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Posted on January 4, 2022 at 3:04 PM by Sacha Coughran
By Kari Bray and Jonathan Moore Workplaces are doing things differently during the coronavirus pandemic to prevent the spread of illness. It can be confusing and frustrating at times for workers as well as supervisors and business owners. There have been cases of COVID-19 in workplaces in Snohomish County, and there will be more as businesses reopen or expand operations. The Health District’s business and employer response team have worked with more than 80 employers on COVID-19 outbreaks, plus dozens more on single cases and implementation of workplace precautions. More people going back to work means more in-person contact, which is how this disease spreads. We urge businesses to take all recommended precautions, like requiring masks, distancing employees as well as customers, sanitizing surfaces and equipment, optimizing ventilation, offering telework options when possible, and ensuring people who are ill do not come to work. This includes allowing employees the leave and flexibility they need to remain home until they are no longer contagious. Creating safe and healthy workplaces is crucial if we want to increase and sustain economic activity during the pandemic. However, even with best efforts, cases can happen. This disease is good at getting around. It is essential that employers work with public health to address cases in the workplace and reduce the likelihood that an outbreak will worsen.