PHASE 1 CONSTRUCTION RESTART COVID-19 JOB SITE REQUIREMENTS (04/23/2020)

Phase 1: Low-risk construction work resumes.

Any existing construction projects complying with the points below may resume only those work activities that do not require workers to be closer than six-feet together. If a work activity requires workers to be closer than six-feet, it is not considered low- risk and is not authorized. Adherence to the physical distancing requirement and the health and safety points below will be strictly enforced.

Prior to recommencing work all contractors are required to develop and post at each job site a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation, and recovery plan. The plan must include policies regarding the following control measures: PPE utilization; on-site social distancing; hygiene; sanitation; symptom monitoring; incident reporting; site decontamination procedures; COVID-19 safety training; exposure response procedures; and a post-exposure incident project wide recovery plan. A copy of the plan must be available on each job site during any construction activities and available for inspection by state and local authorities. Failure to meet posting requirements will result in sanctions, including the job being shut down.

All Contractors are required to post at each job site written notice to employees, subcontractors and government officials the Phase 1 work that will be performed at that job site and signed commitment to adhere to the requirements listed in this document.

All contractors have a general obligation to keep a safe and healthy worksite in accordance with state and federal law. Failure to follow these requirements will be considered a violation of these duties and be penalized accordingly. Under RCW 49.17.060, “each employer shall furnish to each of their employees a place of employment free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause serious injury or death to his or her employees and shall comply with the rules, regulations, and orders promulgated under this chapter.” The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is responsible for workplace safety and health, including inspections and enforcement, consultation, technical assistance, training, education and grants.

All contractors are also required to comply with the following COVID-19 worksite-specific safety practices, as outlined in Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation 20-25, and in accordance with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries General Coronavirus Prevention Under Stay Home-Stay Healthy Order (DOSH Directive 1.70: https://www.lni.wa.gov/safety-health/safety-rules/enforcement- policies/DD170.pdf) and the Washington State Department of Health Workplace and Employer Resources & Recommendations at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Coronavirus/workplace:

COVID-19 Site Supervisor

  1. A site-specific COVID-19 Supervisor shall be designated by the contractor at every job site to monitor the health of employees and enforce the COVID-19 job site safety plan. A designated COVID-19 Supervisor must be present at all times during construction activities, except on single- family residential job sites with 6 or fewer people on the

COVID-19 Safety Training

  1. A Safety Stand-Down/toolbox talk/tailgate training must be conducted on all job sites on the first day of returning to work, and weekly thereafter, to explain the protective measures in place for all workers. Social distancing must be maintained at all
  2. Attendance will be communicated verbally and the trainer will sign in each
  3. COVID-19 safety requirements shall be visibly posted on each

Social Distancing

  1. Social distancing of at least 6 feet of separation must be maintained by every person on the worksite at all times.
  2. Gatherings of any size must be precluded by taking breaks and lunch in shifts. Any time two or more persons must meet, ensure minimum 6 feet of
  3. Identify “choke points” and “high-risk areas” on job sites where workers typically congregate and control them so social distancing is always
  4. Minimize interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials, ensure minimum 6- foot separation.
  5. To the extent practical allow only one trade/subcontractor at a time on a jobsite and maintain 6-foot separation social distancing for each member of that trade. If more than one trade/subcontractor must be on the job to complete the job then at a minimum all trades and subcontractors must maintain social distancing policies in accordance with this

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Employer Provided

  1. Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks as appropriate, or required, for the activity being
  2. Masks, in accordance with Washington Department of Health guidelines, or as required by Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) safety rules, must be worn at all times by every employee on the
  3. Eye protection must be worn at all times by every employee while on
  4. Gloves must be worn at all times by every employee while on worksite. The type of glove worn should be appropriate to the task. If gloves are not typically required for the task, then any type of glove is acceptable, including latex
  5. If appropriate PPE cannot be provided, the worksite must be shut

