Before and During an Outbreak
At all times…
- Encourage your staff or community members to protect their personal health.
- Post the signs and symptoms of COVID-19
fever, cough, shortness of breath.
- Encourage people to stay home when sick.
- Clean surfaces that are frequently touched – things such as shared desks, countertops, kitchen areas, electronics, and doorknobs.
- Limit events and meetings that require close contact.
- Stay up to date on developments in your community.
- Create an emergency plan for possible outbreak.
- Assess if community members are at higher risk and plan accordingly.
During an outbreak in your area
- Send home or separate anyone who becomes sick.
- If you identify a case, inform people who might have been exposed.
- Continue to safely clean and disinfect the person’s area.
- Connect with your local health departments.
- Cancel large meetings or events.
- Put your infectious disease outbreak plan into action.
Specific guidance for schools
- Make hand cleaning supplies readily available.
- Encourage students and staff to stay home if sick.
- Monitor absenteeism.
- Plan for digital and distance learning.
- Be prepared to temporarily dismiss or close schools and cancel events.
- Short term dismissals for cleaning and contact tracing if you have a case.
- Longer dismissals if you have substantial spread in your area.
- Plan ways to continue student services such as school meal programs if schools close.
- Stagger staffing or schedules to reduce in-person interaction.
- Work with your local health department for guidance on closures and re-openings.