COVID-19

With the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, many of our crew members and employees are wondering what is going to happen. The fact is, we will likely not have advanced warning if operations shut down. HOWEVER, at this time, we are still reporting for work and going out. We want our participants and employees to have the best information possible and to be able to be as safe as possible at all times. Safety includes your mental health as well. Before we get into hygiene, let's put mental health right at the top of the list.

Disruption of Daily Life

All our lives are in a bit of disarray right now and that is not unexpected. Times like this can have an adverse effect on our mental health, or become a trigger and undue rationalization for interrupting recovery. There are now online resources for accessing support for AA and NA as well as mental health crises. Please, if you need assistance with mental health or substance abuse, reach out for help! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

If you are having suicidal thoughts or are feeling like you want to imminently hurt or kill yourself - CALL 9-1-1. Other resources include:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Alcoholics Anonymous Online Intergroup

Narcotics Anonymous
Online Meetings Search

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

You can also reach out to your supervisors and existing counselors and therapists. You don't have to deal with this alone, nor should you!

Hygiene

  • Please practice good hygiene including washing your hands for at 20 seconds as often as possible.

  • Shower at least once a day, preferably after work, and do laundry as often as you can.

  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Note that hand sanitizer is not a substitute for washing your hands with soap and water; it is only good to use when soap and water are not available.

When You Must Leave Your Home

  • Please limit your exposure to others outside of work.

  • Practice social distancing (spacing of at least 6 feet between others).

  • Go out only when absolutely necessary; otherwise, please stay home.

  • If you go to the store or other essential places, ensure you don't touch your face after you touch other surfaces. WASH YOUR HANDS as soon as you get home.

If You Become Sick

  • If you are sick - STAY HOME and DO NOT report to work! This cannot be stressed enough!

  • If you are not sure - STAY HOME and DO NOT report to work!

  • Call your supervisor and call off sick.

  • If you have a fever and/or other symptoms, consider seeking medical assistance and otherwise, STAY HOME.

  • Do not return to work without medical clearance.

We know this is a stressful time for everyone so please know, if you are not comfortable coming to work, we completely understand. There will be no penalties for not coming to work. However, if you are on a crew and scheduled, you need to let us know you wish to remain at home. This is especially applicable to those 65 years of age or older and those with other health issues.