Jesse Van Nostrand
To begin, there is nothing more important to us than your health and wellbeing, and that of our staff and loved ones.
Since most of our clients fall into the high-risk group defined by the CDC, this has obviously heightened our awareness and commitment around basic precautions to ensuring health and safety for all. We are following all of the guidelines from the CDC and Washington State leadership and will remain open for business at this current time. We may choose to close the Burien office location temporarily if the situation continues to negatively affect the safety of our clients, staff and families, though we will still be able to help all of our clients remotely.
With the office remaining open, we want to reiterate that if you are not feeling well we are asking you to please stay home to try to contain the spread to those who may be more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, flu, etc. We can reschedule appointments or we can help all of our clients over the phone or via a webinar. If you or anyone you are in contact with has the following symptoms per CDC Guidelines: fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, we encourage you to stay home and seek medical guidance on next steps.
These are some of the extra precautions we are taking at the office to keep things clean and safe for our clients and staff (all of these are effective immediately):
· We will sanitize all surfaces before opening for the day
· We will be sanitizing any surfaces touched in between appointments. This will include door handles, desks, coffee machine, chairs, etc.
· Pens will be a one-time use only. Clients can either take them home or they will be discarded.
· Hand sanitizer and/or hand soap will be used in between every client and will be available for client use in each office, the restroom and reception area.
· We’ll be discouraging handshakes or any close personal greetings during this time. We appreciate your understanding.
For more information, please review the guidelines per the CDC Website on preventing the spread of COVID-19:
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
· Stay home when you are sick.
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
· Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
o CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
o Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
o If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.
We care deeply about you, our staff, families and friends. Everyone’s safety and health are of utmost importance to the Advantage Insurance Benefits team.
We will strive to send updates as CDC guidance continues to evolve and how it may impact our office location and you.
In the meantime, please stay healthy and thank you for your cooperation.
From all of us at Advantage Insurance Benefits