Covid-19 Preparedness & Response Plan
Employer: Lyndon Township
This COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan (“Plan”) is adopted in compliance with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-110, dated June 1, 2020; Executive Order 2020-114, dated June 5, 2020; and Executive Order 2020-115, dated June 5, 2020.
The following employees are designated as workplace supervisors to implement, monitor, and report on the COVID-19 control strategies developed under this Plan: Linda Reilly, Janet Gilkey, Kristen Brekke, Pam Byrnes, Thomas Glendening, Kevin McLaughlin, Thomas Byrne. A designated supervisor must remain on site at all times when workers are present on site. An on-site employee may be designated to perform the supervisory role.
III. Workplace Considerations
This employer is a Michigan township, whose workers generally include workers at the township hall (an office setting). There is anticipated exposure from close contact with the general public and people who may not know or suspect that they are infected with COVID-19. The employer considers in-person workers who interact with the general public to be at “medium exposure risk” under OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (“OSHA Guidance”), which is defined as follows:
Medium exposure risk jobs include those that require frequent and/or close contact (i.e., within 6 feet of) people who may be infected with SARS-CoV-2, but who are not known or suspected COVID-19 patients. In areas without ongoing community transmission, workers in this risk group may have frequent contact with travelers who may return from international locations with widespread COVID-19 transmission. In areas where there is ongoing community transmission, workers in this category may have contact with the general public (e.g., schools, high-population-density work environments, some high-volume retail settings).
Workers who do not interact with the general public are considered to be “lower exposure risk” under the OSHA Guidance, which is defined as follows:
Lower exposure risk (caution) jobs are those that do not require contact with people known to be, or suspected of being, infected with SARS-CoV-2 nor frequent close contact with (i.e., within 6 feet of) the general public. Workers in this category have minimal occupational contact with the public and other coworkers.
The employer will provide COVID-19 training to employees that covers, at a minimum, all of the following:
- Workplace infection-control practices.
- The proper use of personal protective equipment.
- Steps the employee must take to notify the business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
- How to report unsafe working conditions.
- Appropriate cleaning procedures.
- How to manage symptomatic members of the public upon entry or in any public building.
V. Basic Infection Prevention Measures & Safe Work Practices
To protect its in-person workers, the employer will:
- Comply with all workplace safeguards set forth in EO 2020-114 and subsequent executive orders.
- Require in-person workers to comply with the social distancing practices described in EO 2020-114, which includes keeping workers at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible (including through the use of ground markings, signs, and physical barriers, as appropriate to the workplace) and restricting the number of workers present in the workplace to no more than is strictly necessary to perform the business’s permitted operations.
- Promote frequent and thorough hand washing, including by providing workers with a place to wash their hands and by making cleaning supplies available to employees upon entry and at the worksite. If soap and running water are not immediately available, the employer will provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Require workers to stay home if they are sick.
- Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
- Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.
- Maintain regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment (including door handles, tools, machinery, and vehicles). When choosing cleaning chemicals, the employer will consult information on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfectant labels with claims against emerging viral pathogens. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 based on data for harder to kill viruses. The employer will follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use of all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, PPE).
- Direct that face-to-face meetings should be replaced with virtual meetings.
- To the extent feasible, allow in-person workers to work on alternating days/shifts to reduce total number of employees in the facility.
- Discontinue nonessential travel for workers.
- Provide tissues, no-touch trash cans, hand soap, hand sanitizer, and disposable towels for workers.
- Promote remote work to the fullest extent possible.
- Encourage employees to use personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer on public transportation.
- Install physical barriers, such as clear plastic sneeze guards, where feasible.
- If there is more than one employee in the office, masks must be worn.
VI. Identification and Isolation of Ill Workers; Response
- The employer will instruct in-person workers to self-monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Workers must not report to work if they have signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness.
- The employer will conduct a daily entry self-screening protocol, which will include asking workers entering the workplace to disclose any symptoms or illness, exposure to persons with COVID-19, and recent travel. The employer may also require workers to take their temperature and record the result in writing before working. Workers will enter the workplace at dedicated entry points.
