COVID-19 Information for Employers
If you are an employer, you likely have lots of questions about how COVID-19 is affecting your business. We have gathered some of the most commonly-requested information on this page. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please feel free to call the Owensboro Health COVID-19 Hotline (24 hours a day) at 877-888-6647.
Our Occupational Medicine Physicians, Dr. Rhodes and Dr. Oppong, want you to be mindful as you schedule your employee workplace safety programs. The current recommendations include limiting any vaccinations two weeks before and two weeks after the COVID-19 vaccination. This is to not interfere with the person’s immune system’s ability to produce adequate antibodies to the COVID-19 virus. PPD should be postponed until four weeks after the second COVID-19 vaccination or first dose of the Johnson & Johnson. This is to assure that there will not be a false negative PPD in case the person’s immune system is altered after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Should you have questions or concerns pursuant to these recommendations, please call 270-688-6198.
Benchmarks for Reopening Economy
View the order and guidance for more details.
Owensboro Health has collaborated with regional employers by providing screeners for a number of employers. As the Governor continues to roll out plans to open Kentucky for business as usual, those screeners deployed at your locations will need to return to their home departments. Beginning next week, the Governor is allowing us to see some patients in person for those things that simply cannot be handled during a virtual visit, such as a wellness exam. Patients will be asked to wear a cloth face covering or mask when coming to our clinics.
With this slow transition to what we hope will be normal, please be patient with us if we aren’t able to fully support your screening requests. We’ve been proactive in our communication, transparent in our activities, and inclusive with employers as we all collectively work to keep our communities healthy.
Please watch this video for information about screening.
We have held several presentations to help employers determine what they need to do as they face COVID-19. Click below to see the slides from the presentations:
As an employer, you have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but you may be wondering what you can actually do to protect your employees and stop the virus from spreading.
We have put together this PDF with the current best practices recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of the virus in the workplace. Just click the link to download. This PDF includes additional guidance from the Green River District Health Department on how to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19.
We have also gathered some guidance from the CDC on what it means to be exposed to the virus, along with the CDC’s recommendations on what should happen as far as quarantine and isolation if an employee is determined to have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
Download a PDF with the CDC’s info. Their information can also be found at www.CDC.gov/coronavirus.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has also provided some information in terms of control and prevention of the COVID-19 virus.
Download the PDF with guidance from OSHA.