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Posted on: August 6, 2020

HealthyBR Medical Advisory Board Issues COVID-19 Business Recommendations

Baton Rouge, La. – August 6, 2020 – The HealthyBR Region 2 Medical Advisory Board, in conjunction with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), issued COVID-19 Business Recommendations Thursday. The list of recommendations and guidance was developed using guidelines from The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

“It’s important to provide our business community with the resources they need to operate safely for their customers and employees. These recommendations are just one more step in helping to protect our economy and health of our residents,” said Mayor Broome.

“Business leaders know that the safest, most sustainable path to economic recovery is the successful containment of the virus,” said Adam Knapp, President and CEO of BRAC. “This guidance is meant to give further confidence to businesses on how to remain open in a way that is as safe as possible for employees and customers. Protecting livelihoods and protecting lives are not competing interests. Together, we can achieve both.”

The comprehensive document provides guidance about reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, identifying COVID-19 symptoms, recommendations for sanitation & employer policies, potential employee scenarios, and a compilation of COVID-19 reference resources.

“As we seek to reopen our economy in the midst of COVID-19, it is up to all of us to work collaboratively to ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees,” said Scott Wester, President and CEO of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. “When we take necessary precautions to stop the spread, we lessen the health and economic impact of this ongoing epidemic.”

The recommendations from the HealthyBR Region 2 Medical Advisory Board are not intended for healthcare and congregate living personnel, and do not serve as a substitute for recommendations from an employee’s primary care provider or other medical staff.

“Creating a safe work environment is key to supporting businesses as they reopen and continue operations throughout COVID-19. Ochsner Baton Rouge is committed to supporting our community by serving as a resource and helping guide local business owners during this transition,” said Dr. Aldo Russo, Regional Medical Director for Ochsner Health.

To view the recommendations, click HERE. The recommendations will be updated as needed.

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