So I hope this is the best place to pose this question. I can’t find anything official regarding this question and I’m not sure what if any closely related histories might be helpful.
A little backstory, we had one positive case of COVID-19 a little over a month ago and no one else in the facility was infected, indicating to me that the existing precautions we are taking worked and we should continue as is.
My workplace is weighing the option to segregate the facility into multiple groups with absolutely no contact whatsoever between them. The idea behind this is that if one group has a positive COVID-19 case, the other can fill in during the 1st group’s downtime to reduce lost production. This idea is fraught with undue difficulty and potential failure, in my opinion. There are many issues I take with the ‘plan’ being promoted, but one in particular I can’t figure out whether I am right or wrong about.
We have been working with a reduced workforce for months now to minimize personnel. To do this segregation we not only would need to basically double the workforce in the manufacturing area, but that the extra staff would be unknown temps for the most part. So that is introduction of a lot more bodies to the site.
Right now, the staff is mostly acquainted, familiar, conformable, and trusting of one another to the point that they are able to work together without fear of infection in conjunction with the safety precautions the company is taking.
Is there any guidance or information that anyone is aware of that would weigh the pros and cons of maintaining minimal workforce with distancing in effect vs. physical segregation of a larger workforce with regard to safety?
In lieu of that, I would appreciate opinions at this point and be happy to clarify details if needed.