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COVID 19

The purpose of this page is to provide City of Prosser staff information about City, State, and Federal programs and guidance in response to the COVID 19 events.

 

City Clerk and Public Information Officer Rachel Shaw, has sent a lot of information about preventative measures (PPE, social distancing, and good hygiene) which can do a lot to slow the spread of this disease. The governor has also put into place the Stay Home – Stay Health order which limits the activities of the general public to those that are deemed essential. But what can we do in our workplaces?

 

  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other staff members
  • Do not have in person meetings or meet in a large room and be at least 6 feet from each other
  • Limit visitors
  • Wash hands often
  • Clean workplace and highly trafficked areas often

 

We are also encouraging staff in the following categories to stay home:

  • Employees who are sick – COVID or not.  Look for symptoms of fever, cough, or trouble breathing.
  • Employees who have a family member home who is sick

These employees should stay home for 72 hours AFTER a break in symptoms.

 

Employees in these classes could be considered high risk and therefore, should stay home:

If you fall into one of these categories or live with someone who falls into these categories, please let me know and I can work with you to develop a plan specifically for you.

 

Just last week the President signed The Families First Coronavirus Response Act which provides emergency paid sick leave and emergency family and medical leave to employees. I am still learning a lot about this program but what I know at this point is the following:

-        Emergency Paid Sick Leave

o   Provides up to 80 hours of paid sick leave to eligible staff

o   Eligible staff include: quarantined staff, employees with COVID-19, employees caring for dependents with COVID-19, or those impact by school closures due to COVID-19.

-        Emergency Family Medical Leave

o   Provides up to 12 weeks of leave to staff impacted by school closures due to COVID-19

 

It is important to note that this is just one of the programs available to staff in this time. There are also programs available through Unemployment and through Washington’s Paid Family Leave program. If you want to find out more about these programs please let me know or here are some links to their pages:

 

               Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave: https://paidleave.wa.gov/

               Unemployment: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

 

Finally, we have developed the Administrative Policy EMG 001 - COVID 19. Our priority with this policy is to ensure that our sick staff have more options available to stay home sick. Please take a moment to review the policy and let me know if you have any questions.

 

EMG 001 - COVID 19

 

We continue to monitor the daily changes that are occurring and following the guidance of the CDC and Department of Health. We are doing our best to share that information with you as we find. We would be lying if we said we had been through this before and knew what was going to happen next, but we are doing our best to stay informed and prepared. We also welcome your input and ideas. You are there on the frontlines and that is where all of the best information comes from. Please let your department head know if you have suggestions or ideas.