Updated CDC Guidelines
- Duration of isolation and precautions
- For most persons with COVID-19 illness, isolation and precautions can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms.
- For persons who never develop symptoms, isolation and other precautions can be discontinued 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.
- Role of PCR testing to discontinue isolation or precautions
- For persons who are severely immunocompromised, a test-based strategy could be considered in consultation with infectious diseases experts.
- For all others, a test-based strategy is no longer recommended except to discontinue isolation or precautions earlier than would occur under the strategy outlined in Part 1, above.
- Role of PCR testing after discontinuation of isolation or precautions
- For persons previously diagnosed with symptomatic COVID-19 who remain asymptomatic after recovery, retesting is not recommended within 3 months after the date of symptom onset for the initial COVID-19 infection. In addition, quarantine is not recommended in the event of close contact with an infected person.
- For persons who develop new symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during the 3 months after the date of initial symptom onset, if an alternative etiology cannot be identified by a provider, then the person may warrant retesting; consultation with infectious disease or infection control experts is recommended. Isolation may be considered during this evaluation based on consultation with an infection control expert, especially in the event symptoms develop within 14 days after close contact with an infected person.
- For persons who never developed symptoms, the date of first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA should be used in place of the date of symptom onset.
Gov. Abbott Issues Statewide Mask Mandate
On Thursday, July 2nd, Governor Abbott issued a statewide executive order mandating all individuals to wear a face covering when inside a commercial entity or space open to the public or when in an outdoor public space where social distancing is not feasible. This new order went into effect at 12:01PM on Friday, July 3rd. The face covering requirement does not apply in the following instances:
- Any person younger than 10 years of age;
- Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
- Any person while the person is consuming food or drink, or is seated at a restaurant to eat or drink;
- Any person while the person is (a) exercising outdoors or engaging in physical activity outdoors, and (b) maintaining a safe distance from other people not in the same household;
- Any person while the person is driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver;
- Any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal care service involving the face, but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal;
- Any person while the person is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of water;
- Any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or actively administering an election, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;
- Any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;
- Any person while the person is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience; or
- Any person in a county (a) that meets the requisite criteria promulgated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) regarding minimal cases of COVID-19, and (b) whose county judge has affirmatively opted-out of this face-covering requirement by filing with TDEM the required face-covering attestation form—provided, however, that wearing a face covering is highly recommended, and every county is strongly encouraged to follow these face-covering standards.
Not excepted from this requirement is any person attending a protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people and who is not practicing safe social distancing of six feet from other people not in the same household.
Individuals that do not comply with the new order will face a verbal or written warning for a first-time violation and then will face fine of up to $250 for a second violation and for each subsequent violation.
*NOTE: To access recordings of the ABC National webinars, you must have login credentials for ABC’s Academy for Construction Ethics, Compliance and Best Practices. To request credentials, a TEXO Member in a management position must fill out the Academy Login Request Form.
ABC National: New COVID-19 Paid Leave Issues for Employers as the Country Reopens
Date: Tuesday, August 4
Time: 2 p.m. CT
Speakers: Maury Baskin, Littler Mendelson P.C.
With the approach of the school year and controversy in many states about whether schools will reopen fully, partially or not at all, many construction industry employers are wondering how the different reopening plans will affect their obligations to workers, including paid and unpaid leave. Since April 1, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act has required COVID-related paid leave for private-sector employers with fewer than 500 employees, but a number of school reopening issues remain unclear. ABC General Counsel Maury Baskin will discuss the latest legal developments and practical choices confronting ABC members and chapter staff. Other topics will include remote working generally and the continuing controversies over shutdown/reopening orders in the construction industry.
ABC National: COVID-19 in the Workplace — Recent Developments and Compliance Challenges
Date: Friday, August 7
Time: 10:30 a.m. CT
Speakers: Bruce J. Sarchet and Kayla K. Cox, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
It has become apparent that COVID-19 is going to dominate employment and labor law issues for the foreseeable future. To address evolving labor and employment law challenges, Littler has decided to host COVID-19 webinars on the first Friday of each month. The series is designed to keep business leaders, human resources professionals and in-house counsel current with the best thinking that Littler has to offer during the crisis.
ABC National: Culture, Diversity and Innovation
Date: Tuesday, August 11
Time: 2 p.m. CT
Speakers: Tauhira Ali, Milwaukee Tool; Simeon Terry, Austin Commercial; Moderators: Matt Abeles and Tia Perry, ABC National
For mid-sized contractors, implementing new technology solutions in the office and on the jobsite can present serious challenges in terms of integration and practical adoption. How do our industry’s top performers get this right? Developing a company culture that values diversity and innovation is essential to embracing technology and recruiting the workforce of the future. Learn how the intersection of culture, diversity and innovation can help you mentor the next generation of leaders within your company to unlock better safety performance, operational efficiency and job satisfaction.
ABC National: Six Months In, What Is the Trajectory of Construction’s Recovery from COVID-19?
Date: Wednesday, August 12
Time: 2 p.m. CT
Speaker: Anirban Basu, ABC Chief Economist; Moderator: Mike Bellaman, ABC National
As the United States begins to recover from its steepest economic downturn in history, the construction industry is faced with unprecedented levels of uncertainty. ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu will discuss how that uncertainty and broader macroeconomic conditions have affected the industry to date, the shape of the recovery to come, and what factors will determine the construction industry’s trajectory over the coming months, including a deep dive into the results of the August Construction Backlog Indicator and Construction Confidence Index.
ABC National: Paycheck Protection Program: Navigating the Latest Modifications
ABC National: Changes on the Horizon for Multifamily Housing Post-COVID-19
ABC National: Moving Projects Forward During COVID-19 With Collaboration Tools Like Procore and Zoom
ABC National: Proven Workforce Strategies to Protect Contractors During Ramp-up
Construction Executive: 2020 Mid-Year Construction Economic Forecast
ABC National: COVID-19: The Right Data to Collect From Your Workforce, and the Tools to Do It
ABC National: COVID-19 Best Practices From Chapter Safety Professionals
ABC National: Coaching Through a Crisis: Solving Employee Issues in Real Time
ABC National: COVID-19, Construction and Regional Economic Recovery: Where are we and where are we headed?
ABC National: Maximizing Your SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness and Preparing for the Future Audit
ABC National: Did You Pause Business Development Due to COVID-19? Here’s How to Restart.
ABC National: COVID-19 and Its Relationship to the 2020 Safety Performance Report’s Eight Leading Indicators
ABC National: The Impact of New ANSI Standards: What You Need to Know and Do…Now!
ABC National: Addressing Employee Mental Health During the Pandemic and Beyond
Mental Health Resources
- Mental-Aid Kit for COVID-19 (Video Series)
- Mental Health Blog Articles:
- Mental Wellness & Suicide Prevention Resources:
- Toolbox Talks:
- Construction Business Owner Magazine Articles:
- Spanish Resources: