COVID-19 Tips from NYCETC
March 16, 2020
WHDC encourages all to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out this useful guide from our friend Jose Ortiz, Jr., Executive Director of NYC Employment & Training Coalitions (NYCETC). We’ve added a few other resources and will continue to make updates as we receive them.
Below you will find Federal, State and Local Government Resources; Day-to-Day Tips; Support and Discussions for Human Services Organizations; and Small Business Support.
FEDERAL, STATE + LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
Please take a look at the following Federal, State, and Local agencies links provided below. These are the main websites for an overview on COVID-19. They each contain information on the symptoms, prevention, testing, and precautions around travel, as well as other resources, guides, and answers to commonly asked questions.
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- NYS Dept. of Health
- NYC Dept. of Mental Health and Hygiene
- CDC Fact Sheet
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- NYC Department of Health Fact Sheet
- FAQ for Contracted Health and Human Service Providers from the Office of the NYC Mayor
- NYC Health Business and Employer Guidance
- NYS OCFS Guidance for funded, operated, licensed, regulated, or designated providers
- Homeless Shelter Interim Guidance
- Congregate Setting Interim Guidance
- Schools and Families Guidance
- Business and Employer Guidance with an update from 3/5
- Commercial or Residential Building General Disinfection Guidance
- Businesses and Non-Healthcare Setting General Disinfection Guidance
- Updated Guidance for Business Owners from the NYC SBS
- CDC: Business Planning Checklist for Pandemics
As you develop your organization’s response, particularly for multi-service organizations, consider organizing your plan specific to the following primary areas of work:
- Clients Served – assessing vulnerability and establishing prioritization
- Staff – identifying essential roles, HR policy, internal communication
- Facilities and Operations – safety, signage, supplies, and protocol modification
- Financial – cash flow/payroll, performance implications, emergency expenses
Below, are some day-to-day tools to prevent and/or manage the epidemic, including tips we have collected from a number of workforce development service providers. We’ve listed them into three broad categories: Personal Protective, Community & Social Distancing, and Environmental Measures.
- Ensure the office has sufficient supply of personal hygiene products, especially hand soap and hand sanitizer.
- Encourage employees to wash hand frequently, cover coughs, and to stay home when sick through emails and flyers throughout your office and facilities.
- Ask custodial staff to wipe down surfaces, especially doorknobs and elevator buttons more regularly
Community & Social Distancing
- Ensure employees traveling for personal reasons are informed of which areas are high-risk and the associated risk.
- Establish policies to ensure employees returning from travel to high-risk areas self-quarantine and work from home for 14-days.
- Limit non-essential business travel for all employees.
- Limit large gatherings of employees and large events.
- Consider creating separate teams of employees working on essential business functions. Teams could then be located in separate areas and/or asked to rotate working from home.
- Consider staggering shifts for workers, as well as staggered one week quarantines if necessary.
- Institute policies to separate employees from being in close contact.
- Encourage and support telecommuting:
- Do an inventory of employees working with laptops that can be more easily asked to work from home.
- Ask staff and clients about computer and Internet access at home and set up policies for those without access.
- Investigate your organization’s IT capacity if the need arises to have all staff work remotely simultaneously and accessing your servers.
- Encouraging and supporting remote learning and training:
- Analyze and prepare what classroom content, if any, could be delivered remotely or via alternative methods.
- Prepare digital and distance learning tools and protocols.
- Digital tools to consider include Zoom and Google Hangouts (see comparative analysis)
- Note: While COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for approximately 72 hours, the main method of transmission is from person-to-person.
- Clean surfaces regularly and increase cleaning of high touch surfaces.