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While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is still believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help respond to this emerging health threat.

Prevention

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wearing a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
    • Facemasks are also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone who is ill (at home or in a health care facility).

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

 

However, as a reminder, it is currently flu season, and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine and taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs.

 

Recognize the symptoms of FLU

Flu signs and symptoms usually come on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills (*not everyone with flu will have a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, but this is more common in children than adults.

Recognize the symptoms of COVID-19

 

Confirmed COVID-19 cases have reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever of 100.4° F or greater (using an oral thermometer)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Sick employees with symptoms of FLU or COVID-19 should notify their supervisors and stay home

  • Employees who have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) are recommended to stay home from work
  • Sick employees should not return to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F or greater), cough, and shortness of breath for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or cough medication.
  • Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.

In the Restaurants

 

Conduct an hourly wipe down with a sanitizing solution.

Use a Quat sanitizer solution (you must have test strips to confirm solution), or a pre-treated towel such as Table Turners

 

Thoroughly wipe the following areas:

  • Time Clocks
  • Kitchen: countertops, tabletops, handles, drawer pulls, and doorknobs
  • Bar: bar top, handles, drawer pulls, bar gates, POS Screens
  • Service/Beverage station: countertops, handles, drawer pulls, doorknobs, POS screens
  • Host stand: Host stand surface, POS/Reso screens, phones, menu holders
  • Restrooms: Countertops, Stall door handles, faucet handles (this is to be done in addition to daily sanitizing).

 

Handwashing – Every employee is to wash hands in a hand sink after every opportunity of contamination, and at least once an hour.

Stock hand sanitizers at hand sinks – FOH and BOH

Employees must wear gloves during ALL pre-shift and pre-opening duties.

  • WASH hands before and again after removing gloves
  • No latex gloves due to potential allergies (employees and guests)

For more information about the Coronavirus please visit the CDC website.

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