To all of our Constituents regarding COVID-19
Updated March 30
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 are continuing to 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.
While things are unsettled, we encourage you to not to delay your application for future programs that interest you.
Here is what we are doing to responsibly move our programs and mission forward.
Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps staff are on the job moving our operations forward, working from our homes except for a small team of Operations staff maintaining our Eugene headquarters facilities. All of our Operations Team members are practicing safe distancing and are working to keep our facilities virus free through recommended sanitation methods. Please note that we have also implemented rolling, temporary staff layoffs in order to financially sustain our organization during a time where we cannot put crews into the field. All staff will retain their benefits and status, and workloads will be distributed to assure uninterrupted services as we work through these uncertain times.
Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps Interns are successfully continuing their assignments by practicing appropriate work distancing practices in accordance with both our agency partner protocols and our physician advisor’s requirements. New internships are starting only on a case-by-case basis, where the member can safely follow all “Stay home, stay safe” protocols as established by the Governors of Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
We successfully exited/graduated two successful, healthy crews on Friday March 20. We are currently pausing any new crew deployments through April 24th as we work with our physician advisor to modify our field protocols to:
- Medically screen, evaluate and on board staff and members safely
- Develop additional protocols to assure appropriate hygiene, cooking, tenting and working practices in the field
- Develop appropriate separation of our healthy crews from any outside contact in the last two weeks of the program to assure successful and healthy exiting for our crew members as they return from the field.
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:
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/
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare - https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/