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Guidance for Communities

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance regarding actions that individuals, businesses, health departments, and community settings (such as schools) can take to slow the spread of COVID-19. This is part of the CDC Community Mitigation Framework, which is especially important before a vaccine or drug becomes widely available. These strategies include:

  • Personal protective measures (e.g., handwashing, cough etiquette, and face coverings) that persons can use at home or while in community settings
  • Social distancing (e.g., maintaining physical distance between persons in community settings and staying at home)
  • Environmental surface cleaning at home and in community settings, such as schools or workplaces.

Here are some guides issued by the CDC to assist specific groups in opening or reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they can work to keep vulnerable populations safe:

The CDC also provides guidance on the following:

  • Worker Safety and Support, which includes detailed information for specific work types, such as airlines, waste removal, grocery and retail, etc.
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting, which includes recommendations for different locations and instructions for disinfecting when someone is sick.
  • Communication Resources - includes public service announcements, images, videos, etc.

The CDC continues to update these resources regularly on their website

Last updated 5/18/2020.

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