Face Coverings Are “In” This Season!

Memorial Day Weekend is here!  As more persons are getting out and making their way to food service facilities, there is an increased chance of exposure to COVID-19 by a person that might not even have symptoms of this illness.  And the best way to prevent this from happening is by wearing face coverings.

Individuals are being creative in regard to the face coverings they choose to wear— they’re not only adding a degree of protection, but they’re also having some fun while doing it.  Look around!  Face coverings range from different colored bandanas to an array of masks– from solid colors to super heroes!   Face coverings make a difference– not just to protect others but ourselves as well.

If you would like to share a photo of you or your team while wearing face coverings, please send it to our Food Program Manager [Karen.Gulley@dph.ga.gov] anytime during the next couple of weeks and we would be glad to share your photo on our Food Safety blog.

Hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

Updated Isolation Period for Workers with COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control has updated its recommended time required for workers to return to work after the onset of symptoms of a COVID-19 infection.  The time period has changed from 7 days to 10 days. 

As a result, the Georgia Department of Public Health has updated their COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR RESTAURANTS WITH DINING ROOM SEATING to reflect this change.  Now it states that “An employee with known or suspected COVID-19 must follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to self-isolate for at least ten (10) days after symptom onset and end isolation only after symptoms have improved and the employee has been fever-free and/or symptom-free for three (3) consecutive days without medication before returning to work.” 

Please replace the previous guidance document with this updated version.

Free COVID-19 Testing Offered by Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Cobb & Douglas Public Health is now offering free COVID-19 testing for anyone desiring a test, including all food service employees and operators. No symptoms or previous exposure is required to be eligible for testing.

If you would like to schedule a test, register online at www.cdphcovid19testing.org to be notified of a time to come in for an appointment at one of our drive-thru testing sites.   IMPORTANT:  Pre-registration and appointment confirmation is required to gain entry to the testing site.

Currently, CDPH has testing sites located at Jim Miller Park in Cobb County and at Hunter Park in Douglas County.

Hours of operation for both sites are: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

If additional assistance is needed,  please call 770-514-2300.

Also, please note the provisions of Governor Kemp’s most recent Executive Order. Specific guidance for the food service industry begins on Page 6.

Test Your Employee Health Knowledge!

By Kiah Munroe, MES, EHS3

Do you believe that you have a good understanding of employee health requirements?  Test your knowledge by completing our Employee Health Crossword Puzzle and comparing your responses to the Answer Key.

If you would like to clear the contents and try again, just press the reset button provided.

Coronavirus Webinar Update

Thanks to our readers, we were notified that the link we provided for the National Restaurant Association’s Preparing for Coronavirus: Steps for Foodservice and Restaurant Readiness was a single use link. Fortunately, this webinar is still available for on-demand viewing once registration is completed at the following link: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&referrer=&eventid=2216823&sessionid=1&key=50D3E4DFAC40026D6518A91355C476F9&regTag=&sourcepage=register

The National Restaurant Association is also curating coronavirus virus related information targeted to those in the food service industry that can be found here: https://restaurant.org/Manage-My-Restaurant/Business-Operations/preparedness/Covid19

Coronavirus Restaurant Readiness Webinar

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) will be providing Preparing for the Coronavirus: Steps for Foodservice and Restaurant Readiness, an informational webinar especially planned for the Food Service Industry, on March 10th, at 2:00 PM EST.   To register for the webinar and/or to access the NRA’s Coronavirus Information and Resource page click here.