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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Updated: May 13, 2020
NOTE: As we have had a mishap and the email version was not released, please see below for today (May 13) and yesterday (May 12) notes.
May 12, 2020
Recent released research highlights that there is little association of climate (e.g. warmer temperatures, humidity levels) on coronavirus spread. However, restricting mass gatherings, school closures, and increasing social distancing were strongly associated with reducing the growth of the epidemic.
Watch the new CDC clip on “How COVID-19 Can Spread in a Community”. This video represents the April 8, 2020 CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report data (February – March 2020) and discusses community transmission that spread from two family gatherings in Chicago, Illinois. Large family gatherings (even now, with social distancing) can speed up community transmission.
May 13, 2020
The FDA has released “Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments” guidance. TAG recommends ensuring that you meet all these requirements prior to re-opening. The FDA also has provided a reopening checklist [PDF] and infographic [PDF] for previously closed retail food establishments.
Due to some concerning observations we have made, TAG would like to remind everyone that masks/face coverings must cover both nose and mouth. Coronavirus particles travel through respiratory droplets (saliva, mucus, snot, etc.).
See, use, and share the “Why Wear Masks” graphic to show how masks are protective of others.
See, use, and share the “Best Practices for Masks and Face Coverings” which demonstrates proper usage of masks and face coverings.
Download these at our COVID-19 Resources page!
Please remain in contact with and cooperate with your local health departments. Just as with health department food safety inspections, cooperate as necessary based on any questions regarding coronavirus. Read more below in our Recommendations for Industry.
To align with CDC’s most recent symptom guidance change (see picture), TAG is updating its Employee Wellness Check Questionnaire by moving “sore throat” and “muscle pain” to PRIMARY symptoms.
the Food Industry
Maintain Good Relations with your Health Departments.
TAG has observed that many local health departments are beginning to take a more active role in monitoring the COVID-19 protection practices of businesses, particularly as reopenings are occurring. This is making it increasingly important to know what the local health departments of all your facilities are requiring – as they do vary and some are more restrictive than others.
If the local health department does question you on your practices, just like during food safety inspections, provide complete information (do not withhold information). For example, if you are asked about Wellness Checks, do not simply say, “Yes, we conduct them.”; provide basics and an outline on the specific activities. If you are seen as being too evasive, the department is likely to want to dig deeper.
from May 12, 2020 Assessing the Risk of Renewed Travel.
With businesses beginning to develop the next phase of their recovery policies, TAG has been receiving questions pertaining to recommendations around travel authorizations and policies in order to decrease the potential of employees “bringing back” COVID-19 to the workplace.
Some considerations to consider would involve conducting a risk assessment based on specific factors, including the conditions and case levels of the geographic location and facility/ies to which the person is traveling, the means of travel, the people with whom the traveler would be interacting, the jurisdiction’s practices and restrictions, etc. As with many things about COVID-19, due to the myriad of factors, each travel event must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
The decision to mandate quarantine for employees after travel can be determined on a case-by-case basis based on the assessment. As part of the assessment, companies may also begin to consider the necessity of travel and essential nature of the person traveling, even raising questions such as, “If a 14-day quarantine is needed, how will this impact the business?”.
As much of TAG’s pre-COVID consultation work was conducted on-site at client facilities, we are also in the process of developing our own risk assessments and travel policies. We will be sharing much of this in this daily newsletter or the newly developed Return to Work (Recovery) Section of our subscription-based COVID-19 Toolkit. Give us a call for assistance or more information.
As of May 13, 2020 (08:47 ET), there are over 4,281,000 cases (>292,000 deaths) worldwide.
Due to the increasing number of cases in the United States, TAG will move from reporting counts per country to focus on the United States, please see here for the data. For further information regarding worldwide numbers, please refer to John Hopkin University’s aggregate map.
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