Covid-19 Procedures & Information
As professionals in the service delivery field, Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center (MASCEC) take the health and safety of our employees, clients and visitors/vendors very seriously. With the spread of COVID-19, it is imperative to remain vigilant in mitigating the outbreak.
In order to be safe, this plan outlines the guidelines that MASCEC will follow to reopen operations and thus this COVID-19 Exposure, Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan has been developed. Of course, the continuation and monitoring of the related guidance that CDC and OSHA provides will also be utilized to revise this plan when necessary.
For our purposes:
- Responsibilities of Employer/Manager/Supervisor – Management must set a good example by following this Plan at all times. This involves practicing good personal hygiene, office safety practices and Management must display and encourage this same behavior from all employees.
- Responsibilities of Employees – This plan is asking every one of our employees to help with our prevention efforts while at work. As set forth below, MASCEC has instituted various housekeeping, social distancing, and other best practices while at work regardless of where the person is working. In addition to following best practices, employees are expected to report to their supervisor and/or to the President of MASCEC if they are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, as described below:
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
- Early symptoms such as chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.
If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, DO NOT COME TO WORK and call your healthcare provider and supervisor right away. Do the same thing if you come into close contact with someone showing these symptoms.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol (we have provided ample supplies of each).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Follow appropriate respiratory etiquette, which includes covering all coughs and sneezes (preferably not in your hands).
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick (in all cases the 6-foot rule whenever possible).
- Familiarize yourself with COVID-19 symptoms
- Protective Measures in the Workplace – the following protective measures are for the workplace.
- General Safety Policies and Rules
- Any employee/contractor/visitor/client showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to leave the workplace and return home.
- All in-person meetings will be limited. To the extent possible, meetings will be conducted by telephone or tele-health conference. During any in-person meetings, avoid gathering in groups of more than 5 people and participants must remain at least six (6) feet apart.
- Employees must avoid physical contact with others and shall direct others (coworkers/contractors/visitors/clients) to increase personal space to at least six (6) feet, where possible).
- Employees will be encouraged to stagger breaks and lunches, if practicable, to reduce the size of any group at any one time to less than five (5) people.
- Access to running water and soap for hand washing as well as disinfecting wipes will be available in all restrooms. In addition, alcohol-based hand sanitizers and/or wipes are available for use in individual offices/workspaces will be provided (unless they are not available for purchase).
- Employees should limit the use of co-worker’s office supplies and equipment. To the extent these must be shared, alcohol-based wipes should be used to clean them before and after use.
- Employees will be cross-trained where possible so that projects can continue working effectively in the event that an individual/s is required to quarantine.
- In lieu of using a common source of drinking water, such as a cooler, employees should use individual water bottles.
- Contractors/visitors entering Building
- The number of visitors to the office, will be limited to only those necessaryfor work duties.
- All visitors will be screened in advance of arriving. If the visitor answers “yes” to any of the following questions, he/she should not be permitted to access the office:
- General Safety Policies and Rules
- Have you been confirmed positive for COVID-19?
- Are you currently experiencing, or recently experienced, any acute respiratory illness symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
- Have you been in close contact with any persons who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19?
- Have you been in close contact with any persons who have traveled and are also exhibiting acute respiratory illness symptoms
As per protocol, site deliveries will be permitted. As always, properly coordinated in line with the social distancing protocols.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Work Practice Controls
- In addition to regular PPE for workers engaged in various tasks, Disposable Face Masks and Gloves will be provided.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Work Practice Controls
- Workplace Cleaning and Disinfecting
Regular housekeeping practices, which include cleaning and disinfecting frequently used areas and equipment and other elements of the work environment, where possible, will continue as already instituted. Employees should regularly do the same and maintain these practices within their assigned work areas.
- The break/lunchroom area will be cleaned on a regular basis.
- Any trash collected from the office will be changed regularly by someone wearing PPE.
- The use of any disinfection shall be conducted using one of the following:
- Common EPA-registered household disinfectant;
- Alcohol solution with at least 60% alcohol; or
- Diluted household bleach solutions (if appropriate for the surface).
- Workplace Exposure Situations
Employee Exhibits COVID-19 Symptoms – If an employee exhibits COVID-19 symptom(s), the employee must remain at home until he or she is symptom-free for 72 hours (3 full days), without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants). Similarly it is required of an employee who reports to work with symptoms to return home until he or she is symptom free for 72 hours (3 full days).
Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19 – An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 will be directed to self-quarantine away from work. Employees that test positive and are symptom free may return to work when at least seven (7) days have passed since the date of his or her first positive test, and have not had a subsequent illness. Employees who test positive and are directed to care for themselves at home may return to work when: (1) at least 72 hours (3 full days) have passed since recovery; and (2) at least seven 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Employees who test positive and have been hospitalized may return to work when directed to do so by their medical care providers. The employee will be required to provide documentation clearing his or her return to work.
Employee Has Close Contact with an Individual Who Has Tested Positive for COVID-19 – If such is the case, employee will be directed to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that individual. Close contact is defined as six (6) feet for a prolonged period of time.
If it is learned by management or supervisor or other employee that an employee has tested positive, that manager or supervisor will conduct an investigation to determine co-workers who may have had close contact with the employee in the prior 14 days and direct those individuals to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that employee. If applicable, any sub-contractors, vendors/suppliers or visitors who may have had close contact with the confirmed-positive employee will be notified. If an employee learns that he or she has come into close contact with a confirmed positive individual outside of the workplace, he/she must alert his/her manager or supervisor and self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that individual.
