What do the new CDC guidelines mean for employers?

What do the new CDC guidelines mean for employers?

The new CDC guidelines provide options to reduce COVD-19 quarantine in an effort to increase community compliance (1). This guidance relies on organizations integrating daily health screening and diagnostic testing with their quarantine management program. The CDC recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. The options for reducing quarantine are accepted by the CDC, however, they do carry a risk of post-quarantine transmission.

CDC Quarantine Alternative Options Recap 

The CDC has accepted two options for reduced quarantine of 7 or 10 days. Both options include the continued adoption of preventive health measures. These measures include daily health screening and wearing masks throughout the 14 day quarantine period. 

Option #1: 10 Day Quarantine

Employees can complete quarantine after 10 days without getting tested if the following criteria is met: 

They have no symptoms of COVID-19 which they monitor and report on a daily basis. 

Potential Risk

Like any alternative option that offers to shorten the quarantine period there’s a risk. Residual post-quarantine transmission risk is about 1% with an upper limit of about 10%. 

Option #2: 7 Day Quarantine

Employees can complete quarantine after 7 days if the following criteria are met:

They test negative for COVID-19 AND
They have no symptoms of COVID-19 which they monitor and report on a daily basis.

Potential Risk

This strategy has an increased level of risk. The residual post-quarantine transmission risk is estimated to be about 5% with an upper limit of about 12%.

What tools do you need for effective quarantine management? 

Employers considering changing their quarantine protocol as a result of the CDC guidance should be mindful of the risk. An effective quarantine management solution should equip administrations with tools to evaluate risk amongst their workforce. 

Employee Screening 

Whether you are choosing 7, 10, or 14 day quarantine period users should be reporting their symptoms regularly. Effective employee screening services must include a daily symptom checker where employees can report their health status even while in quarantine.

COVID-19 Test Data Management 

Administrators must have a platform where they can see the number of employees tested for COVID-19 as well as their results. 

Contact Tracing

Although not directly mentioned by the CDC, organizations are taking on the risk of post quarantine transmission. For this reason, we strongly recommend that employers establish a contact tracing plan. Administrators should be able to quickly reach out to employees who were in close contact with positive COVID-19 cases. 

Should your organization adopt the new CDC guidelines? 

For the well-being of you and the employees at your organization the CDC suggests a 14-day quarantine period. However, if your organization must shorten quarantine then this guidance should be followed according to the CDC’s criteria. Employers must have the tools to sustain daily symptom checks and diagnostic testing in order to be successful. We also recommend they implement a contact tracing solution to minimize the risks of adopting a shorter quarantine period. 

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References:

Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – December 21, 2020

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – December 21, 2020

The first approved COVID-19 vaccine hit the market and many are soon to follow. As 2020 comes to a close, has your organization begun to discuss a vaccine management program? Which employees have immunity and which don’t? What is the best way to manage in a mixed immunity environment? It’s time to begin these new conversations. Read our newsletter to see how we can help your organization prepare for the new year. 

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Vaccine Management for Employers: A Guide for 2021

Vaccine Management for Employers: A Guide for 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccines hit the market, what does this mean for employers?

What your business should be doing now

As we wait to gain access to the vaccine, employers need to focus on curbing the spread of COVID-19. The most effective methods for ensuring workplace safety are establishing preventive health measures. As a workplace wellness company, our goal is to help prepare and protect organizations from infectious disease. This article will guide you through COVID-19 vaccine insights and preventative measures that your organization should put into practice.

Currently, to prevent COVID-19 transmission, companies need to utilize symptom screening, contact tracing, surveillance testing, quarantine, and isolation management services. These tools keep human resource administrators in control of outbreaks.

Why vaccine management for employers requires preparation

In order to maintain a safe and healthy workplace, it is important to identify vulnerable communities. There is no guarantee when it comes to the percentage of employees that will receive vaccine immunization in the next year. 

Due to concerns about efficacy, safety, and the rushed vaccine development timeline, many employees are hesitant about vaccine adoption (2). According to recent reports, 39% of Americans say they would not get the COVID-19 vaccine if it was available today (3).

Even in organizations with widespread vaccine adoption, vaccinations may not provide protection until a few weeks after inoculation (1). During that time, employees can still get COVID-19. These employees should be taking preventive health measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing, etc. 

As we prepare for widespread vaccine distribution, businesses need an effective vaccine management plan. Their plans must account for state and local vaccine distribution plans, vaccine adoption rates, and overall vaccine availability.

COVID-19 workplace safety measures are still needed, vaccines will not immediately eliminate this

It is crucial that organizations understand that the vaccine rollout will not eliminate the need for existing COVID-19 prevention measures. We have limited information on the vaccine’s efficacy and employee adoption numbers are hard to judge at this time. Additionally, we are uncertain if the vaccine will protect individuals from further transmitting COVID-19, while remaining asymptomatic.

Masks and other safety measures will continue to be needed until we reach herd immunity. Herd immunity requires over 70% of people to have the antibodies either from fighting off the disease or receiving the vaccine. This could take 12 months or more depending on how many people have access to and opt out of the vaccine.

