When it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, there are several guidelines to follow for dealing with the virus at work.

According to the Lansing State Journal, Governor Gretchen Whitmer indicated that further reopening of the state may be delayed due to increased spread of the novel coronavirus and now has stopped indoor sales of alcohol at many bars in lower Michigan.

As people move about more freely and more businesses begin to resume operations closer to normal, here is what Michigan employees should know about COVID-19 protocols.

When they identify an employee who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, businesses must inform the local health department and notify any co-workers, contractors, or suppliers who may have come into contact with that person within 24 hours.

Employers can allow the person with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID back into the workplace after they are no longer infectious according to the latest guidelines from the CDC. They also have to have been released from any quarantine or isolation by the local public health department.

Employers are also responsible for establishing a response plan for confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the workplace, which should include protocols for sending employees home and for temporary closures of all or part of the workplace to allow for deep cleaning.

Employers should conduct a daily entry self screening protocol for all employees or contractors entering the workplace. That test must include a questionnaire covering symptoms and suspected or confirmed exposure to people with possible COVID-19.

The Lansing State Journal has more information regarding guidelines for dealing with COVID-19 at work.

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