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A Statement from The Corps Network on COVID-19
UPDATE – March 16, 2020: This blog post has been adapted into a page on The Corps Network’s website where we will continue to post updates related to the coronavirus outbreak. Please refer to this page for the latest information.
The Corps Network is committed to the safety and well-being of our staff, member organizations, and partners. Public health agencies are closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
This document from the World Health Organization (WHO) elaborates on each of the following points in more detail, but, at a minimum, your organization should prepare as follows:
- Develop and implement ways to ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, you prevent the spread of COVID-19 at your Corps;
- Develop and implement plans to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 at events for which you are responsible or at meetings and events you plan to attend. Whenever possible, it is advisable to move meetings and events online;
- Develop and implement clear travel policies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure for your staff, Corpsmembers, and your community. Many organizations have cancelled all staff travel for the coming weeks as we learn more about the impact of this virus; and
- Develop a plan with the steps your Corps will do in the event COVID-19 arrives in your community or at your organization.
We also encourage you to take a look at this comprehensive Business Checklist to help you conduct a self-assessment of your readiness to deal effectively with this crisis.
The Corps Network recognizes that each of your situations will be different depending on your organization’s location, size, the community in which you operate, and the types of projects you complete. We STRONGLY encourage you to consult with and coordinate with your local public health agencies and your partners about your approach to this public health crisis. The Corps Network will provide additional updates and guidance as we learn more. We wish you health and safety.
From March 13 until March 20, The Corps Network staff will work remotely. We are monitoring the situation and may continue to work remotely for a longer period of time if necessary. We are well-equipped with the technology to ensure our team is as accessible and responsive off-site as we are in the office. You can find email addresses for all our employees here.
Download printable signs from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Information from CNCS:
Please see here for information from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Webinar from Willis Towers Watson:
Please see here for a webinar conducted March 10 by Willis Towers Watson on the implications of COVID-19 for employers. Note this webinar is only accessible with a login. Please use [email protected].
Here is the timing breakdown for the webinar:
2:30 – Covid-19 Facts & Figures
5:25 – Covid-19 Economic Impact
7:00 – What should employers do to prepare for Covid-19?
- Protect workers at the workplace
- Exclude workers/visitors who are ill or at risk for Covid-19
- Provide accurate & timely communication to employees
- Provide resources to supervisors to address employee concerns
- Consider alternative approaches to work arrangements & meetings
15:25 – Taking Actions to Restrict & Monitor Business Travel
17:40 – Prepare for Impact on Expatriates
20:20 – Pay & Benefits Implications & Employee Wellbeing
31:00 – Reviewing Business Continuity Plans
33:00 – Worker’s Compensation Claims with Covid-19
40:25 – Are You Ready for COVID-19 Checklist
43:45 – Q&A
- What to do in the instance of someone with Covid-19 having been in the workplace
To The Corps Network’s Member Organizations:
In response to your requests, The Corps Network created a space to compile resources related to how Corps and our partners are responding to the global coronavirus outbreak. Sharing these resources is not an endorsement. For current and pertinent information regarding COVID-19 concerns and response efforts, organizations should turn to their local public health departments and consult general recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you would like to share your COVID-19 response plan, follow the link above and click the “Individual Corps Resources” link. Next, create a folder and upload documents or contact information.
Please be aware that specific response plans are influenced by local conditions including restrictions set by state government, local government, or grantors. Organizations should prioritize guidance from their local public health departments or the CDC prior to finalizing a response plan.