing), not only those who are ill or at higher-risk (e.g. older individuals, pre-existing conditions) but also among healthy individuals so we may "flatten the curve".

 

Please feel free to use this free poster at your establishment. Please email us (info@achesongroup.com) for a copy of this poster (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Chinese - simplified, traditional are available).

 

Keep up to date with COVID-19:

Please send us any questions, comments, and/or concerns! We are happy to talk with you. 

 

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