NW Works will be posting updates to this page as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please check this page for all official updates.
As of January 14, 2021:
Working in conjunction with the Lord Fairfax Health District, Valley Health is establishing Points of Distribution (PODs) in Winchester, Front Royal, Woodstock and Luray. Online registration is available at the following link: https://www.valleyhealthlink.com/patients-visitors/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/covid-19-vaccinations/
If you don’t have computer access you can call Valley Health at 540-536-8000 and the operator will connect you for assistance.
The Virginia Department of Health has authorized the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional populations in group 1B. Because the allotment of vaccines being made available to the Lord Fairfax Health District and Valley Health is limited, we will need to prioritize the group 1B list and open vaccines up to those over 75 and essential personnel. More information on the groups is available at the above link.
NW Works falls into the 1b Category, and our Direct Support Staff fall into the 1b Category. We have been in touch with the local Health Department and they will be scheduling a date to come to provide NW Works personnel with the vaccine. Many of our clients will be receiving the vaccine through their residential facilities. NW Works is working with the health department to obtain availability for our clients who reside at home.
As of July 13, 2020
NW Works is continuing to work towards the best solutions for clients returning to services. Currently, NW Works will be bringing clients back into service on a case-by-case basis that best supports the health and safety with all elements of COVID-19 in mind. As we begin to look at opportunities to reopen and engage clients for services we will be contacting Case Management and Individuals/Guardians according to their prospective situation to set up the opportunities that best therapeutically fit the individual. At this time we encourage all parts of individuals’ support teams to work on Social Distancing and practicing wearing a mask to make any return to service more comfortable and natural for them when the opportunity occurs.”
Paid sick leave and family medical leave have been expanded under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA.)
Per the United States Department of Labor, “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. […] In general, employees of private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees, and certain public sector employers, are eligible for up to two weeks of fully or partially paid sick leave for COVID-19 related reasons.” Please click here to read the full flyer or go to https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf to learn more.
COVID-19 Baseline Information
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, underscored by the pandemic declaration from the World Health Organization (WHO), we recognize the important role we play in addressing this public health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the “novel (new) coronavirus was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).”
Our leadership team has take important steps to support the health and well-being of our clients and our staff. This is a good opportunity to review the preventive measures that NW Works has and continues to take to reduce the transmission of colds, flu, and other infectious diseases in the workplace. The best strategy remains the most obvious—frequent hand washing with warm, soapy water; staying hydrated; covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough; and discarding used tissues in wastebaskets.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
Currently we are ramping up our cleaning processes to meet the flu season and other health concerns that have come into the region. In addition to our standard cleaning routine, our janitorial team are cleaning and disinfecting common touch areas 3 times a day, such as counter-tops and door handles; cleaning and disinfecting mid-common touch areas 2 times a day, such as walls and windows; and cleaning uncommon touch areas once a day, such as floors and warehouse items.
We are also providing waters, tissues, paper towels, disinfectant surface wipes, hand wipes and hand sanitizers to five locations throughout the building (front lobby, main conference room, computer lab, conference room 2, and the staff break room). Another preventive measure is to wash your hands (20 seconds each time) several times a day. We are asking all staff to wipe their offices/desk areas two times a day with disinfectant wipes.
In addition to these measures we are limiting visitors to the building until further notice. We have also suspended the use of the conference rooms to guests.
We advise all employees to stay home if they are sick until at least 24 hours after their fever* (temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines.