COVID19 Toolkit: CDC Reopening Guidance, Workforce Sustainability & Resilience Resources

COVID19 Toolkit: CDC Reopening Guidance, Workforce Sustainability & Resilience Resources

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a set of reentry guidance entitled “CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again”. This information will be soon integrated within HHS’s “living” COVID19 toolkit. Below we have highlighted some linked within this document in the box below. The document includes information on general and healthcare surveillance as well as previously posted guidance on infection control, contact tracing, and testing. Additionally, this reopening guidance is a supplemental to the six “decision trees” CDC released on May 14 decision trees for schools, child care programs, youth programs and camps, restaurants and bars, mass transit and workplaces.

CDC Opening America Up Again Guidance


Includes the following guidance for Congregate Settings:


Assisted living facilities

Dialysis facilities

Dental facilities

Long-term care facilities

Ambulatory care facilities


Business: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Small Business: Prepare your Small Business and Employees for the Effects of COVID-19

In this blog series, the goal is to highlight other COVID19 resources around two challenging topics: Workforce Resilience and Sustainability (in this blog post) and Liability Protections & Licensure Requirements for volunteers (covered in an earlier post). Specific workforce resilience and sustainability resources are presented from three areas: Education and Training, Psychological, Mental Health and Self-Care and Workplace and Human Resources Policies. In particle, these tools focus on plans, tools, templates, and other immediately implementable resources to help with COVID-19 preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts.


For customized advice, the best course of action is to consult with your independent legal counsel and insurance advisors on risk mitigation. For specific information on COVID-19 outbreak management, please refer to the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage for the most up-to-date clinical guidance. Healthcare workforce decision-makers and healthcare professionals interested in volunteerism during the COVID-19 emergency should familiarize themselves with details of the following protections afforded to them.

Select Workforce Resilience & Sustainability Resources


Education & Training Tools

The following resources and courses are can help educate and train a workforce in issues relevant to the COVID19 pandemic. General principles for safety, including PPE related resources, infection control and emergency preparedness are included.

PPE for various settings (donning and decontamination)
Resource  Year Source and What It Do
Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including donning & doffing resources 2020 CDC Guidance for Patients and Healthcare personnel should adhere to Standard and Transmission-based Precautions when caring for patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment 2020 CDC Includes eye protection, isolation gowns, facemasks, N95 respirators, elastomeric respirators, and ventilators.
Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators 2020 CDC issued updated summary on April 2, 2020 which include facilities using their discretion when determining what decontamination methods to use.
PPE Burn Rate Calculator 2020 CDC Burn Rate Calculator uses Excel and allows healthcare facilities and workplaces to enter the quantity of their current stock of types of PPE and average consumption rate (burn rate).  Based on the burn rate, estimates of remaining PPE supply can be made, Mobile App.


Training and Communication Strategies
Resource  Year Source and What It Do
Training for Healthcare Professionals 2020 Includes clinical care and infection control, PPE, nonpharmaceutical interventions, emergency preparedness and response, and additional topics.
Infection Control Guidance 2020 For Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings
Preparing Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities for COVID-19 2020 CDC Webinar led by Dr. Kara Jacobs Slifka describes action that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can take to protect residents and staff from COVID-19.

Psychological, Mental Health and Self-Care Tools


Strategies for sustaining well-being of personnel are crucial in any difficult circumstances to build resilience. Below are select courses and tools that can be delivered in both workplace or home settings.

Psychological First Aid (PFA)
Resource  Year Source and What It Do
Building Workforce Resilience through the Practice of Psychological First Aid 2020 This self-paced 90-minute course was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Association of County and City Health Officials to introduce the concept of Psychological First Aid (PFA) as a leadership tool to build workforce resilience.
Managing Health Care Workers’ Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak: For Healthcare Workers 2020 National Center for PTSD offers Healthcare workers and responders can use the information on this webpage to recognize and manage their stress during and in the aftermath of an infectious disease outbreak
Self-Care Resources
Resource  Year Source and What It Do
Stress and Coping for COVID-19 2020 CDC webpage can help users (including parents, responders, and people who have been released from quarantine) understand and manage their stress reactions to the pandemic.
Mini Modules to Relieve Stress for Healthcare Workers Responding to COVID-19 2020 ASPR TRACIE’s Mini Modules to Relieve Stress for Healthcare Workers Responding to COVID-19, includes a video to create self-care plans to minimize stress and boost resilience.

Workplace & Human Resources Policy Tools


Maintaining appropriate staffing, telehealth and worker’s compensation modalities are essential to providing a safe work environment for workers.  Below are a set of select tools which provide strategies to maintain workforce capacity and human resources in the face of COVID19 challenges.


Telehealth Implementation Playbook
Teleheath Implementation Playbook 2020 American Medical Association Playbook for telehealth/medicine capabilities during a pandemic. Telehealth policies help to prevent potential exposure in the workplace, thus limiting the impact to the health of the healthcare workforce. This guide is a resource for administrators to initiate those capabilities.
Workers’ Compensation-Claims under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act Due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 2020 ASPR TRACIE’s Mini Modules to Relieve Stress for Healthcare Workers Responding to COVID-19, includes a video to create self-care plans to minimize stress and boost resilience.
Management of Exposed or Sick Workers
Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (Interim Guidance) 2020 CDC Occupational health programs and public health officials making decisions about return to work for healthcare personnel (HCP) with confirmed COVID-19, or who have suspected COVID-19 (e.g., developed symptoms of a respiratory infection [e.g., cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever] but did not get tested for COVID-19). Decisions about return to work for HCP with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should be made in the context of local circumstances.

It is important to note, in all of these categories and subcategories more tools and resources are available in the COVID-19 Workforce Resilience/Sustainability Resources. If you can’t find your topic there, it may be in the broader HHS’s TRACIE Novel Coronavirus Resources.

For more specific information on COVID-19 outbreak management, please refer to CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 for the most up-to-date clinical guidance.

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