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March 12, 2020

RPBCWD Response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

March 16th COVID-19 Update: Office Closed to Visitors

The District continues to take every precaution to keep employees, volunteers, and visitors healthy and safe, and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The office is now closed to visitors, and staff are working from home when possible. To reach a specific staff person, please reach out to them directly. Contact info can be found on our website: rpbcwd.org/about-watershed

The march 16th meeting of the CAC will be held via zoom, an online meeting platform. More info here.

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As the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads around the world, the District continues to take every precaution to keep employees, volunteers, and visitors healthy and safe, and minimize the spread of the virus. This includes supporting work-from-home as needed and appropriate, and reminding everyone of the importance of good hygiene practices.

In addition, the District is implementing a new safety measure at our office that may be noticeable to visitors to the office.

New COVID-19 self-screening process
Beginning March 12, we will ask employees, contractors and visitors to observe a COVID-19 self-screening process.

What does this mean for you?
Before you come to the office, please ask yourself these following questions:

What if … 

My actions … 

I am experiencing flu-like symptoms, e.g., fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath? 

Please do NOT come into the office.

I or a member of my household was in China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea, or any area currently experiencing ongoing community transmission, in the last 14 days? See Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for current advisories.

Please do NOT come into the office. 

I had contact with a suspected or confirmed case of someone having COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

 

Please do NOT come into the office. 

I answered NO to all three questions?

Proceed to the office and have a great day. But remember, it’s important to practice good hygiene and social distancing (see tips below).

 

 

 

What does this mean for visitors?
Visitors are welcome in the office, but these are not normal times. Before you plan a face-to-face meeting at the office, please ask yourself:

  • Could the meeting be virtual? If YES, take advantage of our virtual meeting options [reach out to staff with questions].
  • Could the meeting be held at a later date? If YES, simply reschedule.

If an in-person meeting is necessary, all guests should complete the self-screening process, in advance if possible. Visitors who answer YES to any of the questions are asked to NOT visit our office at this time.

What other actions are we taking?
In addition, we are taking extra steps to keep the District office clean and safe. For example:

·      More frequent cleaning of all common surfaces such as handrails, faucets, door knobs, etc.

·      Placement of sanitizing wipes in all conference rooms. 

·      More frequent monitoring and filling of hand sanitizer stations.

What can we all do to protect against COVID-19?
Check out these to protect yourself and those around you, here and everywhere. Most important, remember the basics:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap
  • Keep surfaces around you clean
  • Cover your cough
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Use verbal greetings and avoid handshakes; and
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.