Coronavirus Health Information
The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing a safe working environment for employees and members, and to minimizing the potential economic and business impact of COVID-19 (the “Novel Coronavirus”) for our Chamber members.
To that end, we want to hear about how your organization is being affected by this situation, so that we can connect you with resources that can offer you assistance and share your concerns with legislators who might be able to help.
Helping Employees and Employers Stay Safe
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is continually monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and taking steps to prepare – and they want individuals and businesses to stay informed as new information becomes available.
- The department has put together a page with information about the public health response, prevention techniques, employer preparedness and frequently asked questions.
- They have also put together a page with information specific to helping businesses.
The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services also has a special site on the COVID-19 outbreak with useful details, including information geared specifically to businesses.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention also has a comprehensive web portal with information about business preparedness and response to the coronavirus. In addition, the CDC has put together specific safety guidance for manufacturing businesses and employees, as well as information for how to manage workplace fatigue during COVID-19.
Click the respective logos below to learn more.
What to Do if Your Office Has a Confirmed Case
From the Springfield-Greene County Health Department:
- If you have an employee who has tested positive:
- You will be notified by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department that you have an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- That employee will be required to be isolated until released by the Health Department.
- The Health Department will work with the employer to develop a list of other employees who may have had contact with the employee who tested positive.
- Any employee that met criteria for potential contact must quarantine at home for 14 days and will be contacted by the Health Department with more information.
- CDC guidelines are used to determine potential contact which is based on a definition of close contact:
- Being within approximately 6 ft of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged time such as caring for someone, living with someone, working regularly within 6 feet of someone.
- Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (an example would be being coughed on)
- If you have an employee who is a contact of a positive COVID-19 case:
- Any employee that met criteria for potential contact must quarantine at home for 14 days and may not return to work until notified by the Health Department.
- If you have an employee who is a close contact of a person under a precautionary quarantine (as described above):
- This employee is allowed to work with no restrictions.
- If the person under precautionary quarantine becomes symptomatic, this employee will be contacted by the Health Department with further instructions.
- Click here for more information about contacts of positive COVID-19 cases