COVID-19: What We Know Today

In light of the ever-changing information on COVID-19 and how it affects employers, here is a review of the actions taken as of this writing, March 16, 2020. Please note, if you have employees in states with protected sick leave laws, please reach out to Employers Council for guidance.

Additional Employers Council resources are:

A Note From Employers Council about Coronavirus from Chief Operating Officer Kim Koy​​

Free Webinar: ​Corona Virus Precautions and Prevention​​

Employers Council Articles:

FYI: Emergency Preparedness

FYI: Furlough – Pay Consideration

FYI: Telecommuting

FEDERAL

On March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. We anticipate it will pass in the Senate, possibly with some revisions, and be signed into law early this week. See our Hot Topic for more information.

On March 15, 2020, the CDC released recommendations for preparing for mass gatherings and meetings. They currently recommend that “… events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.”  Employers Council is in the process of providing remote options to members and participants for classes.  We will be providing updates on our website.

Please remember that the official channels, like the CDC, the WHO, and state websites are the best sources for new information. Employers Council is here to help you navigate in these uncertain times. Please contact us with questions, and keep an eye out for email alerts as new legislation passes.

ARIZONA

On March 11, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey issued a Declaration of Emergency and an Executive Order to provide health officials and administrators with tools and guidance necessary to combat the continued spread of COVID-19 and to reduce financial burdens on Arizonans by lowering healthcare costs associated with the virus.

On March 15, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced a statewide closure of Arizona schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman will work with education officials and public health officials to reassess the need for the school closures and provide further guidance through March 27, 2020.

Current information from Governor Ducey’s office can be found here.

COLORADO

Many public school districts have closed schools for an extended spring break. Contact your local school district if you have questions.

March 14, 2020: Public health alert for people who visited Colorado Springs Bridge Center from late February to early March and may have been exposed to COVID-19.

March 15, 2020: CDPHE recommends that Colorado follow CDC guidance to cancel or postpone in-person events of 50 people or more.

March 15, 2020: CDPHE strongly advises all visitors and residents of Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison counties to minimize social contact.

Current information from Colorado can be found here.

UTAH

Beginning Monday, March 16, Utah’s public schools will cancel all classes until March 30, 2020 and close their buildings to most activities to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Utah System of Higher Education, meanwhile, is canceling all in-person classes on college and university campuses. Wherever possible, classes will be conducted online. Westminster College and Brigham Young University, both private schools, have also closed campuses and move classes online.

State officials are encouraging everyone to take serious precautions, especially staying at least six feet away from other people and staying home if showing any symptoms.

Current information from Utah can be found here.