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Cleveland Brothers COVID-19 Policy and Procedures

By: Cleveland Brothers
March 18, 2020

As the (COVID-19 virus, a.k.a. “Coronavirus”) continues to develop and spread in the United States, we continue to see cases here in Pennsylvania and now in West Virginia.

Cleveland Brothers wants to provide the following update in an effort to ensure the safety of our employees and our customers.  We expect events to change in the coming weeks and the impact on our business is difficult to predict, so please be patient. The below actions and steps being implemented today may change in the coming days or weeks.

At this time, Cleveland Brothers will not be closing any of our facilities but will follow any updated guidance from our State or Federal Government.  The current guidance is to limit or cancel gatherings of 10 people or more and we have made the appropriate arrangements and communicated this to our management and employees.

Please note the following actions and procedures to follow at Cleveland Brothers to ensure the safety of both our employees and our customers:

Absences:

  • Absences could be due to illness or related to self-isolation or quarantine.
    • If you are sick please stay home!
    • If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your supervisor and HR immediately.  Do not come into work.
    • Employees at risk include those who are over the age of 60 and those with compromised immune system.  These employees should contact their supervisor. Your supervisor will work with HR to make reasonable accommodations.
    • Pennsylvania’s governor has closed all schools through Friday, March 27, 2020.  If this impacts your ability to work normal hours please contact your supervisor. Your supervisor will work with HR and management to try and make reasonable accommodations to work from home if possible.
    • Employees are requested to stay home if they have symptoms (Common symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath).
    • Employees who report to work with symptoms will be sent home.
    • An employee who has been absent from work due to the virus should provide a doctor’s note certifying that he or she has been fever-free for 24 hours without aid of medication and is fit to return to work.
    • Employees who have been on a cruise or returning from a cruise may be asked to quarantined or not report to work for 14 days. Please notify your supervisor accordingly.
    • Individuals who have traveled from China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Spain, Ireland, and the UK or have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 should self-isolate for 14 days.  If you have a family member that has been to one of these areas please contact Audrey Yonko or Diane Hatalla, numbers are listed below.
    • Keep up to date on the latest Coronavirus hotspots and travel advisories through the CDC and US State Department websites. If possible, avoid traveling to those places.

Precautions:

  • Postpone Safety Meetings for 1 month, send out presentations electronically
  • All training is postponed
  • You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading the Coronavirus by taking some simple precautions:
    • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
      • You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
    • Social Distancing:  Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid shaking hands.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Follow good respiratory hygiene.
      • This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
    • Stay home if you feel unwell.
    • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical attention.
    • It is recommended that you only wear a face mask if you are sick to prevent others around you from getting sick or if you are in a healthcare provider’s office.  If you are not sick, there is no need to wear a mask unless you are a caregiver.

Transmission:

  • How Does it Spread?
    • Primarily person-to-person
      • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
      • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    • Contact with infected surfaces or objects
      • It may be possible to get the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or eyes.
      • According to the WHO, COVID-19 virus may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
    • Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
      • A person is most contagious when symptomatic.
      • But a person may be contagious before showing symptoms
        • Most estimates of the incubation period for the Coronavirus range from 1-14 days.

How to Clean and Disinfect:

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
    This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Cleaning your car or truck on the inside is also recommended (steering wheels, seats, door handles, window buttons, turn signals, etc.  Any surface you touch take the time to wipe down please!
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and
    water prior to disinfection.
  • To disinfect:
    • Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
    • Options include:
      • Diluted household bleach
      • Alcohol solutions provided the solution has at least 70% alcohol
      • See CDC website for more information
      • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning.  Wash your hands after removing the gloves.
  • For more information on cleaning and disinfecting visit the CDC’s website:

If you have further questions, please contact your sales representative at Cleveland Brothers.

We are confident that in the coming weeks the actions taken by Cleveland Brothers, our customers and others across the region and country will go a long way in reducing the spread of the Coronavirus.  We will continue to strive to support our customers as best we can under the circumstance realizing that everyone’s safety is our top concern.

Jay Cleveland, Jr.
President and CEO


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