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3/10/2020 General
Be Prepared! 1si Covid-19 Update

On Friday morning, Indiana health officials confirmed the first case of the coronavirus in Indianapolis. Since that time, Indiana has reported three additional cases and Kentucky has reported six cases, as of time of printing. In response, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear both declared statewide public health emergencies. A state of emergency is a common step in cases such as these to help the state further prepare state agencies, communities and the health care system in the event COVID-19 spreads more broadly. It is not a reason to panic but it is a reason to prepare.

One Southern Indiana (1si) is monitoring official state and local government announcements in order to stay on top of recommendations for the health and well-being of its members. We will continue to hold all meetings and events as planned until we are directed by officials it is no longer safe to do so. However, with our members’ health in mind, 1si is being cautious and declaring with the office and all events touch-free until further notice, so practice your best professional wave. In addition, we strongly encourage all our members, and business owners as a whole, to look at their current SOP and procedures so they are prepared should the virus continue to spread.

Below are some resources for businesses to utilize in preparation, and for situational awareness. In regard to COVID-19. the importance of good hand hygiene or helping with additional disinfection of offices and facilities, especially of personal workspaces, is more important than ever.

Other things to consider are:

• Are you signed up for e-mail updates from the Indiana State Department of Health on COVID-19? If not, please sign up here… https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

• Are you signed up for Indiana Health Alert Network (IHAN) notifications? If not, please sign up here…https://ihan-in.org/

For more information:

• Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

• Information for Public Facilities and Organizations
https://www.in.gov/isdh/files/IN_COVID-19_Public_Facilities_03.02.20.pdf

• Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

• CDC Public and Private Partner Phone Call from March 4th, 2020
https://youtu.be/aGhPqyJp6qM

• Environmental Cleaning & Disinfection Recommendations for Businesses & Employers
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

As always, THE most up-to-date information can be found at:
Center for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 Website
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Indiana State Department of Health COVID-19 Website
https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm