Coronavirus Guide for West Virginians

 

 

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus strain that is primarily spread through respiratory droplets. Symptoms include fever, dry cough and difficulty breathing and typically occur two to fourteen days after exposure. Below is information for individuals and employers regarding COVID-19 and how to help reduce the spread of this virus.

 

Prevention

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15-20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people, especially those who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Standard household cleansers and wipes are effective in cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

Steps and Tips for Employers

  • Encourage employees to stay home if they are ill
  • Regularly clean commonly shared surfaces within the workplace
  • Emphasize preventative measures in the workplace such as hand washing, etc.
  • Employers cannot require a medical exam unless it is job related and consistent with business necessity
  • Ensure tele-work agreements are updated
  • Have employees take laptops/work home if there are remote-job capabilities

 

Important Resources

 











 

Steve Roberts
President
(304) 342-1115
sroberts@wvchamber.com

Brian Dayton
Vice President of Policy & Advocacy
(304) 342-1266
bdayton@wvchamber.com

Kathy Thomas
Vice President & COO
(304) 414-2472
kthomas@wvchamber.com

Mary Cook
Director of Member Relations
(304) 342-1765
mcook@wvchamber.com

Sarah Thomas
Communications Specialist
(304) 342-1115, ext. 1019
sthomas@wvchamber.com

Elizabeth House
Events Coordinator
(304) 342-1115, ext. 1004
ehouse@wvchamber.com

Kathryn Casto
Administrative Assistant
(304) 342-1115
kcasto@wvchamber.com