Panhandle Businesses and Employers are critical to help "flatten the curve."
May 26, 2020 Updated
Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers conduct a range of operations and services important to maintaining many critical functions. We strongly advise employees and employers be extra precautionary during this critical time.
Construction workers, truck drivers, railroad workers, drilling companies, grocery store employees, delivery services, manufacturing, anything ag-related, and many more, please heed the following:
- Monitor your temperature twice a day, overall symptoms frequently.
- If you are experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea), absolutely immediately call your local healthcare facility or our 24/7 number at 308-262-5764 before going to work.
- If you know you’ve been in direct contact with someone that’s tested positive for COVID-19, immediately call your supervisor before going to work.
- Wear a cloth mask at work and when out in public.
- While conducting essential travel, stay at least six feet away from others, wash or sanitize your hands frequently, regularly sanitize frequently touched items like the steering wheel, blinkers, and other things in truck/work vehicles.
- When you are not at work, stay home and away from others.
- Employers: please DO NOT request a doctor’s note for documentation of an illness during this time. We DO NOT want to use our healthcare system in this way. If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, we will provide employer documentation upon employee request.
We are entering a very critical point in how we prevent exposure to COVID-19 in the Panhandle and it will take ALL of us being extra precautionary.
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- Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases.
- Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if staff become symptomatic at the worksite.
- Review, update, or develop workplace plans to include:
- Leave and telework policies
- Leave policies for people with COVID-19 symptoms
- Consider alternate team approaches (staggered shifts) for work schedules
- Encourage employees to stay home and notify workplace administrators when sick (workplaces should provide non-punitive sick leave options to allow staff to stay home when ill).
- Encourage personal protective measures among staff (e.g. stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
- Ensure hand hygiene supplies are readily available in building.
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- Newly updated resource that’s currently in draft format but being created by UNMC for processing plants. Please see the checklist and playbook. Some may find it particularly helpful for similarly situated businesses - Checklist : Playbook
Employer Resources - Updated 04.23.2020
With the coronavirus that is now prevalent in our state, there are concerns that some employers will need to downsize due to the affected economy.
COVID-19 Workplace Investigations
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Nebraska Chamber Tools for BusinessComparison of COVID-19 Loan Programs - Forgiveness Terms
Nebraska Chamber Resources for Unemployment Programs
Small businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size can apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has teammates available to assist businesses with their questions. Contact information for DED’s regional development team can be found on DED’s COVID-19 website at opportunity.nebraska.gov/nded-covid19. The webpage also has information on SBA resources.
Stress and Coping
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Things you can do to support yourself:
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