COVID 19 INFORMATION

COVID 19 INFORMATION

COVID 19 INFORMATION - As the situation changes and new information released by our state and local governments updates will be added.

 

April 3, 2020

Currently it is our understanding that all Washington State Parks and Department of Natural Resources land and facilities including parks, parking lots, trailheads and trails are closed to the public.  This is at the Direction of the governor and is intended to reduce the spread of the COVID 19 virus through person-to-person contact.  Also, City of Sequim parks and Clallam County parks are closed to use.  Portions of the ODT and Adventure trail that is on state land are closed to use.
 
The following is the press release from DNR Commissioner Franz on March 30, 2020:
dnr-commisioner-press-03_30_2020.pdf
 
The following information is from the Washington State Parks website:

 

"NOVEL CORONAVIRUS – COVID 19 UPDATE

Update as of March 24, 2020

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water access areas for at least two weeks starting Wednesday, March 25. The closure is in response to Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued yesterday.

Entrance gates and facilities will be closed, and on-site public services will be suspended. Essential staff will be present to preserve and protect resources.

Camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed recreation lands will remain closed through April 30.

The public can find the latest information about State Parks on this page and WDFW operations on the WDFW website.

State land officials and staff appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation in this unprecedented time"

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 April 4 Update

Governor Inslee has extended the Stay-at-Home criteria until May 4, 2020.

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April 5 Update

"WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
http://wdfw.wa.gov/

April 3, 2020

Contacts

State lands closure extended to May 4

In accordance with the governor's extension of the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, all state lands will continue to be closed to the public through May 4.

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today the extended closure of state lands to the public through May 4. The closure coincides with the extension of Gov. Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.

This action is a continuation of the state's efforts to protect residents by stemming the spread of the coronavirus. This extension will apply to all camping on state lands, boat launches and water access sites, wildlife areas, and day-use recreation areas.

"The decision to extend the closure of public lands was an extremely difficult one. I share the sense of disconnection and loss that we are all feeling by not being able to be out in nature," said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, the elected official who leads DNR. "Our trails, campgrounds, and outdoor spaces are core to who we are in the Washington, but this temporary sacrifice is necessary to turn the tide and protect our loved ones and neighbors. We have the responsibility to do what we must to save as many lives as possible."

WDFW Director Kelly Susewind added, "We know many Washingtonians find great solace in spending time on the water or in the wilderness, and we are taking these painful steps only because of the urgent need to protect the health and well-being of our neighbors and communities."

WDFW anticipates additional fishing and hunting season announcements on Monday, April 6. Updates will be shared at wdfw.wa.gov.

"We understand and appreciate the hardship the park's closure has on the outdoor-recreating public," said Parks Director Don Hoch. "Most of our staff work for Parks because of their passion for the outdoors, and many of them have had to be reassigned to indoor work during this crisis. We all need to do whatever we can to help contain the spread of this virus. That means postponing a trip to a state park and staying home and staying healthy."

Campers who have state parks reservations through May 4 will be notified and offered a full refund. Visitors can find the latest information about State Park operations at parks.state.wa.us/COVID19.

People should continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene when outdoors and continue to stay as close to home as possible. DNR, WDFW, and Parks will continue to monitor this issue and will keep the public informed of the latest updates.

About DNR Recreation
Led by the Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, DNR manages 1,200 miles of trails and 160-plus recreation sites in 3 million acres of working forest state trust lands and 92 natural areas. DNR trust lands keep forests development-free, provide clean water, and generate revenue for public services and school construction. For recreation updates visit https://www.dnr.wa.gov/recreation. See additional DNR operational notices related to COVID-19 by following this link: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/slider.

About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural, and historic resources. State Parks' statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety, and winter recreation.

About WDFW
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife actively manages about one million acres of land, with 33 wildlife areas and nearly 500 water access sites around the state. These public lands help sustain wildlife habitat and public recreation opportunities for current and future generations. WDFW is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting, and perpetuating fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities. For updates on WDFW closures and restrictions during the COVID-19 response, visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/covid-19-updates"

 

April 5 Update

Post 1

 

Back Country Horsemen of Washington Guidance for Working while the Corona Virus is a Concern

1. BACKGROUND

  1. This Backcountry Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) plan is an extract from the Washington state website on this topic. This plan includes policies regarding the following control measures: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) utilization; on-site social distancing; hygiene; sanitation; symptom monitoring; incident reporting; site decontamination procedures; tailgate safety briefing; exposure response procedures; and a post-exposure incident project wide recovery plan.

  2. Adhere to the requirements of this guideline as long as Washington State Government restrictive measures for the Corona virus are in place. If those restrictions are lifted, adherence to the requirements in this document is no longer mandatory.

  3. Consider closure of trails while they are being worked to minimize contact with unmonitored trail users. The agreement to close trails is most expediently accomplished in the planning phase, when BCHW is meeting with land managers to discuss the project.

2. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. The Trail Work Leader shall appoint a site-specific Corona Virus supervisor at every job site. This supervisor is to monitor the health of volunteers and enforce the Corona Virus job site safety plan. A designated Corona Virus Supervisor must be present at all times during work activities, except where 6 or fewer people are involved.

  2. Thisdocumentshallbereviewedateachtrailheadsafetybriefingandpostedatbasecamp.

3. DISTANCING

  1. Maintain at least 6 feet of spacing at all times unless workers are from the same household. Infrequent intermittent passing within 6 feet is allowed between personnel if both are wearing respiratory protection.

