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 July 1, 2021:
All individuals (clients and staff) must wear masks at all times at NW Works, unless they provide proof of complete vaccination against the coronavirus. Complete vaccination is established two weeks following either the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks following the second shot in the Pfizer or Moderna series. All visitors must continue to wear masks at our facility. Per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, we still encourage maintaining social distancing for those who are unvaccinated.
Temperature screenings are still required for all people entering our facility. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay home.
We partner with AtmosAir Solutions to ensure the air in our building is as clean as possible. The system, which is able to remove a majority of coronavirus particles from the air, has been shown to reduce viral and bacterial contaminants, as well as reduce dust and mold within a building.
In addition, our team disinfects the entirety of our building weekly using an electrostatic sprayer. This, on top of our daily custodial work, helps to ensure that high-touch spaces in our facility remain clean and safe for all who enter our building.
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.