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Utah Manufacturers, 

The UMA’s Center for Business and Continuous Improvement is gathering information to help Utah manufacturers deal with the latest COVID-19 related information. UMA’s Center exists to directly help Utah manufacturing companies enhance their competitiveness, productivity, and performance. 

If you have any questions you would like addressed in future updates, or feedback about this information, please contact the UMA Center Director, Ryan Mecham at ryanm@umaweb.org .

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Key Resources
Best Practices for Dealing with COVID-19 in Utah Manufacturing Companies
Cleaning and Disinfection After Persons Suspected/Confirmed to Have COVID-19 Have Been in the Manufacturing Facility

The CDC issued guidelines on how to clean and disinfect after someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in your manufacturing facilities. 

Timing and location of cleaning and disinfection of surfaces

  • It is recommended to close off areas used by the ill persons and wait as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection to minimize potential for exposure to respiratory droplets. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area. If possible, wait up to 24 hours before beginning cleaning and disinfection.
  • Cleaning staff should clean and disinfect all areas (e.g., offices, bathrooms, and common areas) used by the ill persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.

Surfaces

  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
  • Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface.

Linens, Clothing, and Other Items That Go in the Laundry

  • Do not shake dirty laundry; this minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.
  • Launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
  • Clean and disinfect hampers or other carts for transporting laundry according to guidance above for hard or soft surfaces.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hand Hygiene:

  • Cleaning staff should wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.
  • Gloves and gowns should be compatible with the disinfectant products being used.
  • Additional PPE might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of splash.
  • Gloves and gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area. Be sure to clean hands after removing gloves.
  • Gloves should be removed after cleaning a room or area occupied by ill persons. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
  • Cleaning staff should immediately report breaches in PPE (e.g., tear in gloves) or any potential exposures to their supervisor.
  • Cleaning staff and others should clean hands often, including immediately after removing gloves and after contact with an ill person, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
  • Follow normal preventive actions while at work and home, including cleaning hands and avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Public Policy Relating to Utah Manufacturers
Defense Production Act

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order invoking certain provisions of the Defense Production Act, which could be used to ramp up production of essential medical equipment. 

The order invokes authorities provided under the Defense Production Act, a move that allows the president to direct the prioritized production and distribution of critical health care supplies for the COVID-19 response. In order to be considered “critical” under the Defense Production Act, products must be scarce, essential to national defense and otherwise unavailable without disrupting the supply of the civilian market. In this instance, the executive order finds that the health and medical resources needed to respond to COVID-19, including personal protective equipment and ventilators, meet these requirements.

You can read an overview of the Defense Production Act here .
Senate Negotiating “Phase Three” Relief Bill

The Senate is negotiating the details of a “phase three” bill to aid businesses and workers during the COVID-19 crisis. The National Association of Manufacturers is advocating the following positions: 

RECOGNIZE MANUFACTURERS’ CRITICAL ROLE IN THE COVID-19 RESPONSE

  • „Congress should establish a federal Manufacturing Resiliency Fund of at least $1.4 trillion to provide interest-free loans to manufacturers impacted by COVID-19, ensuring financial security for the nearly 13 million men and women who make things in America. „
  • The Administration should adopt a federal designation deeming manufacturers and their employees as “essential” to ensure the supply of critical products.„
  • Congress should incentivize airlines to expand cargo capacity and consider prioritizing medical cargo, including active ingredients, raw materials, work-in-process inventory and components, on remaining passenger flights and ongoing cargo flights.

PROTECT MANUFACTURERS FROM INSOLVENCY „

  • The IRS should delay all scheduled federal tax payments (including quarterly payments of estimated tax for all businesses) for 90 days by waiving interest and penalties that would otherwise apply.„
  • Congress should enact legislation that allows companies to defer taxation on income from loan modification, forgiveness or cancellation.


“Phase 2” Legislation “Families First Coronavirus Response” Signed by President Trump

Senator Mike Lee’s office provided an analysis of how the legislation impacts small Utah manufacturing companies here and medium Utah manufacturing companies here .  
National Association of Manufacturers Leads Call with Vice President Mike Pence and CDC

Vice President Mike Pence joined a call today (March 20) with the National Association of Manufacturers and 3,000 manufacturers. On the call, the Vice President expressed gratitude toward manufacturers, credited the NAM for securing new CDC business guidelines, discussed the administration’s actions and strategy, reviewed the President’s Guidelines for America and reinforced the importance of a strong public–private partnership to overcome this crisis, highlighting the NAM and manufacturers’ ongoing leadership. Also on the call, CDC officials explained best practices, and The Hershey Company discussed the actions it is taking to help limit the spread of COVID-19. NAM staff discussed the NAM’s “COVID-19 Policy Action Plan Recommendations” and the latest activity on Capitol Hill and in the administration.

Vice President Pence wanted people to know of the 15-day push to “Slow the Spread.” Read More

Additionally, Mr. Pence asked that any company with an excess stock of industrial N95 respirator masks to donate them to your local hospitals. As the New York Post reported , “On Thursday [March 19], Vice President Mike Pence said new legislation will allow tens of millions more protective masks to reach health care workers, but it remained unclear whether total production will meet the demand, according to the Washington Post. New legislation provides manufacturers of N95 masks protection against lawsuits when selling to health care workers, Pence said.”
Governor Herbert Convenes the Utah Economic Response Task Force

On Thursday, March 19, Governor Gary Herbert, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Senator Mike Lee, Rep. Ben McAdams and others participated in a call to communicate that the state of Utah created the Economic Response Task Force, a subcommittee of the state’s COVID-19 Task Force. 

Lt. Gov. Cox is heading up the effort to get more testing kits available in Utah. Right now, 300 tests a day are performed in three Utah labs. They expect to ramp this effort up to get thousands of more testing kits. He pointed out that more widespread testing will help curtail the infections as they will be able to pinpoint problem areas. 

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans are Available 

The SBA loans provide working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Key points: 

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for nonprofits is 2.75%.

SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.


If you would like to learn how UMA's Center can help you, please contact
Ryan Mecham, Director of UMA's Center for Business and Continuous Improvement, at ryanm@umaweb.org or 801-557-9105.

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