Guidance for Businesses & Organizations
UPDATED Oct 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Reporting a COVID-19 Case Connected to a Workplace, Organization or School
- To report a COVID-19 positive worker for a business located in Washtenaw County, please enter the information in our secure online portal.
- To report a positive COVID-19 case connected to a school or childcare, please use this secure online portal.
You can also email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700. Please leave a message if your call is not directly answered.
View Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) Emergency Orders.
These orders are in place to maintain COVID-19 precautions, including using face coverings, maintaining 6 feet of distance from people not in the same house, limiting the size of social gatherings, and following all public health guidance to prevent the spread of illness.
See the state coronavirus website at Michigan.gov/coronavirus for more information.
MIOSHA COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance - Guidelines for various industries, as well as information on filing a complaint.
Washtenaw County Information for Businesses and Entities
Screening, social distancing, face coverings, and additional public health strategies to protect everyone’s health to the greatest degree possible are covered in Michigan Executive Orders and under guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Workplaces: Answers to common questions about COVID-19 and workplace issues (what to do if an employee tests positive, etc.) - updated September 9, 2020
- Workplace sample health screening form - updated October 5, 2020
- Instructions on social distancing, self-monitoring, self-quarantine, and self-isolation
- Returning from Travel: COVID Recommendations
- COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan Template: Businesses and entities can use this template to prepare their required plan - updated September 9, 2020
Business Reopening Guidance & Resources
- Washtenaw County Reopening Guidance for Businesses - Guidance from the Washtenaw County Health Department for all businesses reopening or expanding services. Also see the COVID-19 FAQs for Workplaces.
- Michigan COVID-19 Business Response Center - Industry-specific guidance, including building, manufacturing, retail, dining, shopping, offices, health care, and more.
- MIOSHA: Workplace safety guidance, including guidance for specific industries and information on how to file a complaint
- MI Safe Start: A Guide to Re-engage Michigan’s Economy - State of Michigan plan and stages of response.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Guidance on Reopening Communities, Schools, Workplaces, and Events.
- Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19 - Instruction Manual from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
- Building signs - Signs about masks, staying home if sick, and social distancing from Washtenaw County Health Department.
- Screen workers. Check employees for fever or other symptoms if they will enter facilities or buildings. Any employee with symptoms must stay home or work remotely.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance between people.
- Emphasize frequent and proper hand washing. Make sure sinks are well supplied with warm running water, soap and paper towels.
- Supply face coverings to all employees. Employees must wear face coverings if they will be in close contact with other employees or the public. Make sure customers are wearing face coverings as well.
- Do not share space or equipment. If this is not possible, have employees wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using shared equipment. Clean and sanitize equipment between uses.
- Work remotely whenever possible, particularly if individuals have underlying health conditions.
- Contact the Health Department when there is a positive case associated with your facility and cooperate with case investigation and contacting tracing efforts.
See our guidance document COVID-19 FAQs for Workplaces for more information on what to do if an employee becomes ill or is diagnosed with COVID-19.
Swimming Pool Resources
2020 Public Swimming Pool Packet: Important information about reopening your indoor public swimming pool, and compliance with swimming pool and COVID-19 requirements.
- Restaurant In-person Dining Procedures - guidance from the Washtenaw County Health Department
- Michigan Restaurant Association reopening and operating guidance
- Best practices for food establishments to manage COVID-19 - from the State of Michigan
- Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic - from the FDA
- Guidelines for Safe Child Care Operations During COVID-19 - guidance from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
- Child Care and Licensing Information - Child care information for licensed facilities and families from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
- Coronavirus childcare provider resources from the State of Michigan
- Frequently Asked Questions about childcare operations from the State of Michigan
File a Complaint About a Business Operating in Violation of Orders
To report MIOSHA or workplace safety complaints call 855 SAFE C19 (855 723-3219) and/or file a complaint with MIOSHA.
For local information, email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700 and leave a message. Voicemail messages are checked several times each weekday, and calls will be returned within 24 hours or sooner.
More Information for Businesses
- Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
- MI Safe Start
- Cleaning and Disinfection after COVID-19 Exposure
- You can learn more about your employment rights on the Michigan Attorney General website.
- US Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA):