To all of our Constituents regarding COVID-19
Updated July 30th, 2021
Even as conditions of the pandemic are improving, COVID-19 continues to be a management priority, assuring we do everything possible to maintain the good health and well-being of our Members, Staff, and the Communities we serve. We are regularly monitoring upticks/changes in COVID infections in our states of operation and evaluating that data regularly.
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 a set of protocols for operating our programs in a COVID-19 environment, which have served as a model for Corps around the country.
Northwest Youth Corps’ COVID-19 Operations Protocols are a living document and are continually updated as we learn more about managing hygiene and safety in the Coronavirus world. Take a look at our current protocols here.
Our COVID-19 Task Force meets weekly to evaluate progress and concerns, and regularly interacts with senior leadership of our agency partners and other Conservation Corps to assess our progress and to learn from our community of practice nationwide. We remain alert to increases of infection and variants that are occurring throughout the country.
Utilizing our Eugene Headquarters:
While many staff are either in the field or working from home, we are utilizing our Eugene Campus to a far greater extent, under strict protocols for safety and hygiene (including distancing and utilizing PPE), supervised by our Operations Team. The COVID Task Force has completed protocols for fully reoccupying our facility in mid-September 2021. Rentals and/or public access to the Campus will remain extremely limited.
We currently have youth and young adult crews active across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. 7 spring crews finished their sessions without issue and we have had no COVID infections throughout the 51+ crews we fielded in three states since spring 2020.
Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps Interns are successfully continuing their assignments by practicing appropriate work covid management practices in accordance with both our agency partner protocols and our physician advisor’s requirements.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.