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Stay ahead of the curve with up to date Covid-19 guidelines, protocols & mandates, specific to your state. *updated 12/14/21

Variant Prevention Methods:

  • Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.
  • The CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Antigen tests can tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19

Delta Variant Stats:

  • More than 2x as contagious as all previous variants.
  • Data suggests the Delta variant might cause more severe illness than previous variants in unvaccinated people.
  • Vaccinated people who contract Delta appear to spread the virus for a shorter time than other variants.

Omicron Variant Stats:

  • The CDC is working with state and local public health officials to monitor the spread of Omicron.
  • How easily does Omicron spread? 
    • The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown.
  • Will vaccines work against Omicron? 
    • Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. However, breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are likely to occur.
  • Will treatments work against Omicron? 
    • Scientists are working to determine how well existing treatments for COVID-19 work. Based on the changed genetic make-up of Omicron, some treatments are likely to remain effective while others may be less effective.

Vaccine Guidelines:

  • Children: Children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.
    • Some states have already or will begin requiring vaccination proof for entry at all public indoor businesses and activities. *They must show they have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
  • Proof of Full Vaccination:
    • Some states will begin requiring individuals 12 and older to show proof of full vaccination (both doses, with the exception of just one dose of Johnson & Johnson) for all public indoor businesses and activities.*Individuals are considered fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna. If you received Johnson & Johnson, at least 2 weeks after a single dose.
Fully Vaccinated People Can:
  • Visit other fully vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing
  • Visit unvaccinated people who are from a single household and are low risk, without masks or social distancing.
  • Resume domestic travel without having to be tested before or after and do not have to self-quarantine.
  • Do not have to be tested before traveling out of the country unless destination is requires to do so - no self quarantine when returning to the United States.
  • Do not have to get tested or quarantine if exposed to an asymptomatic person.

Fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Take precautions when indoor public settings (wear a mask)
  • Wear a mask when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are high risk or from multiple households.
  • Avoid large indoor gatherings.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are prohibited from entering public indoor spaces in some states (i.e. New York).
    • Some exceptions are allowed if individuals provide proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test and or maintain mask wearing throughout their time instead (with the exception of eating or drinking indoors). *Check with your local health departments to view guidelines specific to you.
  • Unvaccinated individuals in some states are required to maintain mask wearing at work, school, all indoor spaces and all public transportation. *Unless specified otherwise
  • Unvaccinated individuals are required to receive reoccurring antigen testing to attend work or school and show proof of a negative test. *Frequency varies depending on national, state, or local guidelines.
  • Unvaccinated individuals flying domestically out of NYS are recommended to have a pcr test prior to & post traveling.
  • Unvaccinated individuals flying internationally out of NYS are required to receive a negative PCR test prior to & post traveling.
  • Unvaccinated individuals attending public venues must show proof of a recent negative Covid-19 antigen test & wear a mask inside.

2022 Vaccination Guidelines:

  • December 2021: COVID-19 vaccination proof requirements will be expanded to include younger children and to require full vaccination:
    • Children: Starting December 14, 2021, children ages 5 to 11 will be required to have proof of vaccination for all public indoor activities. They must show they have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
    • Full Vaccination: Starting December 27, 2021, people 12 and older participating in public indoor activities will be required to show proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. *Vaccinated individuals must have proof of vaccination (hard copy, photo or electronic) & an ID to match the information.*

Private Employers:

  • As of Dec. 27, 2021 All private employers in New York City will have to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandate will apply to workers at approximately 184,000 businesses throughout the state.

Restrictions for Unvaccinated Individuals:

  • Unvaccinated individuals flying domestically out of NYS are recommended to have a pcr test prior to & post traveling.
  • Unvaccinated individuals flying internationally out of NYS are required to receive a negative PCR test prior to & post traveling.
  • Unvaccinated individuals attending public venues must show proof of a recent negative Covid-19 antigen test & wear a mask inside.

CrowdPass:

  • The ability to upload your vaccination & booster information
  • The organizer has an overview of all vaccinated & boosted users (employers, students, healthcare workers, attendees).
  • Detailed data & analytics tracking customizable to what’s most important to you.
  • Effectively Communicate with your users via email or SMS with CrowdPass' customizable messenger hub.
  • The Ability to create and implement daily, or weekly wellness check questionnaires.

