Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC
COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE PLAN Prepared: May 27, 2020
Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC takes the health and safety of our employees seriously. We are all living through the spread of COVID-19 and the need for certain employees to continue in-person work. Others either are or will soon be welcomed back into work, either because they are critical infrastructure workers, because they are needed to conduct minimum basic operations for our business or because our business is once again allowed to open. We want you to know that we are committed to reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and we are ready to provide a healthy and safe workplace for our employees, patients and guests.
Our plan is based on information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) at the time of its development. Because the COVID-19 situation is frequently changing, the need for modifications may occur based on further guidance provided by the CDC, OSHA, and other public officials at the state or local levels. Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC is focused on three lines of defense:
1. Limiting the number of people together at the same time in the same place,
2. Sanitizing all areas and
3. Requiring appropriate personal protection equipment including masks, face shields, etc.
Note: Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC may amend this Plan based on changing requirements and the need of our business.
The spread of COVID-19 in the workplace can come from several sources:
• Guests – visitors/vendors/family members
• The General Public
Our employees fall into one or more of the following categories as defined by OSHA:
• Lower exposure risk (the work performed does not require direct contact with people known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19 or frequent close contact with the public). Workers in this category include Doctors, Surgical Assistants, ITCs, Front Desk and Administrative personnel.
• Medium exposure risk (the work performed requires frequent and/or close contact with people who may be infected with COVID-19, but who are not known COVID-19 patients, or contact with the general public in areas where there is ongoing community transmission). Workers in this category include Doctors, Surgical Assistants, ITCs and Front Desk.
• High exposure risk (the work performed has high potential for exposure to known or suspected sources of COVID-19. Workers in this category include: Doctors and Surgical Assistants.
• Very high exposure risk (the work performed has high potential for exposure to known or suspected sources of COVID-19 during specific medical procedures. Workers in this category include: Doctors and Surgical Assistants performing aerosol-generating procedures.
COVID-19 WORKPLACE COORDINATORS (TASK FORCE)
Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC has designated the following staff as its COVID-19 Workplace Coordinators:
• Lynn Howard, Practice Administrator – email@example.com 586-755-9340 x105
• Charlene Chames, Safety & OSHA Coordinator –firstname.lastname@example.org 586-755-9340 x109
• Arshi Lehal, DDS, MD -email@example.com 586-755-9340 x168
The Coordinators responsibilities include:
• staying up to date on federal, state and local guidance
• incorporating those recommendations into our workplace
• training our workforce on control practices, proper use of personal protective equipment, the steps employees must take to notify our business of any COVID-19 symptoms or suspected cases of COVID-19.
• reviewing HR policies and practices to ensure they are consistent with this Plan and existing local, state and federal requirements
RESPONSIBILITIES OF Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC SUPERVISORS AND MANAGERS
All Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC doctors/managers/supervisors must be familiar with this Plan and be ready to answer questions from employees. Additionally, Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC expects that all doctors/managers/supervisors will set a good example by following this Plan. This includes practicing good personal hygiene and jobsite safety practices to prevent the spread of the virus. Doctors, Managers and Supervisors must encourage this same behavior from all employees.
Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC will require and keep a record of all self-screening protocols for all employees entering the worksite, including, at a minimum, a questionnaire covering symptoms and suspected or confirmed cases of COVID -19.
Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC will:
• Provide N-95 or KN-95 masks, surgical masks and face shields to all employees.
• N-95 or KN-95 masks MUST be worn by all staff (including front and ITCs) and all doctors when they are with patients.
• N-95 or KN-95 masks MUST be worn when working/talking, etc. closer than 6 feet with staff and doctors.
• Surgical masks are allowed when you are NOT dealing with a patient or are further than 6 feet from another staff member or doctor.
• Private offices – doctors and staff working in a private office DO NOT need to wear any mask as long as they are alone and without visitors.
• Increase facility cleaning and disinfection to limit exposure to COVID-19, especially on high-touch surfaces (e.g., door handles), paying special attention to all areas in the operatory rooms, patient bathrooms, reception areas, and check in and check-out counters.
