As we are seeing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, it is increasingly likely that you will need to manage a COVID-19 outbreak in your workplace. If you have a positive case in your workplace, we can help support you with information, and guidance around communication and marketing. We know that this can be incredibly difficult and for some, the last thing you would want to do is share publicly, for fear of losing much needed business. That said, it is imperative that cases of COVID-19 within our Downtown businesses be shared transparently with not only staff but with the public, as this is the only way that we will be able to contain and manage the pandemic within our community.
To help minimize impacts among employees and assist with investigation of COVID-19 cases, the County of Santa Cruz is providing local employers with tools to help manage coronavirus transmission. They include detailed guidance on prevention, preparation for exposures and management of workplace cases, as well as information on the rights and responsibilities of employers:
The series will cover:
- how to develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan
- what to do if an employee is exposed or tests positive
- expanded emergency sick pay and medical leave
- welcoming employees back to work after they are sick