Sanitation and Cleanliness

  1. Soap and running water shall be abundantly provided on all job sites for frequent handwashing. Workers should be encouraged to leave their workstations to wash their hands regularly, before and after going to the bathroom, before and after eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose.
  2. When running water is not available, portable washing stations, with soap, are required, per WAC 296-155-140 2(a) – (f). Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol can also be used, but are not a replacement for the water
  3. Post, in areas visible to all workers, required hygienic practices, including not to touch face with unwashed hands or with gloves; washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, machines, shared tools, elevator control buttons, and doorknobs; covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as well as other hygienic recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  4. Make disinfectants available to workers throughout the worksite and ensure cleaning supplies are frequently replenished.
  5. Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces on job sites and in offices, such as shared tools, machines, vehicles and other equipment, handrails, doorknobs, and portable toilets. If these areas cannot be cleaned and disinfected frequently, the jobsite shall be shut down until such measures can be achieved and
  6. When the worksite is an occupied home, workers should sanitize work areas upon arrival, throughout the workday and immediately before they leave, and occupants should keep a personal distance of at least 10
  7. If an employee reports feeling sick and goes home, the area where that person worked should be immediately disinfected.

Employee Health/Symptoms

  1. Create policies which encourage workers to stay home or leave the worksite when feeling sick or when they have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case. If they develop symptoms of acute respiratory illness, they must seek medical attention and inform their
  2. Have employees inform their supervisors if they have a sick family member at home with COVID-19. If an employee has a family member sick with COVID-19, that employee must follow the isolation/quarantine requirements as established by the State Department of
  3. Screen all workers at the beginning of their shift by taking their temperature and asking them if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, or new loss of taste or smell. Thermometers used shall be ‘no touch’ or ‘no contact’ to the greatest extent possible. If a ‘no touch’ or ‘no contact’ thermometer is not available, the thermometer must be properly sanitized between each use. Any worker with a temperature of 100.4°F or higher is considered to have a fever and must be sent
  4. Instruct workers to report to their supervisor if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, or new loss of taste or smell). If symptoms develop during a shift, the worker should be immediately sent home. If symptoms develop while the worker is not working, the worker should not return to work until they have been evaluated by a healthcare provider.
  5. Failure of employees to comply will result in employees being sent home during the emergency actions.
  6. Employees who do not believe it is safe to work shall be allowed to remove themselves from the worksite and employers must follow the expanded family and medical leave requirements included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act or allow the worker to use unemployment benefits, paid time off, or any other available form of paid leave available to the worker at the workers
  7. Any worker coming to work on a construction site in Washington from any state that is not contiguous to Washington must self-quarantine for 14 days to become eligible to work on a job site in
  8. If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The employer should instruct fellow employees about how to proceed based on the CDC Public Health Recommendations for Community-Related Exposure.

Job Site Visitors

  1. A daily attendance log of all workers and visitors must be kept and retained for at least four weeks. The log must include the name, phone number, and email address of all workers and

No jobsite may operate until the contractor can meet and maintain all requirements, including providing materials, schedules and equipment required to comply.

These Phase 1 COVID-19 job site safety practices are required as long as the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Gubernatorial Proclamation 20-25 is in effect or if adopted as rules by a federal, state or local regulatory agency. All items minus numbers 28 and 30 are subject to enforcement action under L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). 

Workplace safety and health complaints may be submitted to the L&I Call Center: (1-800-423-7233) or via e- mail to adag235@lni.wa.gov. General questions about how to comply with construction safety practices can be submitted to the state’s Business Response Center at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/2562f1caf5814c46a6bf163762263aa5. All other violations related to Proclamation 20-25 can be submitted via at: https://bit.ly/covid-compliance.

PORT LUDLOW RESIDENT AREA GROCERY SHOPPING LOCATION(S) BASED ON A 15 MILE DRIVING RADIUS THAT INCLUDE LOCATIONS IN BOTH JEFFERSON AND KITSAP COUNTIES (04/23/2020)

PORT LUDLOW AREA RESIDENT DINING INFORMATION BASED ON A 12 MILE DRIVING RADIUS (4/23/2020)

JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER WEEKLY MEETING COVID-19 SUMMARY 4/20/2020

Department of Health (Dr. Locke):

  • No new positive cases for Jefferson County reported from Sunday, April 19th.