• Adopt protocols to clean and disinfect the facility in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace.
• Install sneeze barriers at all check-out counters.
• Purchase a UV box for each office.
• Install Surgically Clean air machines in each office.
• Make cleaning supplies available to employees upon entry and at the worksite and provide time for employees to wash hands frequently or to use hand sanitizer.
• When an employee is identified with a confirmed case of COVID-19, within 24 hours, notify both:
1. The local public health department, and
2. Any co-workers, patients, or vendors who may have come into contact with the person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
• Conduct a daily entry self-screening protocol for all employees entering the workplace, including, at a minimum, a questionnaire covering symptoms and suspected or confirmed exposure to people with possible COVID-19. Temperatures at the beginning of the day as well as the end of the day will be taken.
• Train employees on how to report unsafe work conditions. An anonymous online email will be used.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF EMPLOYEES
We are asking each of our employees to help with our prevention efforts while at work. Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC understands that in order to minimize the impact of COVID-19 at our facility, everyone needs to play his or her part. We have instituted several best practices to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and prevent its spread in the workplace. This includes specific cleaning efforts and social distancing. While here at work, all employees must follow these best practices for them to be effective. Beyond these best practices, we require employees to report to their managers or supervisors immediately if they are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, as described below. If employees have specific questions about this Plan or COVID-19, they should ask their manager, supervisor or contact Dr. John Hackenberger.
OSHA and the CDC Prevention Guidelines
OSHA and the CDC have provided the following preventive guidance for all workers, regardless of exposure risk:
• Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Follow appropriate respiratory etiquette, which includes covering for coughs and sneezes.
• Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
• Maintain appropriate social distance of six feet to the greatest extent possible.
Additionally, employees must familiarize themselves with the symptoms and exposure risks of COVID-19. The primary symptoms of COVID-19 include the following:
• Dry cough;
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
• Fever (either feeling feverish or a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher);
• Repeated shaking with chills
• Muscle pain
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell
Individuals with COVID-19 may also have early symptoms such as, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.
If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a typical cough or shortness of breath, do not report to work. You must also notify your supervisor immediately, and consult their healthcare provider. Similarly, if employees come into close contact with someone showing these symptoms, they must notify their supervisor immediately and consult their healthcare provider. We have the responsibility to work to identify and notify all employees who have close contact with individuals with COVID-19 symptoms. “Close contact” is not brief or incidental contact with a person with COVID-19 symptoms.
The CDC defines “close contact” as either:
• Being within roughly six feet of a COVID-19 infected person or a person with any symptom(s) for a “prolonged period of time;” ( the CDC estimates range from 10 to 30 minutes, or,
• Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 infected person or a person with any COVID-19 symptom(s) (i.e., being coughed on).
HEALTH AND SAFETY PREVENTATIVE MEASURES FOR Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC
Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC has put a number of best practices and measures in place to ensure the health and safety of identified groups of individuals. With each group of individuals, our Plan is focused on three lines of defense – limiting the number of people together at a time, sanitizing all areas, and requiring appropriate personal protection equipment.
Minimizing exposure from co-workers.
Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC takes the following steps to minimize exposure from co-workers to COVID-19 by educating employees on protective behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 and provide employees with the necessary tools for these protective behaviors, including…
• Posting CDC information, including recommendations on risk factors
• Providing tissues and no-touch trash bins to minimize exposure to infectious secretions
• Informing employees of the importance of good hand hygiene. Regularly washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the most effective ways for employees to minimize exposure to COVID-19. If soap and water are not readily available, employees should use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. If hands are visibly dirty, soap and water should be chosen over hand sanitizer.
• Encourage good hand hygiene by ensuring that adequate supplies of soap and hand sanitizer are maintained and placing hand sanitizers in multiple locations.
• Discourage handshaking and encourage the use of other non-contact methods of greeting
• When possible, avoid the use of other employees’ phones, desks, offices, other work tools and equipment, and other commonly touched surfaces.
