COVID-19: Updates and Safety Precautions
As we at JVC Northwest continue to monitor reports of COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to provide information to our JV/AmeriCorps members weekly as we learn of new updates and information to provide to each of you and how it may impact your service year. Read on for more information about potential impacts to your service and familiarize yourself with the guidance from the Center for Disease Control here . Please reach out to your Program Coordinator (PC) with questions and concerns as they arise.

In an effort to support all JV Communities in preventing the spread of COVID-19, we strongly encourage each community to be diligent in household cleaning. To that end, we will reduce the housing fee payment in March by $25 for each community – bookkeepers will see this reduction in the housing fee invoices that will be mailed out early next week. Please use these additional funds to purchase any additional cleaning supplies that you need. As a community, research guidance currently being offered in your area (resources by locale are below). Dependent upon locale and current risk level, different state agencies are issuing varying safety protocols, including limiting travel, social distancing, limiting large group gatherings, etc. We recognize that many cleaning products are difficult to find in stores. However, these basics will be helpful in combating the virus: soap, bleach, and alcohol. Here are three resources as reminders about the importance of cleaning and the effectiveness of various cleaning products:

As we continue to receive guidance from health professionals, we will keep you all updated, recognizing our guidance and recommendations may change and shift as more information becomes available.
Service Sites
JV/AmeriCorps members are asked to follow the safety protocols at each of their service sites. If a partner agency decides to close for any period of time, JV/AmeriCorps members should not report to service or any other community member's service site. If a service site closes or any portion of a JV/AmeriCorps member's service is altered by the COVID-19 virus, please notify your Program Coordinator (PC) to receive information about continuing to earn service hours while your service site is closed. If you are in a locale that is currently directly impacted by COVID-19, begin these conversations now with your Site Supervisor about what serving off-site in your home would look like. Ensure your Site Supervisor is aware of breadth of access you have in your individual JV home (i.e., internet access, landline phone access, laptop computer, etc.)

For our AmeriCorps placements, our AmeriCorps team is collaborating with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) about possible impacts to service and your ability to complete necessary hours if a break in service would occur. We will keep you updated as we learn more from how this might impact your service requirements.
Retreats
We have two upcoming retreats in April. JVC Northwest staff will continue to monitor conditions and recommendations across our locales. JVC Northwest operates on a decision-making structure where ten days out from an event, we will determine the safety and sustainability of hosting any given event. Any event currently scheduled will be evaluated at the ten day out timeline to identify if the event will proceed as planned, be amended, or cancelled.
For the BIPOC Retreat scheduled for April 4-5 in Portland, Ore., JVC Northwest will determine viability on March 23, 2020.
For Spring Regional Retreats scheduled for April 23-26 (Big Sky) and April 24-27 (Alaska, Cascades, and Mountain West regions), JVC Northwest will determine viability on April 9, 2020.
Preparing Your Home
The Center for Disease Control indicates that many individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will recover in their homes for all or some portion of the recovery period.

Review the following practices and protocols to be prepared:

Create a household plan of action
  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. Have a business meeting to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be. Talk about what it might mean to include Support People in this conversation.
Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.
  • There is limited information about who may be at risk for severe complications from COVID-19 illness. From the data that are available for COVID-19 patients, and from data for related coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, it is possible that persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions may be at risk for more serious complications. If you or a community mate are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications, please consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
Get to know your neighbors.
  • Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbors, information, and resources. If you are in a locale with other JV/AmeriCorps communities or other service program communities, connect about what your plans might be and how you can collaborate.
Identify aid organizations in your community.
  • Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources. Consider including organizations that provide mental health or counseling services, food, and other supplies.
Update your Emergency Contact List
  • Ensure your community has a current list of emergency contacts for each JV/AmeriCorps member. Also gather a list of individuals health care providers, service site phone numbers, the local public health department, and other community resources. You should have received an emergency contact list at Orientation for your community mates; if you need an updated version of this list, ask your PC. Think of who else you might need to include on this list.
Practice everyday preventative actions
  • Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Create Space or a Plan for Space
  • Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Identify a separate bathroom for the sick person to use, if possible. Plan to clean these rooms, as needed, when someone is sick. Learn how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home below.
CDC Recommendations
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