Case / Test Data:

  • Jefferson County has peaked during this first phase of the virus transmission. We can expect to see additional phases developing until we can develop a robust testing and tracing protocol.
  • Jefferson County is ahead of the curve by 3 to 4 weeks. This is a good thing, but it also makes it harder to see if we are losing ground.
  • 775,000 COVID-19 cases nationally
  • 12,000 COVID-19 cases Washington State
  • 41,000 deaths nationally
  • 634 deaths in Washington State
  • In WA State, of all testing, 9.0% are positive
  • In Jefferson County, of all testing, 4.0% are positive
  • The Washington State COVID-19 website with county data is currently not accurate for Jefferson County. The site is showing that we have 11.0% of all tests are coming back positive, when in fact it is running a little lower that 4.0%. The disconnect is potentially from the national reporting lab network

Advisories:

  • Social distancing not only appears to be working – it is working.
    • Models assume social distancing at least through May 5th.
    • If we stop this mitigation too early additional virus phases will be upon us quickly
    • Doing so could cause positive rates to increase at 3×5 times (worse) rate than we are currently experiencing statewide.

Roadmap to Reopening:

  • How fast we move to re-opening will be based on how fast we can detect.
  • Robust and sustainable testing for only those who are symptomatic and who have been exposed to the symptomatic population, medical/hospital workers, long care facility teams, and first responders.
  • Testing program and protocol is critical, but testing is not enough.
  • Ability to analyze tests and investigate contacts through active and passive surveillance.
  • Outbreak investigations – positive cluster areas defined and mitigated.
    • There was one cluster event in Jefferson County at a residential care facility. That cluster was mitigated very quickly with no additional transmission.
  • Jefferson County is requesting clarification from the governor’s office to relook at some industries as being essential if social distancing protocols can be adhered to. Those would include, but not limited to:
    • Construction
    • Recreational
  • Caution should be heeded on portable immunity testing for anti-bodies. The companies producing the tests are unregulated and tests are typically unreliable.
  • The unknown about re-opening strategies is FEAR. The higher risk population will show a great deal of caution regard moving around safely.
  • We know the reopening is starting to happen because hospitals are starting to perform some elective surgeries.
  • DEM states the COVID-19 is like a 26-mile marathon race, it is important to know that we are in the beginning stages of this race and we are far from the finish line.
  • DEM is modifying and developing virus continency plan timelines for 30-day, 3-month, 6 month and 1-year scenarios.
  • Protests about stay at home. 70 to 80% of the population supports and agrees with the stay at home program. Even though it is inconvenient and annoying, they see the need.

Personal Protection Updates:

  • Jefferson County DEM continues to receive N-95 masks and gloves from WA. State Emergency Operations Center (EOC). There seems to be a shortage of gowns and eye protection. They expect more in the near term.
  • DEM states that 1,000 homemade masks have been produced and distributed. A large demand still exists

JEFFERSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – WEEKLY UPDATE 4/6/2020

Department of Health

  • An announcement will be made later today, and the website updated to show an additional (6) positive COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County. This brings the county total up to 25.

Case / Test Data

  • Jeff Co. has a higher level of testing than do most rural counties.
  • Expectations are that we will experience a factor of 10X (250 in total during the whole outbreak) or more in positive cases.
  • Percent of positive cases per total tested is running at about 50% of statewide levels.
  • Washington is doing 10K tests a day… will be 2x that by next week.
  • Tests are being processed at UofW and local specialized testing locations for quick turn-around
  • National testing labs are no longer being used due to response time of test results which have run as high as 14 days.