  2. Gatherings of any size must be precluded by taking breaks and lunch in shifts. Any time two or more persons must meet, ensure minimum 6 feet of separation.

  3. Workers may go to a central point one-at-a-time to drop off or pick up items that transfer between workers.

  4. Meetings with workers are limited as per state mandates currently in effect regarding meetings. All meeting attendees are to maintain 6 foot spacing.

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4. PERSONNEL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

  1. Each volunteer must provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks as appropriate, or required, for the activity being performed.

  2. Masks, must be worn at all times by every volunteer on the worksite, in the food areas, and common meeting areas. Masks may be removed by personnel if outside gathering areas, and no closer than 20 feet from others. The requirement to wear masks does not apply to personnel retiring within their own place of residence (e.g. camper/living Quarters) at the camping site.

  3. Eye protection (goggles/face shields) must be worn at all times by every volunteer while on the worksite and within 20 feet of others..

  4. Gloves must be worn at all times by every volunteer while on the worksite. The type of glove worn should be appropriate to the task. If gloves are not typically required for the task, then any type of glove is acceptable, including disposable latex gloves.

  5. If appropriate PPE cannot be provided for each individual at a work site, individuals without appropriate PPE must leave, or the worksite must be shut down.

5. CLEANING

  1. The work party leader shall assign cleaning duties to specific individuals who shall be responsible for the following.

  2. Disinfect high touch surfaces. Bleach solutions or an EPA approved disinfectant must be used to make sure this is effective. (See the list of approved disinfectants at https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-againstsars-cov. There are 392 products on this website. Research the ones to be used to ensure they meet this standard and are registered as effective against the Corona Virus. These disinfectants are to be used on surfaces, NOT humans.

  3. Workers must sanitize their hands and/or gloves after touching any surface/tool suspected of being contaminated, before and after eating and using the restroom, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose, and before touching their face. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol can be used.

6. SICK VOLUNTEER AND POST- VOLUNTEER ILLNESS PROCEDURES

  1. Encourage workers to stay home or leave the worksite when feeling sick or when they have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case. If they develop symptoms of acute respiratory illness, they must seek medical attention and inform the BCHW Trail Work Leader.

  2. Volunteers that have a sick family member at home with Corona Virus shall stay home and not participate in the volunteer work activities.

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6. SICK VOLUNTEER AND POST- VOLUNTEER ILLNESS PROCEDURES (cont)

c. Screen all workers at the beginning of their shift by asking them if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, or new loss of taste or smell.

  1. Thermometers shall only be used by those suspecting illness. The suspect shall take their own temperature using a ‘no touch’ or ‘no contact’ to the greatest extent possible. The thermometer used must be properly sanitized between each use. Any worker with a temperature of 100.4°F or higher is considered to have a fever and must be sent home.

  2. Perform a deep cleaning after any worker reporting a suspected or confirmed case of Corona Virus leaves the workplace.

  3. Thoroughly clean areas where the worker worked or would have stayed more than 10 minutes. • Wipe all accessible surfaces • Clean up any visible soiling including any smears or streaks. • Sanitize common touch surfaces in the vicinity. Do not allow other workers into these areas until the cleaning is complete.

  4. Engineeringcontrols,suchasbarriers,canbeestablishedandmaintainedtoprovidean effective distancing of volunteer when it is not feasible to fully separate them.

    If a volunteer worker becomes sick, provide them with accommodations that are separate from others. - A separate building or room if available, or use barriers or distance to separate them from others. - Provide separate food and bathroom access. Arrangement for medical access. - Telemedicine resources should be utilized first to determine appropriate care. - Provide for transportation, if necessary, in a manner that does not expose others. - BCHW Work Leaders or other supervision in the work party needs to consult with a physician or public health authority to monitor the situation and provide guidance on treatment and continued housing of all workers. Use the Emergency Action Plan portion of the emergency plans for this communication.

    Approved by BCHW Safety Committee 2 May 2020

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Post 2

BCHW CORONAVIRUS SAFETY PLAN

Each worksite must have a designated coronavirus supervisor present. Discuss this plan in tailgate safety briefings.

  1. Social distancing of at least 6 feet of separation must be maintained whenever possible, including breaks. Volunteers from the same household need not observe this 6 foot separation mandate.

  2. PPE including masks and eye protection must be worn when working.

  3. Volunteers should sanitize their hands regularly, before and after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol.

  4. Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces on tools, machines, vehicles and other equipment.

  5. All participants must be interviewed daily and answer these questions in the negative: Do you have a fever?Do you have cough?

    Do you have shortness of breath?

    Do you have fatigue?

    Do you have muscle aches?

    Do you have new loss of taste or smell?

  6. Anyone showing the above coronavirus symptoms must take their own temperature. If their temperature exceeds 100.4F they must notify the coronavirus Supervisor. Anyone exceeding 100.4F may be re-checked after sitting alone for 5 minutes.

  7. Anyone exceeding 100.4F on the re-check must not participate in the work party. They are considered to have a fever and must be sent home.

  8. Arecordofanyonewhomayhavebeenexposedtothemmustberetained.

  9. Any tools or other surfaces used by the sick volunteer must be disinfected.

10.Anyone who has a family member at home sick with coronavirus must notify the coronavirus supervisor and must not participate in the work party and must be sent home.

Adhere to the requirements of this guideline as long as Washington State Government restrictive measures for the coronavirus are in place. If those restrictions are lifted, adherence to the requirements in this document is no longer mandatory.

Approved by BCHW Safety Committee 2 May 2020


May 15 Update

Check this out from the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation.

 Be Safe When Out

 

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STAY HEALTHY