• If the above cannot be avoided, clean and disinfect them before and after use
• Limit in-person meetings
• Restrict the number of workers present on-site to no more than necessary
• Promote remote work as much as possible
• Encourage and require social distancing to the greatest extent possible while in the workplace
• Encourage employees to minimize ridesharing. If this cannot be avoided, while in vehicles, employees must ensure adequate ventilation
• Consider use of masks when on lunch breaks
• Stagger lunch breaks to minimize the number of employees in the breakroom
• Do not share food utensils and food with other employees
• In areas where employees work within 6 feet of each other, computer stations should be moved or repositioned to increase distance
Checklist for Employers when employee tests positive for COVID-19
• Treat positive test results and “suspected but unconfirmed” cases of COVID-19 the same.
• If the source of infection is known, identify if it was at the workplace or outside.
• If the infection was contracted inside the workplace, notify workers’ compensation carrier.
Place the employee on workers’ compensation leave (with pay); and
Record the infection in the employer’s OSHA 300 log.
• Consider and then include employee benefit plans that may be available including: FMLA, PTP, paid sick leave, etc.
• Ask employee if he or she grants the employer permission to disclose the fact that the employee is infected.
o If yes:
Notify employee’s manager(s) or supervisor(s) that employee is infected with COVID-19 and is out on leave.
For everyone else, respond to inquiries by disclosing employee is on a leave of absence for non-disciplinary purposes.
o If no:
Notify employee’s manager(s) or supervisor(s) only that employee is on a leave of absence for non-disciplinary purposes.
o Regardless of yes or no:
Disclose identity of employee to any required notification to OSHA or the health department.
• Notify employee’s co-workers who may have come into contact with employee at work within the past 14 days that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and may wish to see a healthcare provider.
o Not required to notify other office locations unless the employee visited those sites within past 14 days.
• DO NOT identify the infected employee by name and to the greatest extent possible, avoid making any direct or indirect references that would lead co-workers to identity of the employee.
• For employees who had close contact with employee in past 14 days, send them home for a 14-day self-quarantine.
• Notify known patients, vendors, or third parties with whom the employee may have come into contact with while at work within the past 14 days that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and may wish to see a healthcare provider. DO NOT identify the infected employee by name.
• To the extent reasonably possible, avoid making any direct or indirect references that would lead the person to guess the identity of the employee.
• Currently, there is no guidance on how far a company should investigate for third parties who may have come into contact with an employee through work. It is safe to include any parties on the employee’s work calendar, in visitor logs, or otherwise readily available or known.
• Arrange for a through cleaning of the employee’s workspace, immediate surrounding area, and areas likely visited (break room, restroom, locker, etc.).
• Respond to inquiries by CDC or public health authorities as received.
Restrict employees from the workplace if they display symptoms of COVID-19
• Employees will complete a health assessment log and temperature checks at the beginning and ending of each work day.
• Any employee with COVID-19 symptoms will be immediately separated from other individuals and sent home.
• The ability to work remotely will be encouraged where possible.
• Guidance from the employee’s health care provider on their return to work date will be required.
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home:
• Include a statement regarding your PTO program, Families First Coronavirus Response Act Policies and Posters should be posted in common places as well as on the employee shared IT drives (if employees have questions regarding use of emergency paid sick time, employees should contact Lynn Howard.
• Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC will follow state and federal guidance for return to work guidance.