Advisories:

  • 20% of people that are infected are a-symptomatic (no symptoms) or pre-symptomatic the 2 days prior to feeling any symptoms when your body is shedding the virus.
  • It is crucial to adhere to organized precaution efforts for the next 7 weeks.
  • King County cases expected to peak mid-April
  • Jefferson County cases expected to peak end of April
  • Highest risk of exposure will be during the next 4 weeks.
  • Case rates are climbing
  • Try to avoid:
    • In person grocery shopping during the next 4 weeks
    • Crowded areas even while social distancing
    • Vacation homes or short-term rentals.
  • If you are sick, do not leave your home.
  • Malaria drugs:
    • Testing should have results in two weeks.
    • These drugs could have some very serious, negative, unintended effects
  • Deaths from COVID-19 continue to be greater in the over 65 age group, with the 80+ being significant.

Updated protocol on grocery store visits.

  • If you do need to go to a grocery store:
    • Wash or sanitize your hands prior to going in the store
    • If wearing gloves, wash or sanitize those prior to going into the store
    • Adhere to the 6-foot social distancing protocol
    • Be aware that stores may be implementing one-way isles to help with distancing.
    • Do not touch anything unless you are taking it. especially perishables.
    • Wear a mask if you are comfortable in doing so.

Personal Protection Updates:

  • Washington State has a stronger supply of PPE – and has developed a more robust vendor supply chain.
  • Gloves – Non-medical personal that wear gloves often do not wash their hands enough due to a false sense of security that glove wearing gives.
  • Masks are good for source control but offer a false sense of security because of improper human use.
    • Masks can increase the risk of infectious spread if people touch the insides where droplets have been deposited.
    • Homemade masks with some filtering media between inner and outer layers are more relevant and act more like surgical masks.
    • Homemade masks should be thoroughly disinfected, washed and dried after each use.
    • People tend not to practice social distancing when wearing masks due to a false sense of security.

Jefferson Healthcare:

  • Has been planning for the surge that is likely to take place this month.
  • Only a limited number of infected patients have been admitted.
  • Although they normally only have 25 beds, there are ways in an emergency, to increase that number substantially
  • There are limited ventilators, however the number is enough for immediate requirements.
  • Jefferson Health is part of an area hospital collective which share resources or take overflow patients if needed.

HOW TO HELP 4/5/2020

Volunteer with Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management

The Department of Emergency Management is interested in volunteers with medical backgrounds (doctor, nurse, EMT, etc.), backgrounds in security (military, law enforcement), other emergency response (firefighters, Incident Command System) or other specialized skills.

More information can be found at: www.co.jefferson.wa.us/1450/VolunteerHow-to-Help

Volunteer or Donate through OlyCAP

OlyCAP offers a wide array of community service programs and can provide help to those in need or can use your help if you’d like to give back to the community.

More information can be found at: www.co.jefferson.wa.us/1450/VolunteerHow-to-Help

Help with Making Face Masks

While many people have stepped up to make face masks for community use, the demand has outpaced our supply! Jefferson County face mask volunteers have set up a Facebook page to help with locating resources. These masks are distributed to disadvantaged citizens, homeless and incarcerated persons; they are not available to the general public at this time.

If you are interested in helping with this project and need help with resources, you can find it here: www.facebook.com/groups/207602053835025/?ref=share

The face mask pattern and instructions can be found at: www.co.jefferson.wa.us/1450/VolunteerHow-to-Help

Donate Blood

Jefferson County Department of Health has coordinated appointment-only blood donations in our area at the following locations:

Monday, April 6 – Port Townsend Elks Lodge, Room 555 Otto, 12 pm to 6 pm

Wednesday, April 8 – Port Hadlock Community Methodist Church, 130 Church Lane, 11 am to 5 pm

To make an appointment or for more information call 1-800-398-7888 or visit: www.bloodworksNW.org

UTILITIES CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE COMMUNITY 3/31/2020

 

AT&T

800- 331-0500

CHS Northwest Propane

9315 Rhody Dr, Chimacum, WA 98325

360-732-4585

CENTURYLINK

877-348-9005/ 877-348-9007/800-244-1111

DIRECT TV

800-288-2020

DISH

800-333-3474

Jefferson Propane

1473 A, Chimacum Rd, Chimacum, WA 98325

360-732-4006

AmeriGas

265 Chimacum Rd, Port Hadlock, WA 98339

360-385-6883

Murrey’s Disposal Service

2153 4th St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

360-385-6612

Olympic Sewer & Water, Inc

70 Breaker Ln, Port Ludlow, WA 98365

Phone: 360-437-2101

PLVC

 

