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COVID-19 Resources

May 20, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Information

(last updated on May 20, 2020)

During these challenging times, it is important that you stay informed of the latest information.  The links below are provided as a consolidated location for information and guidance.  

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FEMA Cloth Mask Requests

FEMA has provided washable, reusable free cloth face masks to Water & Wastewater purveyors in Virginia. Although FEMA provided these masks without cost, VA WARN has made special arrangements for shipping them to each utility. USEPA and AWWA National were instrumental in obtaining the masks through FEMA. 

The masks are allocated at a rate of 5 face masks per employee.  Each mask can be washed up to 15 times. 

If you have NOT already requested reusable, cloth masks through the WARN program, please submit your request here: https://forms.gle/kRjYoGjVeWtUptAs5

Once your request has been received, masks will be mailed out within 5 business days. 

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NEW! (added on May 20, 2020)

Forward Virginia Guidelines - https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia/

EPA Guidance for Maintaining or Restoring Water Quality - https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/information-maintaining-or-restoring-water-quality-buildings-low-or-no-use 

Building Flushing Guidance provided by Hampton Roads Planning District Commission - Download here

Sample Travel Policy (WVWA) - Download here

Sample SOP for Wearing Cloth Masks - Download here

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AWWA https://www.awwa.org/Resources-Tools/Resource-Topics/Coronavirus

Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/

Environmental Protection Agency - https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus

EPA Pandemic Consideration Checklist for Waterworks -http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/14/2020/03/EPA-Pandemic-Considerations-Checklist-for-Waterworks-Owners_3.27.20.pdf

Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation - https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections

Occupational Safety and Health Agencyhttps://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf 

Virginia Department of Health http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/
Office of Drinking Water 
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/covid-19/

Virginia Hospital Dashboard - https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/

Virginia Risk Sharing Association - https://www.vrsa.us/resources/pandemic-preparedness/

WEFhttps://wef.org/news-hub/current-priorities/coronavirus/

White House https://www.coronavirus.gov/

World Health Organization https://www.who.int/

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Potential Suppliers list - Download here

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Economic Impact

The Financial Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on US Drinking Water Utilities - Download here

USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Resources - Download here

FEMA Financial Assistance for Local, State, Tribal and Non-Profits - https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit

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Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

EPA Template for Essential Workers

Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response

Sample Credentialing letter

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Continuity of Operations Plan 

For Water Utilities - Download PDF          Download Word Document

For Drinking Water and Wastewater Laboratories - https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-08/documents/coop_template_instructions.pdf

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Resources for items you can "make on your own"

Hand Sanitizer https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Guide_to_Local_Production.pdf

Disinfecting Wipes -  https://www.clorox.com/how-to/disinfecting-sanitizing/cold-flu-other-diseases/how-to-make-your-own-disinfecting-solution/

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Safety Suggestions and Resources

COVID-19 List of Helpful OSHA and related Federal Agencies links - Download here

Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or COVID-19 - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html

Online FEMA/NIMS Training - https://training.fema.gov/nims/

Chemical Dangers - Mixing of Bleach with other products
https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/HealthyHome/Contaminants/BleachMixingDangers

Proper Donning and Removing PPE - https://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/ppe/ppe-sequence.pdf 

Proper method for Donning and Removing Gloves
https://www.globus.co.uk/how-to-safely-remove-disposable-gloves

Proper method for Donning and Removing Gloves - Printable Poster
https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/poster-how-to-remove-gloves.pdf

Moral & Welfare Poster - Download PDF

Sample Threat Checklist (provided by Virginia Beach) - Download here

Safety Tips (provided by City of Roanoke Police Department) - Download here

Confidential Business Security Survey (provided by City of Roanoke Police Department) - Download here

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Workplace/HR Resources

FAQs for Employers during COVID-19https://www.fisherphillips.com/faqs

Employee Notification of Positive Test - Download PDF      Download Word Document

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Operator Licensing and Continuing Education Credits

DPOR Information and Resources - http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/COVID-19/

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Returning service after prolonged shutdown

CDChttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html

Reduce Legionella Growth Toolkithttps://www.cdc.gov/legionella/wmp/toolkit/index.html

ESPRI and AH Environmental Consultants - https://esprinstitute.org/coronavirus-building-flushing-guidance/

Association of State Drinking Water Administrators Links and Resources -  https://www.asdwa.org/2020/04/13/covid-19-resources-for-building-water-systems/

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Other Informational Resources

Laboratory Finderhttps://dgs.virginia.gov/division-of-consolidated-laboratory-services/certification-accreditation/find-a-lab/

3D Model of How a Cough Spreadshttps://youtu.be/WZSKoNGTR6Q

Public Water Operational Considerations during COVID-19 - Download here

COVID-19 Testing in City Sewage - Research project -  https://www.biobot.io/covid19

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) information 

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Contact information for more information

VA WARN Co-Chair |  Ike Eisenhart - ike.eisenhart@ironhart-consulting.com

VA WARN Co-Chair  |  Mike Lynn - mlynn@serviceauthority.org

VA WARN Vice-Chair  |  Scott Shirley - stephen.shirley@westernvawater.org

Guest Speakers

VRSA  |  Eddie Shelton - eshelton@vrsa.us

VDH - ODW | Barry Matthews - barry.matthews@vdh.virginia.gov

City of Roanoke Police | Ofc Josh Johnson - joshua.johnson@roanokeva.gov

 

VA WARN Associates

Virginia Water Environment Association American Water Works Association - Virginia Section