An effective vaccine management solution is keystone to a company’s holistic approach

Employers need a dashboard where they can identify and mitigate the risks at hand. Human resource administrators should have a 360 view of the workplace pandemic situation. Effective vaccine management for employers should provide employee vaccine status. Additionally vaccine information should be integrated with existing COVID-19 screening, testing, contact tracing, and case management tools.  

Human resource teams and administrators need a streamlined way to manage relevant vaccine information. Vaccine management solutions should look at employees vaccine status, vaccine types, and date(s) administered. Employers should utilize a custom screening solution that can accommodate the rollout and adoption of different vaccines amongst their workforce. 

Businesses should maintain a vaccine management plan, even after the vaccine is widespread and available 

Why? A key lesson that businesses learned this year is that disease control and prevention is crucial. 

According to the CDC “Every year influenza, or “flu,” affects employers and businesses. A 2018 study found that the average economic burden of the flu in the U.S. is $11.2 billion (4). This calculation includes costs related to productivity loss (4). For employers, there are substantial benefits to encouraging vaccination, such as reducing employee absence and improving productivity (5). 

COVID-19 is likely to present a significant economic burden as we work towards widespread vaccination efforts. As with the flu vaccine, employers will face difficulty gaining adoption. However, enacting a strong vaccination program has notable financial benefits.

Overall preventive health measures deserve a high priority in workplace safety programs. Businesses should have a long-term employee health and wellness plan built into their existing infrastructure. 

Need help developing a vaccine management plan? Book a demo to learn more about how our solution can protect your business!

For more information on our vaccine management solution click here.

References:

How Vaccines Work

More Americans Now Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Intent to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Rises to 60% as Confidence in Research and Development Process Increases

Economic burden of seasonal influenza in the United States

Promoting Vaccination in the Workplace 

Spurs and ReturnSafe Partner to Help Safely Reopen and Bring Teams Back to Work and to Play

Spurs and ReturnSafe Partner to Help Safely Reopen and Bring Teams Back to Work and to Play

Spurs Sports & Entertainment today announced a new partnership with ReturnSafe, a mission-driven BioSecurity company focused on workplace health safety, to help safely bring employees back to the corporate offices at the AT&T Center. 

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“We chose ReturnSafe because they provide a single solution to quickly respond to potential risks when speed is critical to keeping our employees, fans, and guests safe,” said Casey Heverling, Vice President and General Manager of the AT&T Center. “With more than one million employees, fans, event attendees, and staff coming through our venues every year, their health and safety has always been our top priority and is more imperative now than ever before. We are excited to be able to reopen our corporate offices and offer our staff the confidence to return to the workplace that a solution like ReturnSafe provides, and eventually bring our fans back to the sporting events and concerts they love.”

The ReturnSafe BioSecurity Platform offers organizations an end-to-end solution that slows the spread of infectious diseases by implementing critical daily screening with a symptoms diary and recommendations governed by HR policies; testing data management for quick notification of a positive test; and Bluetooth contact-tracing via smartphone and hardware wearables at the workplace including a built-in social distancing alarm. 

ReturnSafe is a purpose-built solution that is focused on reducing an organization’s risk and liability by offering a way to help screen, trace and track infectious diseases like COVID-19 in the workplace including event venues,” said Tarun Nimmagadda, Founder and CEO of ReturnSafe. “We recognize the cost to businesses not being able to operate at full or even partial capacity can be devastating and we want to help customers like the Spurs bring back their employees to a safe work environment by working directly with our partners to design a solution that works for all of their needs.” 

Spurs Sports & Entertainment has begun to roll out the ReturnSafe BioSecurity Platform to corporate employees and will introduce event health screening and contact tracing with event staff by the end of 2020 (read case study). ReturnSafe supports businesses in various industries including health and senior care organizations, educational institutions, event venues, non-profits, hospitality, manufacturing, law, real estate, financial services, and more, throughout the United States including Hawaii, Canada, and the United Kingdom. 

About Spurs Sports & Entertainment
Spurs Sports & Entertainment is the premier provider of sports and entertainment in South Texas. SS&E owns and operates the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), Austin Spurs (NBA G League), San Antonio FC (USL) and also manages the day-to-day operations of the AT&T Center and Toyota Field. For more information, visit the Spurs.

About ReturnSafe

ReturnSafe is a mission-driven BioSecurity company focused on workplace health safety enabling businesses, healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and others to prevent and rapidly respond to biological threats, keeping their communities safe and their doors open. ReturnSafe’s BioSecurity Platform is a human-centric solution that focuses on slowing the spread of infectious diseases by implementing critical daily screening, exposure notification, and contact tracing case management. For more information schedule a meeting and for broadcast broll, please download here.  

 

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – October 15, 2020

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – October 15, 2020

At ReturnSafe, we work with organizations across Business, Education, Manufacturing, Sports & Entertainment, Hospitality and beyond. This month, we collected a few stories to share how our customers are using ReturnSafe’s BioSecurity platform to return to work. 

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ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – September 15, 2020

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – September 15, 2020

We are excited to announce our first virtual event! On September 23rd, we will be hosting a free webinar to discuss how South Texas College of Law Houston implemented ReturnSafe to keep their school open and safe. Register below!

UPCOMING: Case Study Webinar

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