- Notwithstanding anything in the employer’s employment policies, no written note from a physician is required for workers who are staying home from work due to illness, nor is a written note required for an employee to return to work.
- Workers in the workplace who display signs or symptoms of COVID-19 must be immediately isolated from other workers. The worker with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should be placed in a separate room with closable doors until he or she leaves or is transported from the workplace. If a face mask is available, the worker should wear a face mask until he or she leaves or is transported from the workplace.
- All workers may take any leave permitted under federal or state law or the employer’s policies, including any leave for which they are eligible and for which they have a qualifying reason under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
- If an in-person worker tests positive for COVID-19, the employer will take the following additional measures:
- Closing the affected building (or part of the building) to all workers;
- Having the affected building (or part of the building) professionally cleaned and sanitized;
- Notifying all workers (including contractors and suppliers) who may have come into contact with the infected person of the potential exposure; and
- Notifying the local public health department.
- The employer will allow workers with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 to return to the workplace only after they are no longer infectious according to the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).
VII. Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”)
Pursuant to EO 2020-114, the employer will provide non-medical grade face coverings to all on-site employees and require face coverings to be worn when employees cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace. The employer will consider face shields when employees cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace.
Workers with questions or concerns should contact their supervisor.
Adopted: July 14, 2020
Revised: December 8, 2020
FEMA NON-PROFIT REQUESTS FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE DURING COVIED-19
FEMA authorized to provide eligible applicants funding under the Federal Public Assistance Program
For interested nonprofits, please note that applications are due to the State of Michigan on Thursday, April 30th.
222 NORTH MAIN ST. · P.O. BOX 8645 ·ANN ARBOR, MI ·48107-8645
Date: June 12, 2020
WASHTENAW COUNTY DECLARES END TO
COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY
ANN ARBOR, MI – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting this morning to vote on a resolution ending the county’s declared state-of-emergency. The declaration comes about 10 days after Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order lifts, allowing larger gatherings and business and restaurants to open with limited capacity.
Board Chair Jason Morgan declared the state-of-emergency at a special meeting on March 18, 2020, saying:
“For the health and safety of all residents of Washtenaw County and for the long-term stability of our local economy, public safety and criminal justice system and community social safety net, I am declaring a state of emergency.”
On today’s ending of the state-of-emergency, Morgan shares:
“Our actions helped the Board and the county operate in a manner to help protect the public and flatten the curve in Washtenaw County. Over the last 13 weeks, we’ve been able to continue to provide a safety net to our residents. We pared down in-person work for our employees, provided critical assistance to our homeless population, essential household items and community testing to our hardest hit areas, provided resources to our small businesses and ultimately helped flatten the curve in Washtenaw county. We all know that this is not the end. There is still significant risk to public health, safety and the economy. I want to recognize our Public Health Officer Jimena Loveluck, Office of Community and Economic Development director Teresa Gillotti, Racial Equity Officer Alize Asberry Payne, Director of Emergency Management Dave Halteman and all the hardworking employees of Washtenaw County. They have worked tirelessly and will continue to monitor and adjust moving forward. We will be prepared if there is a second wave of this awful disease.”
Gregory Dill, County Administrator adds, “The ending of our declaration of a state-of-emergency allows our county departments to return to a more normal, though modified, state of operations. We will open more widely to the public on Monday, June 15th. We’ve worked hard to put measures in place that will continue to keep the public and our employees safe.”
He continues, “I’m proud of the actions of this board and the diligence of all 1400 county employees who’ve worked responding to the pandemic. We followed and will continue to follow the science. It’s now time to shift our focus from crisis response and stabilization to our resiliency efforts so that we can continue to provide world class service to the residents of Washtenaw County.”
The Board of Commissioners and all other county public meetings will continue to be held remotely through the end of June, in accordance with the governor’s Open Meetings Act exception order. Plans are in place to return to in-person once that order expires on June 30th. The Washtenaw County Health Department remains the designated source for information on the COVID-19 situation locally. As new information becomes available, you can find it at www.washtenaw.org/covid19
Subject: Breaking Down the CARES Act, Resource Pages from Senator Peters
Information from Senator Peters on how the CARES Act will impact various constituencies
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Detroit, MI 48226
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