COVID-19 Helpful Resource Links

EAP Specific Resources

COVID -19 Pandemic: A Weekly Employee Assistance Conversation - Hosted by EAPA Staff; Meets online every Wednesday at Noon Eastern Time (U.S.) - For more information and login instructions, contact Julie Rochester, Professional Development Coordinator, at j.rochester@eapassn.org   

EAPA Journal of Employee Assistance - JEA Vol. 50 no. 2 - 2nd Quarter 2020: Impact of the Coronavirus on EAPs - Managing the Fear of Communicable Disease - Jeff Gorter, MSW, LMSW

Employer legal questions about coronavirus
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, employers want to know the answers to dozens of legal questions, such as can they ask to check employees’ temperatures, or pay older and more vulnerable employees to stay home, or not disclose the fact that an employee has become infected. There is no black-and-white answer to every employer question. Read more:
https://www.benefitspro.com/2020/03/18/here-are-some-answers-to-employers-many-legal-questions-about-the-coronavirus-412-95071
 
A roundup of messaging sent by EAPs to their clients:

 From Morneau Shepell: Tips for coping with COVID-19
 "What is COVID-19?
 A new flu-like coronavirus has been reported in several countries around the world in recent months. The 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. This is a rapidly evolving situation and risk assessment may change daily. You can find accurate updates and detailed information on symptoms, prevention, and spread of the virus on the following websites..." Read more: 
 https://www.morneaushepell.com/ca-en/tips-coping-covid-19

 
 Cigna EAP: Coping with the fear of Coronavirus
 "You may have heard a lot about coronavirus disease, also called COVID-19. Anxiety is understandably high as we are learning more about the spread of this disease. The information below may be helpful in managing the fear you may feel. Resources for up-to-date medical information and advice about coronavirus are at the end of the article." Read more:
 https://www.cigna.com/static/www-cigna-com/docs/individuals-families/health-wellness/topic-disaster-resource-center/coping-with-the-fear-of-coronavirus.pdf

 Government of Canada EAP: In distress? Contact your Employee Assistance Program
 "Employees may be experiencing a high degree of uncertainty, worry, anxiety and stress about the health and safety of their loved ones, and how COVID-19 (coronavirus) may disrupt their work and personal lives. It is important for all of us to acknowledge these impacts and to engage in an open dialogue about them, including on ways to maintain and support our mental health. It is particularly important to recognize and support those who are more directly involved in the management of the situation, and those who have been instructed to self-isolate or who are suffering from symptoms of COVID-19." Read more: 
 https://www.canada.ca/en/government/publicservice/covid-19/covid-19-mental-health-work.html

 ESI Employee Assistance Group: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - What employers need to know
 "Global health officials are keeping a wary eye on this rapidly evolving situation. Health care providers, officials and scientists are working overtime to learn how the virus spreads and to develop a vaccine. Over a few short weeks, the situation in the US has changed rapidly. It’s a good time for employers to review and update emergency procedures and crisis plans. Having an updated crisis plan is best practice not just in response to this potential outbreak, but for any unplanned emergency that might affect your workforce. It’s important to have plans that include a designated crisis response team, a review of  related policies and procedures, a plan for employee communications and a list of community resources, If you haven’t updated your emergency preparedness plan recently, this might be a good time to do it." Read more:
 https://www.theeap.com/news-views/coronavirus-covid-19-what-employers-need-to-know

General Resources

Complete list of Coronavirus hotlines by state

CDC - Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers 
 
SAMHSA - Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: TIPS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, QUARANTINE, AND ISOLATION DURING AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAK 

Online recovery meetings

CDC- Share Facts About COVID-19 (PDF)
 
CDC – Stop the Spread of Germs (PDF)

CDC - Hand Washing

CDC - Interim Guidance: Public Health Communicators Get Your Community Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

WHO – Workplace Readiness (PDF)

CDC – Print Resources

CDC- Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Main Page – Updated frequently

SHCC - Small Business Protection Guide