Posted on March 10, 2020 at 3:58 PM by Guest Writer Guest Writer
Coronavirus is dominating the news and has brought up conversation among the Ames and Story County business community. We at the Ames Chamber of Commerce wanted to provide you with some resources that may be helpful to you and your company.
Our friends at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry recently summarized helpful precautions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control:
“The Centers for Disease Control recommends several precautions to avoid the spread of the disease. Most are part of a common standard precautionary protocol. They include frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and staying home if you are ill, disinfecting common surfaces, and covering your coughs and sneezes.
Further, the CDC encourages employers to review protocols related to business travel. If business can be conducted remotely via video conference, that procedure is best. Direct staff to frequently disinfect common surfaces, make hand sanitizer available throughout facilities and offices, and direct employees to stay home when ill. Eliminate shaking hands and close greetings.”
Below are links to several reliable resources, including general information about the virus as well as guidance specifically for businesses and employers.
This page will be updated with new and relevant resources as they become available.
- Centers for Disease Control
- Iowa Department of Public Health
- United States Department of Labor
- SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)
- Iowa Workforce Development
Workers impacted by COVID-19 closures can apply online for unemployment benefits: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/file-claim-unemployment-insurance-benefits?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
- City of Ames
- McFarland Clinic
- Mary Greeley Medical Center
- PC Matic
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