Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2). The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in China and some limited person-to-person transmission has been reported in countries outside China, including the United States. However, respiratory illnesses like seasonal flu, are currently widespread in many US communities.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or onging community spread of COVID-19.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging businesses to begin preparations for the spread of the Coronavirus in the United States. In order to assist you in these preparations, you are encouraged to take the following steps:
Educate your employees
-Hygiene and health is key – Practicing standard sanitation and hygiene regimens is a top priority.
-Encourage frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water Hand Washing Guidance.
-Hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol content, is a secondary option.
-Remind everyone to keep noses and mouths covered when coughing or sneezing Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette.
– Avoid touching in and around the eyes, with unwashed hands.
-Everyone who has not yet had a flu shot should get one as soon as possible
Follow the CDC recommendations for employers:
-Employer Guidance: PREPARE NOW.
-Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene by all employees.
-Perform routine environmental cleaning.
-Update your absenteeism policy and communicate the requirements.
-Update your work from home policy and communicate the requirements.
-Prepare for increased absenteeism
1.Cross train employees to handle other functions
2.Encourage employees to develop contingency plans for child care in the event there are long term closures of schools and day care centers
Prepare for business interruption
-Identify alternative suppliers
-Prioritize certain customers
-Prepare to shut down certain functions
Best Practices for Construction Jobsites
– Personal Responsibilities
– Social Distancing
-Jobsite / Office Practices
-Managing Sick Employees
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March 21, 2020
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March 20, 2020
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Tell Congress to Protect Construction Jobs and Markets!
The COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on construction businesses necessary for building and maintaining critical infrastructure such as that used to transport essential goods and services, deliver clean water and electricity, and protect our national security, among other things.
Please join us in telling Congress to take immediate action to:
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AGC Joins Chorus of Groups Calling for Tax Measures to Safeguard Businesses during Outbreak
On March 18, AGC joined a host of other business groups in calling on Congress to enact a number of tax-related measures to safeguard companies, regardless of size, during the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes policies such as immediately providing accessible, unsecured credit to businesses, suspend the filing of business returns and the payment of all business taxes, and amending the Tax Code to, among other items, restore the ability of businesses to carryback any net operating losses against previous year tax payments. AGC believes these measures will help to minimize the number of businesses closed and workers unemployed during this time and ensure that all businesses have the resources necessary to ride out the pandemic.
AGC Calls for Federal Contractors to be Compensated for COVID-19 Related Losses; Equitable Adjustments due to Facility Restriction
AGC Opposes House-Passed Paid Leave Proposal
In a March 16, 2020 letter to the Senate, AGC stressed the need to address the 14 weeks of employer-fronted paid leave mandated under the House-passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and to offer workable solutions.
AGC cannot support a Senate product that includes this House-passed proposal in H.R. 6201 and reserves the right to record the vote on legislation including such a proposal as an AGC “Key Vote” for the education of its membership.
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