During this time of rapidly changing information on the Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19), SCAG is implementing some precautionary changes to the way we do business in the coming week and possibly longer. Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, board and partners, and we are taking every measure to help decrease the spread of COVID-19.
As the outbreak evolves into a global health concern, we are preparing for a potential need to transition to working and operating remotely. All SCAG staff will be teleworking from Monday to Wednesday of next week (March 16-18), which will allow us to pilot our practices and make adjustments as needed. We are fully equipped to continue to carry on our operations in a remote work environment.
Things to know:
- SCAG’s regular business activities will continue as normal.
- Email and phone communication will be the best way to contact SCAG staff during our remote work pilot. Meetings will be facilitated using conference calls or Zoom.
- SCAG will not be hosting any large-group meetings until further notice; any current bookings will be honored unless circumstances change.
- For the General Assembly and other SCAG-sponsored large gatherings, we are actively monitoring if we need to change any plans and will share updates.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and follow guidance from local, state and federal health agencies. Note that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as Novel Coronavirus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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.