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The Chamber has a virtual portal for employers to submit questions relating to COVID-19 and its impact on business. Submit questions by visiting and entering the event code #ASK4BIZ (or simply click here to go directly to the page). Questions can also be submitted via email at Responses are posted at

Good evening --

Here are the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak and our organizational efforts to inform and ensure an effective community response.

Today's highlights include a preview of this week's Lunch(UP)date, guidance on when an employee that may have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine and tips for enjoying a safe Thanksgiving.


Destination Madison President and CEO Deb Archer and Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) President Paul Jadin will join us this Thursday, Nov. 19, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. for our next Lunch(UP)date, the Chamber program where you can take a break and enjoy lunch while staying connected, curious and informed.

This week's program (presented by Perkins Coie) will feature a wide-ranging conversation with these two outstanding partners and community leaders before they head into retirement.

Register here. You can submit in advance any questions for Archer, Jadin or the Chamber at


With Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) having announced they are moving to a crisis model of contact tracing and no longer able to follow up with everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, in order to limit spread at home or in the workplace, it is critically important to understand what constitutes "close contact" with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Late last week, Public Health released guidance about understanding close contact and outlined potential scenarios, including scenarios such as "the repeat chit chatter," "the hugger" and "kitchen co-workers" that may be particularly relevant to workplaces.

To see additional PHMDC scenarios and guidance, click here.


As we approach the holiday season, we know that gatherings are the primary source of COVID-19 spread. It is vital that we limit the spread of COVID-19 among family, friends and our workforce and help businesses continue to operate safely. 

National and local health officials have released recommendations for minimizing risk of spreading COVID-19 over Thanksgiving. We strongly encourage you to follow these steps so our economy can remain open and on the road to recovery.

The safest option is to only spend the holiday with people you live with. If you are going to spend Thanksgiving with individuals from outside your household, CDC and PHMDC have put forward advice for hosting and attending gatherings, including:

-- Wear a mask when not eating or drinking (the CDC recently shared evidence that masks also protect the wearer);

-- Maintain physical distancing;

-- Have the meal outdoors, or open windows if eating indoors;

-- Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups and utensils; and

-- Avoid areas where food is prepared or handled.

Read the full CDC guidance here and the PHMDC guidance here.


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