COVID-19 Information for Residents, Employees, & Employers
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is something the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce is taking very seriously. It is important for all of us – residents, visitors, employees and employers – to be informed as this rapidly changing situation unfolds.
Guidance for Businesses
The goal for all businesses is to help prevent workplace exposures and provide planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to personal hygiene and surface sanitation (see sidebar at right), businesses should consider:
Reviewing HR policies. Do you have flexible work options? What are your sick leave policies, especially if an employee must self-quarantine for an extended timeframe? Remind employees if they’re sick, they should stay home.
Communicate with Employees. Share accurate information about the situation as it develops, your internal plan, healthcare policy changes, etc.
Plan for employee absences. Sickness, school closures, and infection may reduce the number of employees at work. Make a plan for continuing essential business functions with limited staff (cross-training, identifying essential functions, etc.).
Review travel policies and plans. The best way to keep up-to-date with current travel recommendations is to consult the CDC Website
(as we learn about more programs we will continue to update this list)
- US Bank: Loans for Immediate Assistance
- Idaho Dept. of Commerce: loans for small businesses and nonprofits needing emergency funding
- SBA Disaster Assistance Loans: low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- CDC Guidance for Businesses – Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers: Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
- St. Luke’s COVID-19 Information – Local healthcare information including a detailed FAQ section
- CDC Guidance on Events and Gatherings – Guidance for event planners, election and polling places, cleaning and disinfection guidelines
- US Department of Labor – Information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to pandemics and public health emergencies
ST. LUKES CLINIC – PAYETTE LAKES FAMILY MEDICINE
211 Forest St, McCall ID 83638
(208) 381-9500 *call this number for COVID-19 screenings
- Protocol if you suspect you have COVID-19 » – Please call first. If you are having difficulty breathing, proceed to the Emergency Room (call first, even from your vehicle so staff can take appropriate precautionary measures).
- St. Luke’s Parking Protocol – No drive-through testing at this time. Staff will greet you in the parking lot and help direct you to the appropriate location.
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay home if you’re sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
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.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Recognize the Symptoms of COVID-19
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of Breath