Wednesday, March 19: Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property Southwest Florida implements Phase I Office Protocol.
Florida has had several COVID-19 confirmed cases and exposures related to ports of entry, including shipping ports and airports. Additionally, Florida is a large tourism hub.
Due to the current level of COVID-19 transmission in the United States, and Florida’s large older adult population, CDC recommends certain community mitigation activities to help slow the spread of COVID-19 into the community and to protect vulnerable members of the community. CDC recommends certain interventions be implemented at this time. These recommendations may be updated, if necessary, based on any changes in the current local situation.
A recent study found that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel and up to 9 days on other surfaces. The researchers also found that this virus can hang out as droplets in the air for up to three hours before they fall, and one single cough can produce up to 3,000 droplets. There is also some evidence that the virus is also shed for longer in fecal matter, so anyone not washing their hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet could contaminate anything they touch.
The goal for using mitigation strategies for Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property of Southwest Florida employees, as well as those we convene with are to protect one another.
Temporary Workplace Protocol:
- Office Entry
- Keep front doors closed
- Office Entry to be limited to employees only (other than cleaning staff)
- Before entering office (when you arrive or after you return from the restroom, to smoke, lunch break, bank runs, appointments, when you use the elevator, using the railing in stairwell, etc.…) the new protocol for re-entry will be as follows: must wash hands for at least 20-30 seconds, followed up with a squirt of hand sanitizer. Rear door must be utilized as front door will be closed.
- Picking up mail on 1st floor – Either wear gloves to pick-up and open mail, then throw gloves away. If gloves are not available, wash surface where mail was opened and hands thoroughly after. Avoid touching things or your face in between opening until done and washing process has been completed.
- Receiving mail, supply deliveries – (USPS, UPS, FED EX, AMAZON etc.…) Drop off at cart outside of glass doors. There will be a designated box. If signing is required, they can slip under door. If no one is at front office, the bell will be on cart for them to ring, along with a note with instructions.
- Food for Lunches (Eliminate food deliveries, start bringing your lunch)
- Eliminate Face to Face Meetings as much as possible – Use phones, skype, teams, etc.….
- When face to face meetings can’t be avoided. Use antiseptic wipes or spray and paper towel to wipe conference table surface down, remotes, mouse, keypad used and arms on chairs you sat in.
- Sickness Employees showing symptoms as noted below or anything that could be associated with COVID-19 Coronavirus should take precautionary measures and stay home from work. Talk to your supervisor about next steps and options if you are diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Excessive Fatigue
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or chest pressure
- Bluish lips or face