Systemwide Coronavirus Update for March 9, 2020

Learning centers closed: As a precautionary measure, we have closed the Wanapum Heritage Center and the Grant PUD Visitor's Center at the Hydro Office Building to public access indefinitely.

Virtual commission meetings: Also, Grant PUD commission meetings will be conducted virtually. The meeting on March 10 can be accessed by calling 509-703-5291 and using conference ID 868 615 52#.

Some coworkers restricted: Effective yesterday, Grant PUD employees who are in the following categories will not report to their work locations and will be assigned work from home or placed on paid administrative leave.

• People 60 and older
• People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, respiratory illness and diabetes
• People who have weakened immune systems
• People who are pregnant

Requirements for paid administrative leave:

1. Employees on leave will receive their full regular-time pay and benefits.

2. Upon immediate notice by their supervisor, employees on leave must be available to be called back to their work locations during normal working hours.

3. Employees on administrative leave must use their personal leave if they are not available to be called back to their work locations.

Timecards: Employees who have been told to not report to their normal work location are still responsible to complete a timecard. All employees who have have remote access to their timecards through MyHR - https://grantpud.org/myhr - should complete their timecards. Employees who do not use MyHR for a timecard and who do not have remote access should work with their supervisors on how best to complete a timecard.

Travel restriction: All unnecessary district travel should be canceled or postponed until further notice. Unnecessary travel would include travel for business that can be conducted electronically, can be postponed, or is not critical to our core business operations.

Use Microsoft Teams and conference calling as much as possible: Be prudent by utilizing the resources we have available to limit the amount of exposure and travel you need to communicate with coworkers.

Dedicated email for supervisors: Questions and concerns specific to Coronavirus not addressed in our internal communication platforms should be communicated from supervisors to the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Responses to emails will be made in order of importance.)

Practice good hygiene: We urge employees to follow the instructions from the Centers for Disease Control, which includes:

  • Limit close contact with others including touching and shaking hands.
  • Stay at least six feet away from someone who is coughing or sneezing and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the Centers for Disease Control's recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.