NW Works will be posting updates to this page as the situation continues to evolve. Please check this page for all official updates.
As of May 6, 2020:
Governor Ralph Northam has provided a three phased approach to businesses reopening, etc. We look forward to having our clients return and are also working on a phased approach based on guidance from the Governor, department of labor, the health department, etc. so that everyone can return to a safe and healthy workplace. We do not have a final date set but will not reopen prior to June 10, 2020 for Day Program services.
Please check back for additional updates.
As of April 16, 2020:
Governor Ralph Northam has extended Executive Order 53 until May 8, 2020, meaning NW Works will stay closed until that date. NW Works may remain closed after May 8, depending on the circumstances. Executive Order 53 bans gatherings of more than 10 people, closes recreation, entertainment and personal care businesses; and limits restaurants to offering takeout and delivery services only. Firefly Cafe & Bakery remains closed at this time.
As of March 31, 2020:
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.
As of March 25, 2020:
Day-program services will continue to be suspended until April 23, 2020. Should services need to be suspended for longer than April 23rd, an update will be posted to this website as well as sent to our partners. Guidance for clients involved in individual support employment remains the same.
As of March 13, 2020:
We will be suspending day-program services March 16th through March 27, 2020. Individual supported employment will not be impacted. For individuals involved in individual supported employment, please have them contact their direct supervisor at their place of employment should they not be able to work. In addition, we will not be allowing visitors unless they have an appointment.
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”).”
Over the past few weeks, 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.