• Guidance from the employee’s health care provider will also be considered
If an employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19, Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC ensures the following:
• We will communicate with co-workers
• We will work with our local health department to provide them with the name of any identified employees that may have been exposed
• We will report cases to OSHA via their reporting/recordkeeping requirements
• Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC will follow CDC and State guideline protocols for return to work, including workplace contact tracing and CDC-recommended cleaning and disinfecting in all affected areas
• Guidance from the employee’s health care provider will also be considered
• We will perform increased environmental cleaning and disinfection
o Employees should sanitize their work areas upon arrival, throughout the workday, and immediately before leaving for the day
o We will all routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs.
o Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC provides disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, copiers, desks, other work tools and equipment) can be wiped down by employees before each use.
o Eliminate/restrict work-related travel if possible and limit employees’ exposure to employee who traveled until we can confirm traveling employee does not have COVID-19 symptoms
o Employees at a higher risk for serious illness due to COVID-19 will be encouraged to work remotely. If working remotely is not possible, additional precautions will be put in place to ensure their safety, including working in separate workspaces.
o Monitor and respond to absenteeism
• Employees are reminded about our employee assistance program (EAP) resources and community resources as needed.
o EAP hotline at (800) 624-5544
o Mental health services that may be available through the employer’s health plan (855) 624-5214
o County Health Department at Macomb – (586) 469-5235, Oakland – (248) 858-1280 and Wayne – (313) 224-0810
o Health Insurance telehealth at (855) 624-5214
Minimizing exposure from those outside our workforce including patients, guests, vendors, business partners, delivery people, and temporary or contract labor
• Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC business practices are evaluated to ensure safety and health of all individuals. This is done on a phased approach. Beginning with appointment only onsite meetings, virtual meetings and finally transitioning to onsite meetings with appropriate precautions when that time comes.
• Social distancing practices to be observed:
o 6-foot distances are encouraged at all times when possible
o In person meetings with vendors, etc. are to be limited
o Limit the number of patients allowed into the offices at one time
o Patients are not to exceed one person with them and will be asked to wait in the car when possible.
• Information is posted throughout the worksite educating individuals on ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19
• Any individual entering one of Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC facilities may have their temperature checked and/or a questionnaire completed prior to entry.
• Individual symptoms will be observed and individuals displaying symptoms of COVID -19 will be removed from the workplace.
• Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC will install sneeze barriers at check-out counters to provide a barrier where 6 feet distancing is not practical
• Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC will require that all patients, guests, vendors, business partners, delivery people and temporary or contract labor entering our premises to wear masks. If a patient does not have a mask, we will provide one for them so they can be seen. Hand sanitizer will also be available in all patient areas for their use.
• Companies that provide contract or temporary employees have been contacted about the importance of sick employees staying home and we encourage them to follow our practices and standards to work with their employees to maintain the health & safety of others.
• All business partners that work within Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC have been provided this Plan and must adhere to all safety protocols previously mentioned.
This Plan is based on information and guidance from the CDC and OSHA at the time of its development. The safety of our employees and visitors remain the top priority at Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC. We recognize that all individuals are responsible for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure to our workforce and visitors. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve and spread, Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC is monitoring the situation closely and will update our guidance based on the most current recommendations from the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), OSHA and any other public entities.
Executive Order 2020-97 (COVID-19)
Safeguards to protect Michigan’s workers from COVID-19
Rescission of Executive Order 2020-91
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death. It is caused by a new strain of coronavirus not previously identified in humans and easily spread from person to person. There is currently no approved vaccine or antiviral treatment for this disease.
On March 10, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services identified the first two presumptive-positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. On that same day, I issued Executive Order 2020-4. This order declared a state of emergency across the state of Michigan under section 1 of article 5 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the Emergency Management Act, 1976 PA 390, as amended, MCL 30.401 et seq., and the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945, 1945 PA 302, as amended, MCL 10.31 et seq.
Since then, the virus spread across Michigan, bringing deaths in the thousands, confirmed cases in the tens of thousands, and deep disruption to this state’s economy, homes, and educational, civic, social, and religious institutions. On April 1, 2020, in response to the widespread and severe health, economic, and social harms posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, I issued Executive Order 2020-33. This order expanded on Executive Order 2020-4 and declared both a state of emergency and a state of disaster across the State of Michigan under section 1 of article 5 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the Emergency Management Act, and the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945. And on April 30, 2020, finding that COVID-19 had created emergency and disaster conditions across the State of Michigan, I issued Executive Order 2020-67 to continue the emergency declaration under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act, as well as Executive Order 2020-68 to issue new emergency and disaster declarations under the Emergency Management Act.
