Dear DOA Supervisors,
As the State continues to monitor the coronavirus
(COVID-19) situation, there are some simple, practical measures we can all
take to prevent the spread illness in the workplace and as supervisors you
play an important role in employing the following best practices and
encouraging your staff to do the same. To be clear, there is currently no
evidence that COVID-19 is spreading in Alaska. However, should it come to
Alaska, these measures can help prevent the virus from spreading.
First, as supervisors, it is important that you
encourage sick employees to stay home. This is a simple and effective first
step to preventing the spread of illness at work and should always be in
practice. Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are
recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever
(100.4 degrees F [37.8 degrees C] or greater using an oral thermometer),
signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours without the
use of fever-reducing or other symptom altering medicines (e.g. cough
Second, it is important that you emphasize and
exemplify good hygiene practices and encourage your staff to do the same.
The following are important practices to follow and share with your team.
your hands frequently, ideally with soap and warm water. Watch a World Health Organization video on best
hand washing practices.
touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
close contact with sick people.
disinfectant wipes for employees to clean their personal workspace and
hand sanitizer for the use of employees and members of the public that
may visit your office.
tissues for an employee who is exhibiting symptoms of the flu to cover
coughs and sneezes while exiting the workplace.
Finally, it may be possible that a person can get
COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then
touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. We do not know how
long this novel coronavirus can live on surfaces, so it is important to
clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., desktops, door handles, cell
phones, countertops) with standard household disinfectants such as Lysol,
Clorox wipes, or hydrogen peroxide.
If you need additional hygiene, disinfectant, and
sanitization supplies please follow your regular procurement process. For
more information and resources for State employees, please visit http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/directorsOffice/covid19/†.
Department of Administration