General Information:

  • All COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted for vaccinated individuals including capacity & travel guidelines (unless otherwise specified) - must have proof of vaccination.
  • Individuals fully vaccinated for 6+ months are being urged to get boosters, but this is not a mandatory action at the present time.

Overview:

  • Federal, state, and local authorities have announced that they are requiring certain categories of workers to be vaccinated.
  • Under these types of mandates, workers who decline vaccination must comply with measures that do not apply to their vaccinated counterparts, such as weekly COVID-19 testing and/or mask wearing.

By State:

  • Alabama: 
    • The Alabama legislation, which took effect immediately, requires that employers mandating COVID-19 vaccines give workers the opportunity to request an exemption, and bars employers from firing anyone who makes that request for a specified period during consideration and/or denial of an exemption request, and, if denied, potentially an appeal to the state.
  • Florida:
    • The new Florida law notes private employers may require employees to be vaccinated. However, a private employer may not impose a COVID-19 mandate without providing individual exemptions allowing an employee to “opt out” of such mandate based on one of five reasons; Medical, Religion Covid-19 Immunity, Periodic Testing, User of Employer-Provided PPE.
  • Iowa: 
    • It is required that employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine, unless exempt by waiver:
      • HF 902 allows Iowa employees to seek a waiver from an employer’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate by providing a statement that receiving the vaccine would be injurious to the health and well-being of the employee or an individual residing with the employee.
  • Kansas: 
    • If an employer implements a COVID-19 vaccine requirement, HB 2001 requires exemptions for employees and applicants who submit a written waiver to the employer stating that complying with the mandate would
      • Endanger the life or health of the employee or an individual (must be signed off by an authority figure or physician).
      • Violate sincerely held religious beliefs of the employee, as evidenced by an accompanying written statement signed by the employee.
  • North Dakota:
    • Lawmakers pass a bill to limit employer-issued vaccine mandates;
      • Employers who require the COVID-19 vaccination for workers will have to offer a wide range of opt-outs, including allowing employees to regularly test for COVID-19, prove they have antibodies built up or claim medical, religious or philosophical exemptions.
  • New York:

    • As of Dec. 27, 2021 All private employers in New York City will have to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandate will apply to workers at approximately 184,000 businesses throughout the state.
    • The city will offer exemptions for private employees with valid medical or religious reasons
      • Whether businesses could face fines or inspections if they failed to follow the new rules has not been announced yet.
  • Tennessee:
    • Private employers who employ one or more employees within Tennessee, governmental entities, and schools are prohibited from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or taking adverse action against an employee or applicant for refusing to provide proof of vaccination if the employee or applicant objects to vaccination for any reason.
  • Texas: 
    • No entity in Texas can “compel” any individual, including any employee or consumer, to receive a COVID-19 vaccination who objects “for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”
    • The order also establishes a maximum criminal penalty of $1,000 but expressly excludes confinement as a penalty.
  • Utah:
    • SB2004 requires employers to relieve an employee from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement/mandate under certain conditions:
      • If receiving the vaccine would be injurious to the health and wellbeing of the employee or prospective employee.
      • If receiving the vaccine would conflict with a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance of the employee or prospective employee
      • If receiving the vaccine would conflict with a “sincerely held personal belief” of the employee or prospective employee.
  • West Virginia:
    • A bill passed to limit West Virginia employers in their ability to require workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, allowing certain medical and religious exemptions.

Biden’s Plan:

  • Get Americans (primarily adults) boosted for greater protection against the Delta and Omicron variants.
  • Ensure businesses and schools can stay open while maintaining safety protocols.
  • Expand at-home testing for Americans.
  • Implement a plan to quickly respond to surges if needed during the colder months.

Meet Health & Safety Standards with CrowdPass:

At CrowdPass we are focused on helping the world regain normalcy by offering health & clearance applications for events, employers and education.
  • Create the safest environments possible through CrowdPass' digital health-clearance functionality.
  • Upload your vaccination & booster information
  • The Organizer has an overview of all vaccinated & boosted users (employers, students, healthcare workers, attendees)
  • Detailed data & analytics tracking customizable to what’s most important to you.
  • Effectively Communicate with your users via email or SMS with CrowdPass' customizable messenger hub.
  • The Ability to create and implement daily, or weekly wellness check questionnaires.

