Business Guidance

News Update

Updated March 26, 2020 5:00 PM

Guía para Actividades Comerciales

Sedgwick County Health Department monitors and investigates reports of disease every day, from whooping cough and chickenpox to tuberculosis and HIV. Staff are trained in methods to reduce the spread of disease. You can help, too. COVID-19 is a new disease but it spreads the same as the flu, through respiratory droplets (ex. coughing and sneezing). 

To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described below to determine risk of COVID-19. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed COVID-19. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing. 

What Does This Stay at Home Order Mean for Our Business?

All businesses have been ordered to close until April 23, 2020 unless listed as an essential service or critical to essential activities.  More information can be found here.

  I Do Not Know if My Organization is Essential – Who Can I Ask?

Questions regarding the stay at home order or essential services and businesses can be sent to stayathomeFAQ@sedgwick.gov or by calling 316-660-9000.  Frequently asked questions are also available here.

 We Are an Essential Service or Business.  What Should We Be Doing Now?

In addition to the guidance below, the stay at home order has outline the following definition and steps for businesses.

 Other Information and Guidance for Businesses is Listed Below

To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described below to determine risk of COVID-19. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed COVID-19. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.

How can COVID-19 Impact Your Business?

 

Recommended strategies for employers to use now:

How to Plan for a Possible COVID-19 Outbreak in our Community

The severity of illness or how many people will fall ill from COVID-19 is unknown at this time. For the general American public, such as workers in non-healthcare settings and where it is unlikely that work tasks create an increased risk of exposures to COVID-19, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. Sedgwick County, KDHE, the CDC and partners will continue to monitor national and international data on the severity of illness caused by COVID-19, will disseminate the results of these ongoing surveillance assessments, and will make additional recommendations as needed. 

All employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread of acute respiratory illness and lower the impact of COVID-19 in their workplace in the event of an outbreak in the US. They should identify and communicate their objectives, which may include one or more of the following: (a) reducing transmission among staff, (b) protecting people who are at higher risk for adverse health complications, (c) maintaining business operations, and (d) minimizing adverse effects on other entities in their supply chains. Some of the key considerations when making decisions on appropriate responses are: 

Planning Considerations

Important Considerations for Creating an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan

Recommendations for an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan:

Online Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Kansas Department of Health and Environment: http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/COVID-19_Resource_Center.htm?panel=10#undefined

Sedgwick County: https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/