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New CDC Guidance for Essential Employers & Employees

One question we get asked a lot is this:  "What procedures should I follow if one of our employees may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19?  Do I have to then quarantine the entire office or plant for 14 days if other employees were around this potentially exposed employee?" 
Today the Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidance for essential workers.  This guidance enables essential industries to continue to operate while still providing additional procedures and protections to employees to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.  
Click on this Guidance Document, which we have also posted on the IFCA website under our COVID resources for our members.  The guidance document contains several helpful links on steps to follow and what to communicate to your employees if an exposure occurs, including but not limited to taking temperatures and having employees wear facemasks (even homemade ones).  
This guidance will help remove some of the "unknowns" of what essential businesses like agriculture need to do to control the situation rather than shut down the entire business/office/plant in the middle of our busy season.