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Since late April, when the first states began to lift restrictions put in place to curb the coronavirus outbreak, a new pattern has played out across America: The number of new cases of the coronavirus continues to grow, as does the number of people returning to public life.
In Oregon, retail stores are flipping their window signs to “Open.” In Oklahoma, people can go out dancing at nightclubs again. More than half of the states have started to reopen their economies in some meaningful way. Several more are letting certain counties or regions reopen while keeping the areas worst-hit by the virus shut down.
More at source: NY Times
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” (the Guidance). Although the Guidance is not legally binding, OSHA does emphasize that employers must comply with existing safety and health standards and regulations published by OSHA or by applicable states with their own OSHA-approved plans.
In addition, employers should keep in mind the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s (OSH Act) General Duty Clause, which requires employers to “ provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”
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WASHINGTON — Federal authorities are giving cleaning and disinfecting tips for schools and workplaces to help deal with the coronavirus.
The Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the cleaning guidelines Wednesday.
The guidelines urge Americans to draw up plans to clean areas with soap and water and disinfectant. Recommendations include ensuring custodians have proper protective gear.
EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler says the cleaning guidelines will “help the country reopen as safely as possible.”
More at Source: CDC
Most people in the United States have not been infected by the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but remain susceptible, raising the possibility of another surge, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the report, which traces the development of the pandemic in the United States: “Preliminary results from serologic surveys suggest that even in the U.S. regions with the largest numbers of recognized cases, most persons have not been infected and remain susceptible. Therefore, sustained and concerted efforts will be needed to prevent future spread of SARS-CoV-2 within the United States. “Because SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, remains in circulation and a large proportion of the population remains susceptible, the potential for future acceleration remains.”
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“Doctors and nurses are on the frontlines, and so are we,” Lopez said. “I do public restrooms on the clinic side, so I don’t know who comes in with the virus.”
Lopez, a single mother of two daughters ages nine and two, said she can’t afford to leave the job she’s had for four years.
“My mom made me a face mask and I take my janitorial clothes when I get off work and in my car I change into my regular clothes,” she said. “Then when I come home, I go straight to the shower, put my work clothes with my regular clothes to wash because I don’t want to carry anything inside the house.”
Lopez hasn’t had any symptoms but admits distancing herself from her children has been tough.
“‘Mom why don’t you hug me, why don’t you play with me?’ I have to explain to them that I might be carrying a virus on my clothes or on myself, even though I just showered, to be precautious about it,” Lopez said.
More at source: CBS Los Angeles
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