Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 19)
In recent weeks the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has received much media coverage. We cannot predict how this disease will progress, however we do know both Dallas and Collin Counties have taken drastic measures to stop the spread.
Without the advantage of a crystal ball, it is prudent for all of us to become knowledgeable of this disease and the reasonable precautions we can all take for the safety of our employees and clients.
Working with our partners at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), the US Chamber of Commerce, and others we are pulling together resources.
Please check this page and the links below for more/new information as it becomes available.
County Response Efforts and Priorities
The National Association of Counties (NACo) has a map with outstanding information by state and county. https://www.naco.org/resources/featured/coronavirus-disease-2019
Taking Precautions with COVID-19
As we continue to learn about more confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the globe and in Texas, we want to ensure that we’re following the recommendations set forth by Texas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The health and wellness of our members and our community is critically important to us, so we want to provide the latest guidelines to all of you as you consider the precautions you and your team will take in the coming days.
Based on recommendations of the CDC, we are asking you the following questions.
- Have you or someone in your household gone on a cruise or traveled to a country on the CDC’s Level 3 watch list in the last 30 days? At this time, these include China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. These may change. See the CDC’s guidelines for the most up-to-date list.
- Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.
- Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a fever, cough or shortness of breath. See the CDC’s symptom information.
If you answered “yes’ to any of those questions self quarantine and seek medical advise immediately.
If you answered “no,” we ask you to take the advice of the CDC, including:
- Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you’re sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
- Clean surfaces in your home and personal items, such as cell phones, using regular household products.
- Consider an “elbow bump” instead of a hug or handshake.
Our goal is to minimize the impact on our community by looking to our public health experts for guidance related to COVID-19. Here are some additional resources for your reference.
- Link to your state’s health department
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers – CDC
- Risk Assessment Guidance – CDC
We want to ensure we’re aligning with best practices to do all we can to keep our community healthy.