One or more individuals at the APL has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 infection.
You are receiving this General Exposure Advisory because you are believed to have been at the workplace, but NOT in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual. Close contact is defined as having direct face-to-face contact, being coughed or sneezed on, kissing, sharing food or eating utensils, or being within six feet of each other for more than a few minutes. (Those in close contact will receive a separate Close Contact Advisory).
For the next 14 days, self-monitor for symptoms. See below for a list of symptoms of COVID-19.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 within the next 14 days of receiving this notice, you should promptly contact your health care provider and mention that you received this General Exposure Advisory about COVID-19.
Information about COVID-19
We are providing the following information about COVID-19 to increase your awareness.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet) for a period of time. The virus mainly spreads via respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, although there is now some evidence of airborne transmission. Close contact includes being coughed or sneezed on, kissing, sharing food or eating, or being within six feet of an infected person for a period of time.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are the most symptomatic (the sickest), although there is now evidence that asymptomatic people can spread the virus before they begin or show signs and even when they remain asymptomatic.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms can include tiredness, muscles aches, sore throat, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Symptoms usually begin about 5 days after exposure but may appear as soon as 2 days or up to 14 days after exposure.
Those over the age of 65 years and those with chronic medical conditions, such as chronic lung disease and end stage kidney disease, are especially vulnerable to the severest forms of COVID-19.
You should take general steps to reduce the risk of community-based spread of COVID-19:
- Staying at home if you are sick
- Hygiene measures (wash hands, avoiding touching eyes/nose/mouth, cover coughs/sneezes).
- Social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people as much as possible).
- More cleaning/disinfection of frequently touched surfaces at home and work during the day.
More info: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Ron Srnka, Senior Director of Human Resources
Mobile phone: 330.304.8379