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No reported cases of coronavirus in New Mexico

KOB Web Staff
Updated: March 04, 2020 01:04 PM
Created: February 28, 2020 02:37 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said there were not reported cases of coronavirus in New Mexico during a meeting with various officials Friday.

The meeting was attended by more than 10 City of Albuquerque Departments such as Environmental Health, Aviation, APD, and AFR; Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance and Sandoval Counties; the City of Rio Rancho; Office of Congresswoman Deb Haaland; UNM; APS; Visit ABQ; the Mid-Region Council of Governments and others.

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The goal was to review plans and efforts to address a variety of scenarios related to the coronavirus.

The following planning considerations were discussed in the meeting:

  • Create a Business Continuity Plan: This plan helps workplaces map out how to provide essential services if a number of employees are sick or unavailable. Be sure your employees know what is expected of them.
  • Ensure Sick Employees Stay Home: Sick employees should not come to work. If employees come to work with symptoms, ask them to go home. Take this time to review sick leave sick leave policies for your staff.
  • Devise a Contingency Work-From-Home Plan: This may include equipping staff with laptops and supplies needed to work from home and using conference calls and video conferencing in lieu of face-to-face meetings
  • Offer Flexible Leave Policies: Staff may need to stay home to care for sick household members or for children if schools are canceled. Make plans for staff to work from home or take leave.
  • Keep a Well-Stocked Supply of Tissues, Hand Sanitizer, and Disinfecting Wipes: Make these available in common areas and offices. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to prevent respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus.
  • Ensure Workspaces Are Cleaned and Disinfected Frequently: Work with cleaning staff to ensure this is done correctly.  The CDC has basic information on cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing:  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/school/cleaning.htm
  • Encourage Employees to Get the Flu Shot: In the future, consider mandatory flu vaccination policies. Post signs about coughing/sneezing etiquette and handwashing. If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. CDC has lots of resources reminding people about this: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/freeresources/print/print-businesses.htm


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