Washtenaw County Businesses Ordered To Screen Employees For Virus Symptoms

WWJ News
March 26, 2020 - 6:52 am

YPSILANTI (WWJ) - Businesses in Washtenaw County that remain open amid the coronavirus pandemic are now being told to screen employees for signs of the virus.

The Washtenaw County Health Department issued an emergency order Wednesday requiring essential service providers and businesses, including childcare centers, to screen all employees for illness and establish a social distancing protocol for customers and employees to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus. 

"We need to work together to provide only those services and functions that are absolutely necessary and do so as safely as possible. We must limit the potential spread of illness at every single opportunity. No exceptions. This means screening, distance and extra cleaning at any open facility. For everyone else, we’re counting on you to stay home," Jimena Loveluck, Washtenaw County Health Officer, said in a statement.

The order takes effect March 26 at 6 p.m. and will be in effect through April 13 at 11:59 p.m. It requires all essential services and businesses to take the following actions to protect their workers and the entire community:

  • Screen everyone. Check employees for fever or other symptoms if they will enter facilities or buildings.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance between people whenever possible.
  • Emphasize frequent and proper hand washing. Make sure sinks are well supplied.
  • Work remotely whenever possible.
  • Do not share space or equipment. If this is not possible, have employees wash their hands before and after using shared equipment. Clean and sanitize equipment between uses.
  • Any employee with cold symptoms or underlying health conditions should stay home or work remotely.

The order for businesses and entities remaining open, is separate from the order for childcare centers remaining open.

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