Local 420 Closely Monitoring the COVID-19 Virus Situation
Monday, March 16, 2020
Brothers and Sisters:
The leadership of Local Union 420, as well as the Henry Plummer Training Center, are closely monitoring the situation with respect to the Coronavirus (COVID - 19). We are actively engaged with city officials and will continue to stay abreast of this fluid situation.
If any issues arise as it pertains to the Local, it's job-sites or our Training Center, you will be sure to receive communication from the Local.
In the interim, we strongly encourage you to follow best safety practices like those noted below, and consult such resources as the CDC for information on combating this virus.
- Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick. Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available) of their potential exposure. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html
Helpful tips include:
- Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact or sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough, or sneeze (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available) and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Practice “social distancing” during this time and avoid large crowds, hand shaking and close physical contact.