Returning To Work In Connecticut After COVID-19: What You Should Know

When is it safe to return to work in Connecticut? According to Governor Lamont the expected date for Phase 2 of the business reopen plan is now June 17th instead of June 20th. The new phase includes the following businesses: indoor restaurants, movie theaters, social clubs and pools, personal services, gyms. But, with Phase 2 around the corner, businesses are taking safety measures by disinfecting, cleaning, and prepping their facilities in order to welcome back its workers and customers. AFC Urgent Care Vernon is here to help employers and employers prepare when returning to work in Connecticut after COVID-19. 

What you should know about Phase 2 

There are 5 criterias that need to be met in order for businesses to reopen in phase 2: 

  1. Declining transmission: less than 100 bed net increase in hospitalizations in the last week of phase 1
  2. Testing and contact tracing: 100,000 tests a week and identifying connections between transmissions. 
  3. Protection for critical and at risk individuals: Testing plan for key workers and high risk communities implemented 
  4. Healthcare capacity: < 20% of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients amongst total peak COVID-19 bed capacity
  5. Business & Social Safeguards: Rules and regulations disseminated two weeks prior to phase 2 reopening

Businesses need to have rules and regulations so that they can keep their employees and customers safe. Employers should implement a screening process for workers before letting them enter the facility. This process should include:

  • Asking employees if they have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19
  • Taking employees temperatures regularly
  • Does the employee have documents from health care providers that they are fit to work
  • Has the employee been tested recently?

Safe Workplace Rules Essential Employers Should Have in Place:

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to practice safe workplace rules employers should enforce the following:returning-to-work-in-connecticut-after-covid-19-what-you-should-know-afc-urgent-care-vernon

  • Everyone should be wearing a mask at all times
  • Employees who have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor and stay home.
  • Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps
  • Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments. 
  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions.

If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, employers should: inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

The fellow employees should then self-monitor for symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) and employers should ventilate areas visited by that individual, and clean and disinfect all impacted spaces, especially commonly used rooms and shared equipment. 

Click here for: more information of safe workplace rules and updated guidelines

Get cleared for COVID-19 at AFC Urgent Care Vernon

AFC Urgent Care Vernon  is here to help business owners and employees return to work safely. We’re open 7 days a week and are offering both the PCR Nasal swab test and the Serology Antibody blood draw test for the Vernon, CT community. 

You can pre-register for your test by scheduling a TeleCare visit to speak with one of our providers to get prescreened. From there you can schedule your test for the same day or for a time that you choose. You can also call ahead or walk in, but we recommend you stay in your car with a mask and one of our providers will meet you at your car to prescreen you and take your insurance.

Directions to AFC Urgent Care Vernon: 179 Talcottville Rd.  

Contact: (860) 986-7600 

*A message to Employers:

Business owners who are interested in testing their employees with our Mobile COVID-19 testing can email us at: 

[email protected] to learn more.