PUD Jefferson Co

360-385-5800

Sunshine Propane

10853 Rhody Dr, Port Hadlock, WA 98339

(360) 385-5797

T-Mobile

800-T-Mobile

WAVE

866-928-3123

Verizon

800-837-4966

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES 3/30/2020

From Jefferson County Mental Health

Benji Project Online Teen Drop-In

  • The Benji Project’s trained teachers will host a FREE one-hour session two times a week to share stress relief, connection and coping practices. Drop in to our Zoom online meetings every Tuesday at 7pm starting March 24, and every Thursday at 4pm starting March 26.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease

Discovery Behavioral Healthcare

  • DBH continues to provide a variety of mental health, crisis and medication management services. Please call our office at (360) 385–0321.

Jumping Mouse Children’s Center

National Alliance on Mental Illness 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • Or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Port Townsend Police Department 

  • Community members seeking resources, please contact Judson Haynes LMHC, SUDP at 360-531-3445 or jhaynes@cityofpt.us

Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others.

  • Or call 1-888-910-0416

 

PLA ANNOUNCEMENTS / CLOSURES OWSI NOTIFICATION

Port Ludlow Associates has asked us to forward the following


TEMPORARY CLOSURE – The Inn, Fireside, Golf Course and
PLA/OWSI Office will be closed until at least April 24.

LIMITED OPENINGS – Marina and Fuel Dock, call for times, 360-437-0513


OWSI

  1. The safeguards we have always taken to protect water quality are effective to keep it safe from viruses, including COVID-19.
  2. We do ask that when you are cleaning with disinfecting wipes that you do not dispose of them by flushing them down your toilets. Toilet paper is the only paper product that is safe to flush into the sewers. Disinfecting and flushable wipes do not break down in water, increasing the chance of sewer pipe line backups.
  3. If you are having difficulty paying your water bill due to the COVID-19 Virus, please contact us as soon as possible. We will offer payment arrangements and extensions to help. Additionally, we have temporarily suspended collections activities and shutoffs on residential service connections for non-payment.

owsi@portludlowassociates.com
360-437-2101 Office
877-826-5787 Emergency Phone

JEFFERSON HEALTHCARE RESPONDS TO COVID-19

The following are highlights from the Peninsula Daily News Commentary, March 18, 2020.
Jefferson Healthcare’s (JHC) COVID-19 plan is aimed at keeping our communities informed, safe and well during this pandemic. Planning work has three main components:
1) Monitor, test and communicate
2) Flatten the infection growth curve
3) Plan for increased health services utilization.
To assist our community:
  • JHC has launched a COVID-19 Nurse Consult hotline at 360-344-3094. It isavailable 7 days a week to answer questions and schedule appointments in the COVID-19/Respiratory Incident CommandStation.
  • JHC has dramatically increased the ability to test. JHC plans to keep a drive-thru testing station at the hospital as long as necessary – currently by appointment only.
  • To keep you informed, JHC is updating daily our COVID-19 Web page at: jeffersonhealthcare.org/covid-19.
  • JHC is also posting informative video content on our Facebook page.
  • JHC has inventoried all personal protection equipment (PPE), and developed use protocols to ensure staff is protected and safe while caring for patients.
  • JHC is restricting hospital visitors. JHC has made the difficult decision to postpone all support groups and wellness services and restrict access to the hospital and clinics for all discretionary purposes (like using the cafeteria). We expect our community members to understand and comply with this temporary restriction to keep our most vulnerable residents safe and well.
JHC has been closely monitoring the regional and local situations and, in collaboration with the Public Health Department, communicating with the public at every opportunity. JHC has a plan in place and a team of dedicated staff and providers fully committed to doing whatever it takes to get our community through this difficult time.
County Health Officer, Tom Locke, and senior JHC officials held a Panel Discussion on March 25. Follow this link to see it in its entirety: