To all of our Constituents regarding COVID-19
Updated April 16th, 2021
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 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. A team is currently reviewing and revising our protocols after evaluating our successful field season. 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 that are occurring throughout the country this late autumn.
Utilizing our Eugene Headquarters:
Although the majority of our staff works from their homes, certain staff utilize our Eugene campus facilities for administrative and program operations needs. This is happening under strict protocols for safety and hygiene (including distancing and utilizing PPE), supervised by our Operations Team. The COVID Task Force is currently drafting protocols for potentially scheduling more regular use of the facility in early 2021.
We currently have 5 spring crews active in the field. Our winter crews have finished their sessions without issue and we have had no COVID infections throughout the 44+ crews we fielded in three states since spring 2020.
Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps Interns are successfully continuing their winter assignments by telecommuting or practicing appropriate work distancing 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.