Even though more and more people are receiving the Covid-19 vaccine and the number of positive cases are currently on the decline, these are still difficult times for Texas businesses. Many business owners may be looking for relief options to help them stay afloat, so today, we’ve compiled several ways that Dallas businesses can get support during Covid-19.
Ways Dallas businesses can get relief during the pandemic
Dallas business owners can get support with local and federal assistance.
You can find a comprehensive list of business resources at the Texas Workforce Commission, which includes loans, operational information, state agency information, and more. In addition to these local resources, you can also find COVID-19 guidance & resources, such as the Paycheck Protection Program, at the Small Business Association website. You can easily find relief options that are right for your business.
Beyond financial support, the Dallas City Hall Coronavirus Business Resources website provides everyday, practical support for Dallas businesses. There are a variety of printouts, links to essential resources, and FAQs that can help you operate your business safely during the pandemic.
Covid-19 testing can help prevent unwanted closures
Regularly getting your employees tested for Covid-19 is one of the easiest ways to prevent closures and lost revenue. This preventive measure aims to detect a positive case among your staff before it has the chance to spread.
As a business owner, you are able to quickly respond by sending affected employees home and getting your workplace professionally cleaned. These actions will break the chain of transmission, keeping your unaffected employees safe and your doors open.
There are three ways you can get your employees tested for Covid-19, which we discuss below.
Community centers and clinics
You can always require your employees to get tested at a community center or clinic prior to returning to work. You can find the closest Covid-19 testing centers through the state government’s comprehensive list of testing centers throughout Texas.
It’s important to remember that there is always the chance of accidental transmission while seeking a Covid-19 test. This means that, since the incubation time of the virus is several days, it’s possible for an uninfected employee to get tested, catch the virus from a fellow patient, and still receive a negative Covid-19 test. This, in turn, means that an employee may think they are safe to work and develop symptoms later, possibly after they’ve spread the virus to others.
DIY kits are one way you can help your staff get tested while avoiding the chance of accidental transmission at a testing center. As the name suggests, the kit comes with everything needed for employees to self-administer the test. You’ll be responsible for sending the test kits to the lab as well as distributing results in compliance with local rules and regulations.
The Chamber of Commerce recently provided small Dallas businesses with support in the form of distributing DIY tests. These tests are BinaxNow rapid COVID-19 tests, which are antigen tests that return results within 15 minutes.
It’s important to remember that, while fast, antigen tests do have a higher rate of returning incorrect results, with an estimated 1 in 5 tests returning a false positive. The DIY RT-PCR test, the gold standard of Covid-19 tests, is far more accurate; however, it can take 3 business days to return results.
Onsite medical services
Dallas businesses can also get Covid-19 testing with an onsite medical provider. This type of service provides professionally-administered tests at the workplace.
There are several key advantages of mobile Covid-19 testing at the workplace:
- Since all tests are administered by licensed clinicians, they have access to fast yet accurate Covid-19 tests, such as the Accula rapid PCR test. This test combines the accuracy of the gold standard RT-PCR test with the speed of the rapid antigen test for everyone’s peace of mind.
- Unlike DIY tests, there is no need for you to do the paperwork or research for performing the tests in compliance with local rules and regulations. Business owners can also rest assured that all tests have been administered correctly by a medical professional.
- The nurses who provide the tests can offer medical guidance as to your next steps if someone onsite does test positive.
Onsite business testing is a simple process. A nurse (or team of nurses, depending on the size of the business) will set up a dedicated testing location onsite, typically in an office or other private room, and administer the test to all participating employees. Depending on the type of test your order, they will either process the results onsite with results in 30 minutes or less, or they will take the tests to a lab for processing, with results in 3 business days.
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Safe And Convenient Onsite Covid-19 Testing For Dallas Businesses
If you’re a business owner in Dallas looking for ways to protect your staff and prevent closures, Drip Hydration can help. We’re here to provide Dallas businesses with the Covid-19 testing support you need to keep your workplace safe and healthy for your employees and customers alike.
We will consult with you to develop a custom testing plan and can provide ongoing tests at a discounted rate. Give us a call or book a consultation using the button below!