The Tipton County Chamber is dedicated to providing the latest resources and guidance to help all Tipton businesses stay healthy through the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on frequently asked questions from Tipton businesses, this toolkit is a living, updated resource for employers and employees to navigate these difficult times. Below, find the latest local case information, testing locations, return-to-work guidance, and communication samples to use in the event of a reported case at your place of business.

Please contact Kegan Schmicker (director@tiptonchamber.org) with additional questions or resources to add to this toolkit.

Indiana COVID-19 Restrictions

For Employers

- STAYING SAFE BEFORE A CASE

House of Representatives Template Letter – This letter requests Congress create legislation that would allow businesses to consider PPP loans as gifts and to consider expenses covered by PPP loans as deductible.

Senate Template  Letter – This letter requests Congress create legislation that would allow businesses to consider PPP loans as gifts and to consider expenses covered by PPP loans as deductible.

Use this step-by-step guide to help your company reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed as restrictions lift across the country. The playbook includes safety and sanitation guidance, communications advice, and other best practices information.

  • Antibody Tests tell you if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19; whether results are positive or negative, that does not confirm whether or not you can spread the virus or if you are immune.
  • Viral Tests tell you if you have a current infection.
  • Find the latest locations for both tests here. Local testing locations include:

As a manager or supervisor, you are not to give a medical diagnosis but are permitted to ask questions of an employee to determine their ability to perform their work and the potential impact on the environment. Questions you may ask include:

  • Why do you think you have been exposed?
  • Are you experiencing symptoms (as defined by the CDC)?
  • Have you spoken to your doctor about the need for COVID-19 testing?
  • Have you been instructed to be tested?
  • Further CDC Guidance

If an employee suffered from a fever and cough, was not positively diagnosed for COVID-19 and has recovered, they can return to work under the following conditions (according to the CDC):

  • A minimum of 3 days has passed since recovery, with no fever for at least 72 hours. Employees also must have no abnormal temperature for 72 hours without the use of any fever-reducing medicines like aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Their respiratory symptoms have improved
  • 7 days have passed since symptoms first started

  • Most up-to-date information can be found on the CDC website

Clean the workspaces using CDC’s cleaning guidance. Consider allowing employees to work from home, if possible, while the cleaning takes place. In many work situations, it will not be feasible to have employees work from home; in that situation, encourage employees to use good hygiene practices to lower immediate exposure risk and ask employees to monitor themselves for signs of symptoms. Employees should then be informed of any mitigating strategies that will be employed to ensure the safety of the work area. Mitigation strategies could include alternate work location or rotating shifts to reduce the number of employees in a certain area.

The US Chamber of Commerce has developed a great tool for you to use in your own place of business

  • https://www.uschamber.com/app/covid-19-flyer/

- IF A CONFIRMED CASE IS REPORTED AT YOUR LOCATION

If your place of business has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, an employee from Tipton County Health Department (contact tracer) might call to inform you that you’ve been exposed. Learn more about contact tracing at the state level here.
Please follow these steps:

  • Notify your employees.
  • Notify the landlord/building management.
  • Contact building maintenance or a cleaning service to have the affected area cleaned. View instructions regarding disinfecting.
  • See the suggested external communications below.

 

Current recommendations by the CDC and ISDH state that individuals should isolate for a minimum of 10 days since the symptoms first appeared (if asymptomatic, since the test date), and at least 24 hours have passed without a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications), and other respiratory symptoms have improved. Closure may not be necessary (see above). Please follow the steps:

  • Notify your employees.
  • Notify the landlord/building management.
  • Contact building maintenance or a cleaning service to have the affected area cleaned. View instructions regarding disinfecting.
  • See suggested external communications below.

If an employee or customer that was at your establishment positive for COVID-19, a public notification of exposure from the Health Department may be required. As a business owner, you may wish to alert the public as well. Businesses are not required to disclose to the public if an employee tests positive for COVID-19, but they can choose to do so. Businesses and the Health Department are not allowed to release the name of individuals or employees who test positive to the public or co-workers. 

Click here for sample communications for internal (emails) and external (emails, social media).

If an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 but has not presented symptoms or become ill, they must remain in isolation following their diagnosis. Based on the CDC guidelines, they can return to work after meeting the following conditions:

    • At least 7 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 test
    • For an additional 3 days after they end isolation, they continue to limit contact (stay 6 feet away) with others
    • They wear a mask or other covering of their nose and mouth to limit exposure

If an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and has become mildly or moderately ill due to the virus but did not require hospitalization, they can return to work after meeting the following conditions:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms began
  • They have experienced no abnormal fever for a minimum of 24 hours. Employees must have no significant temperature for 24 hours without the use of any fever-reducing medicines like aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Other symptoms have improved
  • The employee exhibits no symptoms of COVID-19

These individuals pose the highest risk of spreading infection across your workforce. The CDC recommends that any employee who has received a positive test and has been hospitalized receive rigorous testing before returning to work because they may experience longer periods of viral detection compared to those with mild or moderate symptoms.