Across the United States, surveys suggest that people believe the pandemic is over. However, a few weeks ago, cases were rising in almost every state. Statistics published by the New York Times show daily increases of more than 100,000 cases over the summer. Hospitalizations are also rising by more than 10%. So, how can businesses and individuals prepare for the next wave and protect themselves now?
COVID-19 in the United States at a Glance
The United States has once again become a global hotspot for coronavirus infections. Subvariants of Omicron are now dominating new outbreaks and causing hospitalizations. Medical experts believe that the subvariant BA.5 is now dominant, having pushed aside Omicron subvariant BA.4.
This most recent variant is the most transmissible COVID-19 variant yet, which is why it has increased in cases across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
reported more than 6,500 hospital admissions daily in July. This number is bringing the total number of hospitalizations since the pandemic to more than 37,500.
They were looking at statistics for cases and deaths from COVID-19 paints an even starker picture. More than 90 million Americans have been infected with the virus since the pandemic started, with more than one million dying because of the illness.
What Organizations Need to Do Now
While there is no talk of restrictions or even lockdowns, private businesses and other organizations must prepare to deal with another pandemic wave.
Previous waves brought the economy to a standstill because businesses needed to close. Staff members falling ill and needing to isolate also led to significant disruption and loss of earnings for companies across the United States.
Over the past two years, employers and HR teams learned how badly the virus could affect operations. Once COVID-19 started to spread within a group, it quickly reached others based on the exact location. Staff traveling across different branches of a company often spread the virus even further. Within weeks, businesses were unable to operate normally.
Prevention is Key
As this new wave of the virus is hitting American organizations, HR teams, owners, and managers need to focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Early and regular testing is the key to avoiding more significant outbreaks and their consequences on businesses.
As new variants of the virus have become ever more transmissible, preventing the spread of the illness has become more challenging. Regular COVID-19 testing is one of the most effective measures to spot a potential outbreak in its early stages.
Businesses can protect the rest of their workforce by identifying those infected with COVID-19 and helping them isolate themselves while they recover. COVID-19 testing protects the business’s health by protecting people from potential infection. Losing a large percentage of its workforce can stop a company from operating effectively. As a consequence, owners and employees may lose their income.
A Turnkey Solution to Protect America’s Workforce
Few businesses are equipped to provide large-scale testing effectively and efficiently. Trained medics rarely staff HR teams, and asking HR professionals to administer testing prevents them from fulfilling their original roles.
That is why partnering with a professional, proven provider of COVID-19 testing is an excellent option for businesses of all sizes. Throughout the pandemic, TrueCare24 has worked closely with companies across the United States to offer turnkey COVID-19 testing solutions.
The Workplace Testing Program from TrueCare is a simple, straightforward end-to-end solution that covers weekly testing and vaccination tracking. HR teams access a simple dashboard, allowing them to monitor the company’s employees. This one-stop solution makes it easy to assess the entire company or break statistics down by location.
Plus, this turnkey solution is highly flexible. Businesses can choose between on-site testing or supervised at-home options. Both are available for PCR, antigen, and antibody testing. Each option has been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), helping businesses comply with the latest regulations.
Any on-site testing is managed by a qualified and licensed medical professional, ensuring the proper handling and administration of testing kits. Test results and employee information are protected and safeguarded, following the highest standards. Employers and HR teams can focus on running their business while the TrueCare24 team takes care of keeping staff safe.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is about more than protecting American businesses. Regular testing and monitoring are equally important to protect families, friends, and loved ones. Although some of the more recent virus strains have been described as mild, all continue to cause hospitalizations and deaths.
Preventing the spread of the virus in the workplace helps prevent the spread of the illness across families and vulnerable populations. TrueCare24’s Workplace Testing Program is ideal for achieving both – protection for businesses and families.