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Three Key Ideas To Reopen a Business Safely

Opening, done differently. Adapt to the “new normal” to reopen a business safely.

As more and more Hawai’i businesses look to reopen, they also want to make sure safety remains a priority for customers, employees and their ‘ohana in these uncertain times. But where to begin? What are the most important safety guidelines to keep in mind before opening the doors back up?  

Advice from Local Experts

We’re happy to say Minit Medical Urgent Care, a proactive community leader that’s supported Maui throughout this pandemic, offers some guidance for those aiming to reopen a business safely. So here we go.

Temperature Checks

As an optional but recommended step, employers should measure employees’ temperatures and assess symptoms prior to them starting work, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).  Ideally, temperature checks should happen before each individual enters the workplace.\

COVID-19 Testing & Contact Tracing

Two types of tests are available for COVID-19:  a viral test to tell if people have a current infection, and an antibody test that identifies a previous infection.  A patient’s system can take one to three weeks after an infection to produce antibodies.  Contact tracing involves tracking and notifying those who’ve come into contact with someone who has COVID-19.  It’s long been used as a core disease control measure, which health experts call a “key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19.”

Proper Face Mask Usage

A “fit test” should be conducted to confirm the seal on a respirator for those in essential fields.  For others, the CDC recommends cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and reduce transmission rates.  Those masks should fit snugly but comfortably on both sides of the face, include multiple layers of fabric, and allow for breathing without restriction.  There are also guidelines for washing, sterilizing and removing a cloth face mask. 

Design a Plan of Action

Minit Medical Urgent Care covers all those points (and more) through new customized and automated back-to-work COVID-19 safety programs. 

Their expert medical team can design a plan of action to fit a business’ unique needs. 

Services for businesses of all sizes include (but are not limited to) —

  • Online Interactive Monitoring of employees, including temperature checks
  • COVID-19 Testing and assistance with Contact Tracing
  • Antibody (IgG) Testing in conjunction with Clinical Labs of Hawai’i
  • Respirator Fit Testing/Proper Mask Use
  • Access to Minit Medical’s Doctors for questions and concerns
  • Consultation from Staff for education and your business’ protection
  • Overall Assistance in navigating COVID-19

Understanding What Matters

“We have been at the forefront of the pandemic on Maui, and our business has remained open and ready to help the community from the beginning,” says Justin Prouty, who opened Minit Medical with his wife Amanda in 2015.  “There is so much information being tossed around; it’s hard to filter.  Our team implemented strong protocols early on to protect our patients as well as our staff.  We thought our knowledge could help the community as we intimately understand the importance of businesses protecting their customers, employees and their business liability.”

Minit Medical has three clinics on Maui — Lāhainā, Kīhei & Kahului. Photo courtesy of Mike Adrian.

A Locally-Grown Business

Minit Medical grew from an initial location in Lāhainā to three clinics across the island, now also in Kahului and Kīhei.

They accept AlohaCare & HMSA Quest healthcare along with other insurance plans, all clinics have state-of-the-art equipment, including X-rays.  In addition, Minit Medical is the leading healthcare provider on the island for workers’ injuries.   

“The Minit Medical team has been practicing occupational medicine on Maui for quite some time,” adds Prouty, “so these business safety programs feel like a natural fit.”   

Walk-ins Welcome

As an urgent care clinic open every day of the week (with evening hours!), walk-in patients are always welcome with no appointment needed. 

The medical staff can treat a range of injuries and illnesses, from pediatrics to geriatrics.  There are also drive-up services and video visits for those with COVID-19 concerns.

Minit Medical Urgent Care also ensures its commitment to maintaining the highest level of sterility and cleanliness, so that patients and staff can feel safe and confident in their medical care.  Get details at www.minitmed.com or @minitmed on Facebook.

Customized & Automated Safety Programs

To get more information on taking action to reopen a business safely, email admin@minitmed.com or call 808-667-6161 to speak with staff about how to get the doors back open with both success and safety in mind. #MauiStrong