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By: Marta J Silakka RN, BSN, CCM, COHN-S, Nurse Case Manager

The NHADA recognizes that our members have concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID 19. 

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Due to the rapidly changing recommendations from the CDC we recommend that members stay informed regularly by reviewing the CDC website.

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Additionally, you may find the following Q&A's resourceful; they were sourced directly from the CDC.

  1. What happens if a dealership employee were to come down with the coronavirus? - Per the CDC website:
    CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).  If they have been diagnosed then they have seen a medical provider and should follow the guidelines set forth by the medical provider

   

  1. How far do they go in quarantining an employee?
  2. If an employee has been diagnosed then the provider will be giving the recommendations re: quarantine/hospitalization including the timing.  

    

  1. How would other employees be affected and what would have to be done to the entire dealership itself?  Per the CDC website: 
  2. Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.  No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.  Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use. If the other employees were exposed to the diagnosed employee they should contact their medical provider ASAP

   

  1. What steps would a dealership have to take?  The CDC has outlined excellent steps for employers to prepare and handle infections – see link to CDC:      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

   

  1. Would CDC or OSHA have to shut down the dealership?
  2. At this time the specifics on this are unknown. 

    

  1. Does "garage keepers" liability insurance cover this? 
  2. Please contact your “garage keepers” carrier.

 

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Please note the publish date of this article and realize that due to the frequent change in recommendations from the CDC, we recommend that you utilize their website as your primary resource.


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Marta J Silakka RN, BSN, CCM, COHN-S, Nurse Case Manager

As the Nurse Case Manager for the Workers Comp Trust; Marta oversees the medical management of the injured workers claims. She assists in referrals within the managed care network and maintains communication between the injured worker, medical providers, employers, and the claims team. Marta also writes for Drive: NH with a focus on health related issues and case management topics. Outside the office she enjoys cooking and organizing social functions for her friends and family as well as spending time with her dogs Gracie and Sawyer.


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