This page will be updated with pertinent information for FMFCD staff regarding COVID-19, and will be include most of what is posted on the employee intranet.
As you are aware, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, including within the United States. As of 3/16/20, there are two confirmed cases within Fresno County, and cases in the neighboring counties of Tulare (2) and Madera (1). The District is committed to doing its part to keep employees and the community safe, and will make changes to the way it does business based upon changing community conditions. Updates to what we do, how we do it, and where we do it from, will be posted here over the next several weeks.
A new ‘COVID-19 Risk Minimization and Outreach Response Plan’ is ready, and will be updated as needed. The most current version will be posted here. Each version will be dated so you know whether you’re looking at the most recent one.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a website with an updated list of locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases within the United States. The District is in regular communication with the Fresno County Department of Public Health, which is working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the CDC.
SUPPORT FOR EMPLOYEES If you are ill and need medical attention, first call your medical provider for specific guidance. Talk to your Supervisor or Manager if you aren’t feeling well and stay home if you are sick (talk to your medical provider about obtaining medical certification). The District is tracking State and federal legislation regarding compensation for people diagnosed with COVID-19, that could supersede or augment what is in the District’s plan.
The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19. For more information please access the EDD webpage at www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO STAY SAFE AND PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
- Wash hands with soap and water
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay away from work or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough
MEETINGS As of now, the effort to reduce in-person contact means conducting meetings via telephone or video, rather than in person. Until further notice, new meetings should be scheduled this way. If you have meetings scheduled already, change them using instructions provided here (link to new info coming soon). If you need help, ask the Office Assistant you are assigned to.
VISITORS TO THE RECEPTION DESKS Essentially, it’s business as usual, except that reception staff will wear latex gloves. Signs will be posted at the Building 1 and Building 2 reception desks letting visitors know to stay at least 6 feet away from District personnel.
FIELD STAFF Effective immediately, field staff that do not need to access the office will do their jobs in the field, and not come into the office.
DEVELOPMENT REVIEW The Development Review process will not change unless we find ourselves at Risk Level III (see page 6-7 of Plan). After that, the District offices will be mostly closed to the public, and plans will need to be dropped off at the Building 1 front counter. The back gate would be closed to public access.
PARKS Effective immediately, District parks will be closed and our Park Attendants will not report to work.