AGC Coronavirus Resources
During these unprecedented and ever-changing times, AGC of Greater Milwaukee is working to ensure you are prepared with the latest information and resources related to COVID-19. We are working around the clock to keep you and your teams safe and supported. We will continue to monitor the situation and update the information on this page accordingly.
Below we have assembled general guidance and links to information from our federal agency partners and health organizations.
AGC of Greater Milwaukee COVID-19 Updates
AGC of America COVID-19 Updates and Resources
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV(link is external), SARS-CoV(link is external), and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2). The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in China and some limited person-to-person transmission has been reported in countries outside China, including the United States. However, respiratory illnesses like seasonal flu, are currently widespread in many US communities.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:
- Shortness of breath
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or onging community spread of COVID-19.
What Should Employers Do?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging businesses to begin preparations for the spread of the Coronavirus in the United States. In order to assist you in these preparations, you are encouraged to take the following steps:
- Educate your employees
- What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus
- What To Do When You Are Sick
- Hygiene and health is key – Practicing standard sanitation and hygiene regimens is a top priority.
- Encourage frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water Hand Washing Guidance.
- Hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol content, is a secondary option.
- Remind everyone to keep noses and mouths covered when coughing or sneezing Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette.
- Avoid touching in and around the eyes, with unwashed hands.
- Everyone who has not yet had a flu shot should get one as soon as possible.
- Follow the CDC recommendations for employers:
- Employer Guidance: PREPARE NOW.
- Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene by all employees.
- Perform routine environmental cleaning.
- Update your absenteeism policy and communicate the requirements.
- Update your work from home policy and communicate the requirements.
- Planning Considerations
- Prepare for increased absenteeism
- Cross train employees to handle other functions
- Encourage employees to develop contingency plans for child care in the event there are long term closures of schools and day care centers
- Prepare for business interruption
- Identify alternative suppliers
- Prioritize certain customers
- Prepare to shut down certain functions
- Prepare for increased absenteeism
- DOL: U.S. Department of Labor Updates Frequently Asked Questions to Address Cloth Face Coverings as Personal Protective Equipment
- AGC of Washington’s Toolbox Talk on COVID-19
- CDC Website English | Spanish
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Information for Communities, Schools, and Businesses
- Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities
- DOL: COVID-19 Resources
- DOL: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
- DOL: OSHA Resources for Workers and Employers on COVID-19
- WHO: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
- WHO: Get Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19
- CISA: Risk Management for COVID-19
- Fisher Phillips: Comprehensive And Updated FAQs For Employers On The COVID-19 Coronavirus
- EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19