The Emergency Management Act vests the governor with broad powers and duties to “cop[e] with dangers to this state or the people of this state presented by a disaster or emergency,” which the governor may implement through “executive orders, proclamations, and directives having the force and effect of law.” MCL 30.403(1)-(2). Similarly, the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945 provides that, after declaring a state of emergency, “the governor may promulgate reasonable orders, rules, and regulations as he or she considers necessary to protect life and property or to bring the emergency situation within the affected area under control.” MCL 10.31(1).
To suppress the spread of COVID-19, to prevent the state’s health care system from being overwhelmed, to allow time for the production of critical test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment, to establish the public health infrastructure necessary to contain the spread of infection, and to avoid needless deaths, it is reasonable and necessary to direct residents to remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible. To that end, on March 23, 2020, I issued Executive Order 2020-21, ordering all people in Michigan to stay home and stay safe. In Executive Orders 2020-42, 2020-59, 2020-70, 2020-77, and 2020-92, I extended that initial order, modifying its scope as needed and appropriate to match the ever-changing circumstances presented by this pandemic.
The measures put in place by these executive orders have been effective: the number of new confirmed cases each day has started to drop. Although the virus remains aggressive and persistent—on May 20, 2020, Michigan reported 53,009 confirmed cases and 5,060 deaths—the strain on our health care system has begun to relent, even as our testing capacity has increased. We have now begun the process of gradually resuming in-person work and activities that were temporarily suspended under my prior orders. In so doing, however, we must move with care, patience, and vigilance, recognizing the grave harm that this virus continues to inflict on our state and how quickly our progress in suppressing it can be undone.
In particular, businesses must do their part to protect their employees, their patrons, and their communities. Many businesses have already done so by implementing robust safeguards to prevent viral transmission. But we can and must do more: no one should feel unsafe at work. With Executive Order 2020-91, I created an enforceable set of workplace standards that apply to all businesses across the state. I am now amending those standards to include new provisions governing outpatient health-care facilities.
Acting under the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, I order the following:
I. All businesses or operations that are permitted to require their employees to leave the homes or residences for work under Executive Order 2020-92, and any order that follows it, must, at a minimum:
a. Develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, consistent with recommendations in Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and available here. By June 1, 2020, or within two weeks of resuming in-person activities, whichever is later, a business’s or operation’s plan must be made readily available to employees, labor unions, and customers, whether via website, internal network, or by hard copy
b. Designate one or more worksite supervisors to implement, monitor, and report on the COVID-19 control strategies developed under subsection (a). The supervisor must remain on-site at all times when employees are present on site. An on-site employee may be designated to perform the supervisory role.
c. Provide COVID-19 training to employees that covers, at a minimum:
1. Workplace infection-control practices
2. The proper use of personal protective equipment.
3. Steps the employee must take to notify the business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
4. How to report unsafe working conditions.
d. Conduct a daily entry self-screening protocol for all employees or contractors entering the workplace, including, at a minimum, a questionnaire covering symptoms and suspected or confirmed exposure to people with possible COVID-19.
e. Keep everyone on the worksite premises at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible, including through the use of ground markings, signs, and physical barriers, as appropriate to the worksite.
f. Provide non-medical grade face coverings to their employees, with supplies of N95 masks and surgical masks reserved, for now, for health care professionals, first responders (e.g., police officers, fire fighters, paramedics), and other critical workers.
g. Require face coverings to be worn when employees cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace, and consider face shields when employees cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace.
h. Increase facility cleaning and disinfection to limit exposure to COVID-19, especially on high-touch surfaces (e.g., door handles), paying special attention to parts, products, and shared equipment (e.g., tools, machinery, vehicles).
i. Adopt protocols to clean and disinfect the facility in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace.
