First, stay calm and put your preparedness plan to work.

  • Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation. Check in with your local and state officials via their website’s for the most up to date information.
  • Continue practicing everyday preventive actions. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using a regular household detergent and water.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Notify your workplace as soon as possible that you may have had contact with COVID-19. Ask to work from home or take leave for up to 14 days or more.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. If you have a chronic medical condition or live alone, ask family, friends, and health care providers to check in on you. Stay in touch with family and friends, especially those at increased risk of developing severe illness, such as older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions.

Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.