Chickaloon Village Traditional Council (CVTC)’s Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Update Effective 05/15/2020
While some businesses are beginning to reopen across the state on a restricted basis, with our close proximity to Anchorage and commuters traveling between communities, our community has a potential increased risk of exposure. For the protection of our Elders and medically fragile community members, CVTC is taking a conservative “wait and see” approach to determine if cases remain low with restrictions easing; therefore, CVTC offices will remain closed until further notice. There is usually one staff member working in our Administrative Office answering phones. Staff are still working from home, and reachable via email if you require assistance.
CVTC has suspended the Thursday Elders’ Lunch Gathering through the month of May, but possibly further into the summer as well.
CVTC will still be providing home-delivered meals to Elders in their home every two weeks using “zero contact procedures.”
CVTC encourages sick staff members to stay home:
- Staff members 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 [37.8° C] 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). Staff members should notify their supervisor by phone or text, and stay home if they are sick.
- We will not require a healthcare provider’s note for staff members who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
CVTC reminds staff members to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently. Antibacterial hand sanitizer is to be used at the discretion of the staff member.
Staff members should always cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
Masks should be worn by CVTC staff members while in the course of duties requiring contact with the public.
CVTC reminds staff members to perform routine environmental cleaning including:
- Routinely cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, keyboards, countertops, and doorknobs.
- Routine cleaning of vehicles should be performed.
- Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
CVTC advises to reduce non-emergent travel at this time until further notice. We further advise staff members to:
Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:
- Staff Members 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 how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
- If a staff member is confirmed to have COVID-19, CVTC Administration will inform fellow staff members of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Staff members exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
If you have any additional questions, please call Brandy O’Malley or Lisa Wade at 745-0749.
CDC GUIDANCE – ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
- COVID-19 Website
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19pdf icon
- What to Do If You Are Sick With COVID-19pdf icon
- Interim US Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Exposure in Travel-associated or Community Settings
- Health Alert Network
- Travelers’ Health Website
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Small Business International Travel Resource Travel Plannerpdf icon
Tsin’aen (Thank you),