j. Make cleaning supplies available to employees upon entry and at the worksite and provide time for employees to wash hands frequently or to use hand sanitizer.
k. When an employee is identified with a confirmed case of COVID-19, within 24 hours, notify both:
1. The local public health department, and
2. Any co-workers, contractors, or suppliers who may have come into contact with the person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
l. An employer will allow employees with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 to return to the workplace only after they are no longer infectious according to the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).
m. Follow Executive Order 2020-36, and any executive orders that follow it, that prohibit discharging, disciplining, or otherwise retaliating against employees who stay home or who leave work when they are at particular risk of infecting others with COVID-19.
n. Establish a response plan for dealing with a confirmed infection in the workplace, including protocols for sending employees home and for temporary closures of all or part of the worksite to allow for deep cleaning.
o. Restrict business-related travel for employees to essential travel only.
p. Encourage employees to use personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer on public transportation.
q. Promote remote work to the fullest extent possible.
r. Adopt any additional infection-control measures that are reasonable in light of the work performed at the worksite and the rate of infection in the surrounding community.
II. Businesses or operations whose work is primarily and traditionally performed outdoors must:
III. Businesses or operations in the construction industry must:
IV. Manufacturing facilities must:
V. Research laboratories, but not laboratories that perform diagnostic testing, must:
VI. Retail stores that are open for in-store sales must:
VII. Restaurants and bars must:
VIII. Outpatient health-care facilities, including clinics, primary care physician offices, or dental offices, and also including veterinary clinics, must:
a. Post signs at entrance(s) instructing patients to wear a face covering when inside.
b. Limit waiting-area occupancy to the number of individuals who can be present while staying six feet away from one another and ask patients, if possible, to wait in cars for their appointment to be called.
c. Mark waiting rooms to enable six feet of social distancing (e.g., by placing X’s on the ground and/or removing seats in the waiting room).
d. Enable contactless sign-in (e.g., sign in on phone app) as soon as practicable.
e. Add special hours for highly vulnerable patients, including the elderly and those with chronic conditions.
f. Conduct a common screening protocol for all patients, including a temperature check and questions about COVID-19 symptoms.
g. Place hand sanitizer and face coverings at patient entrance(s).
h. Require employees to make proper use of personal protective equipment in accordance with guidance from the CDC and the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
i. Require patients to wear a face covering when in the facility, except as necessary for identification or to facilitate an examination or procedure.
j. Install physical barriers at sign-in, temperature screening, or other service points that normally require personal interaction (e.g., plexiglass, cardboard, tables).
k. Employ telehealth and telemedicine to the greatest extent possible.
l. Limit the number of appointments to maintain social distancing and allow adequate time between appointments for cleaning.
m. Employ specialized procedures for patients with high temperatures or respiratory symptoms (e.g., special entrances, having them wait in their car) to avoid exposing other patients in the waiting room.
n. Deep clean examination rooms after patients with respiratory symptoms and clean rooms between all patients.
o. Establish procedures for building disinfection in accordance with CDC guidance if it is suspected that an employee or patient has COVID-19 or if there is a confirmed case.
X. Employers must maintain a record of the requirements set forth in Sections 1(c), (d), and (k).
XI. The rules described in sections 1 through 10 have the force and effect of regulations adopted by the departments and agencies with responsibility for overseeing compliance with workplace health-and-safety standards and are fully enforceable by such agencies. Any challenge to penalties imposed by a department or agency for violating any of the rules described in sections 1 through 10 of this order will proceed through the same administrative review process as any challenge to a penalty imposed by the department or agency for a violation of its rules.
XII. Any business or operation that violates the rules in sections 1 through 10 has failed to provide a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that are causing, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to an employee, within the meaning of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act, MCL 408.1011.
XIII. Nothing in this order shall be taken to limit or affect any rights or remedies otherwise available under law.
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Michigan.
GRETCHEN WHITMER GOVERNOR
Date: May 21, 2020
Time: 9:49 am