DMI COVID Update and Maintain proper hygiene
Good Morning Staff,
I was informed that someone’s spouse, who works on the warehouse during our night shift, has been tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member will also be tested this morning and will let us know of the results as soon as this person finds out. This staff member has been informed that even with a negative test result they may not return to work for 2 weeks to ensure they are symptom-free.
This is a very strong reminder the personal hygiene is key! Proper handwashing is your Absolut best defense against this virus. In addition to hand washing, please follow these guidelines:
How to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19?
Hygiene etiquette involves practices that prevent the spread of any illness and disease. A critical time to practice proper hygiene etiquette is when you are sick, especially when coughing or sneezing. Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by:
• Coughing or sneezing
• Unclean hands
• Touching your face after touching contaminated objects
• Touching objects after contaminating your hands
To help stop the spread of germs:
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Put your used tissue in a wastebasket.
• If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
• Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing:
Wash with soap and water, or Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.
Cough etiquette is especially important for infection control measures in healthcare settings, such as emergency departments, doctor’s offices, and clinics.
If you feel like you are getting sick please let a supervisor or manager know and please leave to go home. If you feel like you may be sick prior to work please stay home and call out sick. If a supervisor or manager sees someone looks ill or has any symptoms of COVID19 they will be asked to go home.
One final practice that helps prevent the spread of respiratory disease is avoiding close contact with people who are sick. If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others, so you do not spread your germs. Distancing includes staying home from work or school when possible.
ALL STAFF – Please make sure you keep a 6-foot distance at all times for your co-workers… This will help in preventing any spread if someone does have the virus. This is good advice both at work and away from work (supermarkets and so on…).
For those concerned regarding this news please know at this time we are following the NJ Dept. of Health and CDC guidelines:
CDC does not recommend testing, symptom monitoring or special management for people exposed to asymptomatic people with potential exposures to SARS-CoV-2 (such as in a household), i.e., “contacts of contacts;” these people are not considered exposed to SARS-CoV-2.
Being in the same indoor environment (e.g., a classroom, a hospital waiting room) as a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time but not meeting the definition of close contact is considered LOW exposure risk.
Close contact is defined as:
a) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case
b) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on)
We have had a special cleaning requested in addition to our regular cleaning taking place in light of this news. The staff has been wiping down and spraying work areas (both office and warehouse) prior to the starts of shifts to also ensure a clean environment.
In an effort to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria we are placing rolls of disinfecting wipes and Lysol sprays in the following locations:
-Office & Warehouse kitchens
-Office & Warehouse time clocks
-Mid-section of the office
-Office front desk
-By the hi-los
We ask that employees use these as necessary to wipe down frequently touched surfaces – the time clocks, door handles, keyboards, phones, desks, hi-los, etc. When you are finished using the disinfecting wipes please make sure to close the lid to avoid drying out.
Additionally, these disinfecting wipes and sprays should stay where they have been strategically placed by management. If there is a location that you feel should have disinfecting products that do not appear on the list above, please let HR know and they will work to get some placed there.
Also, please remember to regularly utilize the Purell located around the building as well as to do thorough handwashing in the kitchens and bathrooms.
Thank you for your continued support and effort to keep things working during difficult times!
DMI will continue to do all we can to keep our staff safe and healthy.