As many employees and residents may have heard, this afternoon, Governor Northam made the decision to close all Virginia K-12 public schools for a minimum of two weeks in in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. This closure will take place between Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, 2020. (To read the Governor’s full press release, please see the attached document).
During this time, we recognize this will place an additional concern on our employees and could potentially impact their regular schedules and work routines. Please be aware that the County is prepared to be as flexible as possible to assist our staff in coordinating schedules during this timeframe. We encourage you to have conversations with your supervisors, and share any concerns you may have.
As an organization, we will continue to monitor the public health situation closely and will make adjustments as needed; however, we stress the importance of taking precautions such as:
- KEEP CALM AND WASH THOSE PALMS! (and the rest of your hands, of course.) Wash your hands often and thoroughly, for 20 seconds with soap and warm water. Turn off the water faucet with a towel.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. As an employee, your health and safety are important. If you have symptoms of a contagious illness/fever, please stay home to care for yourself and to avoid infecting others. Campbell County offers ample leave time which may be applied to cover ill-ness related absences. Please refer to Chapter 6 of the Employee Handbook for guidance on the County’s leave policy. Any crucial work-from-home scenarios would need to be directed, coordinated, and approved accordingly by department leaders.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue or your sleeve, not your hands.
- Always dispose of used tissues in a waste can.
- Avoid touching your face. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Review the attached Checklist for Families, provided by the Virginia Department of Health for ways you can keep your family safe during this time.
County officials also remind staff, residents and visitors to sign-up for CodeRED notifications to receive important local health and safety information.