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Updated: July 01, 2020
With the increased spread of COVID-19 across many states, upcoming holidays, and good weather, we’ve received questions about employee’s off-time. In today’s Recommendations for Industry Q&A, we touch upon how concerned you should be about what your employees are doing during their off-time (and if they are remaining protective against COVID-19). Read more in today’s Recommendations for Industry.
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To show Americans on a state/county level about the potential risk of where they are, the Harvard Global Health Institute has put together a COVID Risk Levels Dashboard that depicts risk level by state and county using cases/100K people.
This dashboard differs from TAG’s own Risk Matrix (discussed below) which considers other factors like test-positive rates, positive cases per capita, etc.
Recommendations for Industry
TAG Q&A: How concerned do I need to be about what employees do during their off-time?
Q. How concerned do I need to be about what employees do during their off-time?
A. With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in many states, and research showing a high potential for spread in confined spaces (including bars, which a number of states had recently reopened) employers – unfortunately – need to be very concerned of what their employees are doing when they’re not at work.
For instance, bars can be a high-risk environment of COVID-19 spread. From the standard atmosphere of a bar – small, cramped, confined indoor spaces with loud music, to their reason for being – drinking and close socializing with others, there is little potential for social distancing or masks. Additionally, studies cited in a recent NY Times article highlight:
Speaking can release up to 10 times more particles than a cough.
Particles emitted in talking and loud speech are potentially more infectious than the larger droplets of a sneeze or cough.
It is imperative that, with increasingly good weather and upcoming holidays, employees are reminded of the need to social distance and wear masks both on- and off-duty.
“So how does this concern track with where I am?” you might ask. Ultimately, your concern about your and your employee’s off-time activities will vary by state. TAG’s risk matrix tracks multiple variables and studies leading indicators of states moving from a lower-risk status to a higher-risk status.
One such primary analyses explores test-positive rates (the percent of tests taken for which results are positive for the virus). An analysis of test-positive rates offsets the variability between number of tests conducted across various states. Based on the test-positive rates, the following states are at the top of the high-risk curve (that is, these states have a high incidence of individuals testing positive for COVID-19):
Florida, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas 15%
Alabama, Mississippi 13%
For the full, weekly updated matrix across all 50 states and additional TAG analyses, contact TAG. We can assist in your continuing efforts to protect your employees and your business.
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