- Confidentiality/Privacy– Except for circumstances in which it is legally required to report workplace occurrences of communicable disease, as always, the confidentiality of all medical conditions will be maintained in accordance with applicable law and to the extent practical under the circumstances. When it is required, the number of persons who will be informed will be kept to the minimum needed to comply with reporting requirements while limiting the potential for transmission to others. The owner reserves the right to inform other employees that an unnamed co-worker has been diagnosed with COVID-19 if the other employees might have been exposed, so the employees may take proper measures to protect their own health. The owner also reserves the right to inform sub-contractors, vendors/suppliers or visitors that an unnamed employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 if they might have been exposed, so those individuals likewise may take measures to protect their own health.
- General Questions– Given the fast-developing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, this Plan may be modified on a case by case basis as needed.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and resulting economic stress of families and individuals, Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center’s on-going Food Giveaway Program has seen a dramatic increase in demand. Food Giveaways are being conducted in Pennsville and Woodbury, New Jersey serving 400-500 families and individuals on a weekly basis. In addition, at the request of VA Medical we are making home food deliveries to Disabled Veterans in Salem, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Food donations are being made by Philabundance and Sysco Foods to us but due to overwhelming demand we find that we must purchase additional food in order to fill the food bags. In addition to purchasing food, packing costs are rising as we must follow CDC Guidelines for Distribution and our efforts are being severely challenged.
We are reaching out to businesses and individuals to make cash donations to assist us in meeting this urgent need. Your donation is fully tax deductible and should be designated “Food”. Donations should be sent to the attention of Glen Donelson, Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center, 111 South Broadway, Pennsville, New Jersey 08070. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jeff Truax at 609-517-4609 or Glen Donelson at 856-514-2139 (work) or 609-202-9827 (cell).
Thank you for your interest and we desperately need to hear from you with your donation.
God Bless and stay Safe!!
MID-ATLANTIC STATES CAREER
AND EDUCATION CENTER FOOD PANTRY
Food Distribution Services in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
At a Glance:
DISABLED VETERANS – SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY: “Meals of Honor,” food delivery for disabled Veterans in Salem, Cumberland and Atlantic counties through a request from the VA Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware. Pre-pack bags are delivered to pre-registered disabled veterans.
SALEM COUNTY SENIORS: Mid-Atlantic will begin delivering bag foods every other week to seniors/disabled who are registered for the Congregate Program located in Pittsgrove, NJ.
PENNSVILLE: Tuesdays, beginning at 11:30 a.m. (times subject to change; please check Facebook) at the Mid-Atlantic States Training Center, 375 S. Broadway, Pennsville, NJ; Drive-Thru format – pre-packed bags will be provided.
Additional days of giveaways will be announced as products are received. These dates and times will be posted daily on our Facebook page.
WOODBURY: Thursdays, beginning at 2:30 p.m. (times subject to change; please check Facebook) at the Woodbury FFA at 28 Harrison St., Woodbury. Drive-Thru format – pre-packed bags will be provided for car drive through and also for walkers. Check Facebook for details.
FOR INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE MID-ATLANTIC STATES FOOD PROGRAMS,
PLEASE CALL 856-514-2200 or visit www.wegrowpeople.org
DONATIONS ARE NEEDED AND ALWAYS WELCOME!
Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center sends a special thank you to the following:
U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, NJ Second Dist.
NJ Sen. Stephen M. Sweeney
NJ Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli
Sysco, South Jersey Food Bank
Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center Rallies to the Call For Food During COVID-19 Pandemic, Assisting Disabled Vets and Senior Citizens
Amid the fear and uncertainty that is currently facing our community, Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center has stepped up to make sure those in need have dinner on the table.
In the weeks since this pandemic was announced, Mid-Atlantic’s Food Pantry has seen an exponential increase in South Jersey residents in need of food. To relay this need, Mid-Atlantic President and CEO Glen Donelson has been in daily contact with local representatives, including U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, NJ Second Dist., NJ Sen. Stephen M. Sweeney and NJ Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli.
In addition to maintaining its commitment to weekly, and now daily, food distribution for the general public, Mid-Atlantic is focusing efforts on the most vulnerable populations, particularly disabled veterans and senior citizens.
After being contacted by the VA medical group out of Wilmington, Del. which is the jurisdictional headquarters for veterans in South Jersey, Mid-Atlantic partnered to create “Meals with Honor,” a new food delivery service that provides for disable veterans in Salem, Cumberland and Atlantic counties.
Mid-Atlantic Transportation Specialist Dave Owens has been delivering these meals to veterans. In fact, Dave has been voluntarily making these runs as non-essential transportation services have been suspended. He said that in this time of isolation, he didn’t like to think of disabled veterans being left out; he said he is honored to be able to provide this service in this time of uncertainty.
“You can see the gratitude in their eyes,” Dave said. “Veterans can’t be forgotten. They need to be the first to be remembered.”
Senior citizens also need to be remembered first during these times. Mid-Atlantic States delivers normally delivers a Congregate Nutrition program in conjunction with the Salem County Office on Aging. Since gatherings of more than 10 people has been prohibited, the program is currently halted. However, Mid-Atlantic will begin delivering food to seniors currently enrolled in the program to make sure that their nutritional needs are met.