Michigan Gives Coronavirus-Centered Workplace Safety Recommendations

The percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in Michigan has reached 7.5%—a significant increase from last week’s 5.5%.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offered suggestions on how to maintain workplace safety amidst a statewide increase in COVID-19 hospitalization on November 9, according to The Oakland Press.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, recommends that employers only require employees to work in person when absolutely necessary. Daily self-screening and thorough cleaning and disinfection in the workplace are also encouraged.

“Given the available data and concerning increase in COVID-19 cases, employers have a crucial role to play in ensuring employees who must come to work are operating in a safe environment,” said Dr. Khaldun.

This message arrives after the state’s coronavirus hospitalizations have risen over the past month. Michigan’s number of cases per million people per day has doubled since last month and now rests at 261 cases per million people per day. The percentage of positive cases has risen from 5.5% to 7.5% within a week.

More information on the recommendations can be found at michigan.gov.

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Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

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