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  • COVID-19 update
    Posted On: Mar 13, 2020

    Members,

    If you did not see the email sent out by the department, I have it below.
    If you have questions about your institution and what the plans are, please contact your institution Vice-President.
    We are working close with DOC Centerl Office and the AOC. (Agency Operations Center)

    Dan Weber
    AOCE President

    To the DOC Team:

    As more positive cases of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, are confirmed in Oregon, we want to give you information to better support our employees. While our institutions and other locations are busy putting plans in place to maintain operations, we want to assure you we are concerned and committed to supporting the wellness of our DOC team.

    An Agency Operations Center (AOC) has been activated at Central Health Services in Salem with representatives from Operations, Health Services, Communications, Human Resources, and Administrative Services. They are meeting frequently to prepare and discuss potential impacts to all DOC locations. With that in mind, the following resources and tools may be useful as we all navigate the current State of Emergency.

    Coronavirus information for state government employees.

    We have received many questions from you related to office closures, telework, leave, work-related travel, and large meetings. The Department of Administrative Services has dedicated a webpage to frequently asked questions for government employees that addresses these questions. We urge you to visit DAS’ coronavirus information for state government employees, as well as your respective collective bargaining agreements if applicable.

    ​Encourage sick employees to stay home. 

    Health experts recommend employees with symptoms of acute respiratory illness stay home, or leave work immediately if symptoms develop during the work day. Employees should not come to, or be at, work if they have:

    • Fever (100.0° F or greater using an oral thermometer).
    • Other symptoms like cough and sore throat.

    People should be without fever for 24 hours and off of fever reducing medicines like aspirin or acetaminophen before returning to work or school.

    Employees should inform their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.

    Help your workplace stay healthy. 

    Emphasize all employees should:

    • Stay home when sick so people can do the right thing by protecting their co-workers.
    • Cover mouths while Coughing and Sneezing.
    • Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives  - 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.
    • Perform regular cleaning of the workplace. Make it a routine to clean all surfaces people often touch. Examples are workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use cleaning agents usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Get your influenza vaccine – it is still available!
    • If you have questions about your health, please take the attached Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Staff Screening Tool.

    Know how to respond to employees after exposure or who are sick. 

    Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should:

    If an employee develops COVID-19 infection, employers should:

    • Work with public health to determine which co-workers had close, prolonged contact with the ill employee that might put them at risk of exposure to COVID-19.
    • Maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    Employees who have exposure to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should:

    As messaged previously, DOC does not currently have any positive cases of the COVID-19 inside our institutions or other locations. Thank you to all DOC employees who have worked tirelessly to provide healthcare services to AICs, modify operations, manage concerns from external stakeholders, and increase sanitation efforts.

    You can stay up to date at the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 webpage, where you can find the latest information and recommendations on how to stay healthy. If you have any questions, please email DL DOC Emergency Preparedness and a team member will respond.

    Also, one-third of our staff do not have emergency contact information entered into Workday. If this is you, please remedy this for your sake and for the sake of your loved ones.

    Thank you for the work you do. Please take care of yourself and those around you.

    Sincerely,

    Colette S. Peters                                                     Heidi StewardDirector                                                                    Deputy Director


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