Keep Schools, Offices and Businesses Open with CrowdHealth:

  • Having on-hand access to either Point of Care & Over the Counter Rapid Antigen Test Kits.
  • All unvaccinated employees & students must pass a weekly rapid antigen test to be present in person, abiding by national guidelines.
  • Having a bulk supply medical solutions & cleaning supplies for enclosed spaces (Offices, Schools/Universities, Healthcare Facilities/Hospitals)
    • Air Purifiers
    • Disinfectants
    • Thermometers
    • School Kits
    • Electrostatic Sprayers
    • Gloves
    • Gowns
    • Masks: On hand for all unvaccinated persons in said enclosed space.

Return to Work Update for 2022:

  • As the Delta & Omicron variants begin to surge as we head into the new year, offices throughout the nation continue to push their "return to office" dates back.

Layers of Prevention to Ensure a Safe Return to Work:

  • Daily tracking for your staff via health clearance platform CrowdPass.
    • Daily, weekly, or monthly wellness check surveys to maintain knowledge of staffs health and wellness before they enter the office.
  • Weekly antigen testing for those who remain unvaccinated & proof of negative results and or enforcing mask wearing throughout offices for unvaccinated employees.
  • Having bulk supplies of Medical solutions on hand to protect staff and help fight the Covid-19 spread;
    • Disinfectants
    • thermometers
    • Masks
    • Antigen tests
  • Proper ventilation, hand washing, and respiratory etiquette
  • Staying home when sick, getting tested and sending proof of a negative test prior to returning to the office.

What to do if There is a Positive Case?

  • If a staff member tests positive for Covid-19, they must let the appropriate staff members know, contact trace and quarantine.
    • The office should be cleaned within the first 24 hours and staff should not return until the space is disinfected.
    • If certain employees were exposed they should get a test immediately prior to returning to work to prevent the spread.

CDC Recommendations:

  • Due to the Delta and Omicron variant, universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status is recommended.
  • Schools are recommended to maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk.
    • When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance, it is especially important to layer multiple prevention strategies, such as rapid antigen testing weekly.

Layers of Prevention to Keep Schools Safe:

  • Daily tracking for your faculty, staff & students via our health clearance platform CrowdPass
  • Antigen tests, proper ventilation, hand-washing, and respiratory etiquette
  • Staying home when sick, getting tested and sending proof of a negative test prior to returning to school 

If There is a Positive Case:

  • If a student, staff member, teacher, and or visitor to K-12 schools test positive for Covid-19, they must let the appropriate staff members know, contact trace and quarantine.
  • The faculty, staff & students should be sent home and the school must be cleaned immediately.
  • Localities should monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, antigen testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies (e.g., physical distancing, and testing).

What do I need?

When do I Need to Clean?

  • Standard cleaning daily (schools, businesses, offices, home, etc..).
  • If you or someone in the space comes in contact with a positive covid case.

What do I Need to Clean?

  • Frequently touched surfaces
    • Tabletops
    • Door handles
    • Light switches
    • Desks
    • Toilets & doors
    • Taps
    • Kitchen surfaces
    • Cupboard handles

How do I Clean Safely?

  • Read the product label and SDS;
    • Follow instructions
    • Wear gloves while cleaning
    • Wash hands before and after
    • Use disposable gloves where possible
    • Only use reusable gloves for general cleaning
    • Do not share gloves

Preparing to Clean

  • Prevent access to areas that have been used by suspected or confirmed cases
  • Break rooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Touchpoints
  • Open outside doors and windows (if possible) to increase air circulation

After Cleaning

  • Disposal
    • Single-use PPE, disposable
    • Double bag, i.e. place the above materials in a trash bag, and put this trash bag inside another one and dispose of it in the general waste
    • Launder
    • Reusable cleaning equipment (e.g. mop heads)
    • Completely dry before re-use
    • Empty and re-clean equipment. E.g. buckets, with a fresh solution of disinfectant and completely dry before re-use