Coronavirus- Chamber of Commerce Communication Plan and Resources
Keeping businesses informed is a top priority for the Greater Phoenix Chamber. With all of the recent developments regarding COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, we developed a resource page to provide continuous updates and resources to keep your organizations informed and prepared. We are monitoring the situation through the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and will continue to communicate with our members and the community as it evolves. This page will be updated with new and relevant resources as they become available.
General Information about COVID-19
It is important to rely on authoritative sources for information regarding COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are great resources for up to date information on COVID-19. The CDC offers information on how Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, what to do if you are sick, and frequently asked questions, including printable fliers.
Global Impact of COVID-19
John Hopkins University has created an interactive map that provides a visual representation of confirmed cases of COVID- 19 and related data across the globe.
Arizona businesses should be prepared to implement measures that keep their employees safe and calm as more about the coronavirus becomes known. Simple, common sense practices will demonstrate your commitment to employee wellness.
The Arizona Department of Health and Services is working closely with local and federal partners to identify cases of COVID-19 and prepare the community for possible spread of the virus. Guidance is being created and distributed to partners including healthcare, first responders, schools and childcare centers, universities, law enforcement, businesses, and other community partners. Additional information regarding COVID-19 in Arizona can be found at Arizona Department of Health Services.
Businesses of all sizes should have a plan in place in the event of a pandemic. It is important to identify leaders within your organization and coordinate on proper planning and communication that is appropriate for your company. This sample plan outlines the phases of a pandemic and provides actionable steps your team can take to be prepared.
US Chamber of Commerce Resources and Guidelines for Business - The U.S. Chamber has compiled a page of resources for businesses that you may share with your members.
Prevention and Treatment
Prevention: There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Using a Facemask
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
In the event that you must travel, the CDC provides tips on prevention that you can follow while you are traveling.
There is no treatment for the Coronavirus at the moment, so if you begin having a fever or experiencing symptoms of a respiratory infection such as cough or trouble breathing and you have been in contact with someone with the Coronavirus or in an area with the Coronavirus, notify your doctor. The CDC provides information at this link on measures you can take if you have the Coronavirus or are experiencing Coronavirus-like symptoms.
Article providing recommendations for things individuals and organizations can do in terms of prevention.
The business community is mobilizing its expertise, capabilities, and community resources to assist with the relief and containment efforts. Learn more.
Information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease, including daily updates.
Video from WHO explaining what’s currently known about the virus.