To all of our Constituents regarding COVID-19
Updated May 27
The health and well-being of our Members, Staff, and the Communities we serve is paramount, and we take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously. We regularly monitor the spread and impact of this virus in the United States, and particularly in the region in which Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps operates. We are learning more every day, and using that knowledge to inform our program operations.
We are currently experiencing a much higher than usual interest in our programs, so we encourage those interested in serving not to delay your application for future programs that interest you.
After an almost three month pause, we are beginning to move forward with summer operations. Here is what we are doing:
While we have been working from our homes except for a small team of Operations staff maintaining our Eugene headquarters facilities for most of the spring, we are now beginning to ramp up for summer operations, with Crew Leader training beginning May 22nd. Under the supervision of our Operations Team, some Eugene staff are now cautiously utilizing our headquarters facility on a case by case basis, under strict protocols for safety and hygiene (including distancing and utilizing PPE).
COVID-19 Operations Protocols:
Our senior program team, Northwest Youth Corps’ Physician Advisor Greg Moore; Dave McEvoy of Aerie Backcountry Medicine and Steve Smith of Experiential Consulting collaborated to create protocols for operating our programs in a COVID-19 environment, which are serving as a model for Corps around the country. We are also working closely with our agency partners in building our plans for crew deployments, and are staying in close touch with the larger Conservation Corps community.
Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps Interns are successfully continuing their assignments by telecommuting or practicing appropriate work distancing practices in accordance with both our agency partner protocols and our physician advisor’s requirements. New internships placements are increasing, and as “Shelter in Place” Civil Orders from state governors begin phased transitions to a more open social gathering and workplaces, more members are also beginning to serve at the hosting agency worksite, following workplace distancing and all other safety protocols of the hosting agency.
We want you to know that:
- We are continuing to pay very close attention to this situation. This is a remarkably fluid situation. We have a team continually monitoring the situation, often meeting daily, and creating flexible contingencies to meet this new challenge.
- We are working in regular consultation with our Physician Advisor Dr. Greg Moore as well as being guided by federal/state/regional/local health resources to make sure that we have effective protocols in place to successfully run our programs.
- We want to hear from you with any questions and concerns.
Please see the following resources for further information:
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare - https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/
Oregon Health Authority - https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/emerging-respiratory-infections.aspx
Washington Department of Health - https://www.doh.wa.gov/