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COVID-19 Pandemic News & Resources: Issue #7

TO: Virginia Law Enforcement

This seventh installment of the VACP's COVID-19 Update includes a variety of notices and webinar announcements.

Please continue to reach out to us for clarifications on orders and assistance with issues as they arise. Contact VACP Executive Director Dana Schrad at dana@vachiefs.org or 804-338-9512.

You can find the previous COVID-19 round-ups here:
UPDATE #1 | UPDATE #2 | UPDATE #3 | UPDATE #4 | UPDATE #5 | UPDATE #6

VACP OFFICE CLOSURE

In accordance with Governor Northam's "Stay at Home" Order, VACP Staff are working remotely. THE BEST WAY TO REACH ANY OF US IS BY EMAIL

DCJS Notice About Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF)

PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED MEMO ABOUT VIRGINIA'S CESF ALLOCATION

The feds are still making decisions about what the application should include/not include, and what is going to be "acceptable" to them, so while DCJS is 95% ready to submit the VA application, we are still finalizing some of the details.

To date, there have been 3-4 webinars/conference calls since the CESF dropped last week. So, much like COVID-19 facts, CESF guidance gets updated almost on a daily basis. **Please note that the funding is for state and local units of government, so LE agencies should be coordinating and talking to their local governments!**

Many thanks, and please reach out if you have any questions. 

Shannon Dion, Director
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
(804) 786-8718
shannon.dion@dcjs.viginia.gov

PSHS Secretary Moran Requests Help in Educating Public About Lawfulness of Medical Masks

In light of the recent CDC guidance to wear masks/face coverings, I request your assistance in educating the public about Va Code Sec 18.-422, the prohibition of wearing masks in public. The statute requires an "intent to conceal;" therefore, the wearing of a mask for medical purposes is not a violation of this law.

We have been fielding numerous constituent calls and legislative requests to address this issue in an EO. That is a possibility; but in the meantime, I'd solicit your assistance in responding to their concerns via your communication channels. 

Thanks so much,
 
Brian J. Moran
Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Commonwealth of Virginia
Brian.Moran@governor.virginia.gov
(804) 786-5351
www.pshs.virginia.gov

Local & Regional Data on Social Distancing Practices

Secretary Moran has requested that the following resources are shared with you. These sites provide local and regional data about social distancing practices as well as active COVID-19 cases.

https://www.google.com/covid19/mobility/   

https://www.unacast.com/covid19/social-distancing-scoreboard  

COVID-19 National Law Enforcement Dashboard Update

According to the National Police Foundation’s COVID-19 Real-Time Law Enforcement Impact Situational Awareness Dashboard, out of 356 responding agencies in 42 states representing 83,107 total sworn law enforcement personnel, 6% of sworn personnel have reported exposure and 45% of agencies report having insufficient personal protective equipment (PPE).
 
Please see the ATTACHED FLYER for other emerging data and trends from the dashboard.
 
In order to better understand and assess the impact of COVID-19 on our nation’s first responders, the National Police Foundation asks that you continue adding your data to the National COVID-19 Law Enforcement Impact Situational Dashboard each week.
 
To view the dashboard, as well as a compilation of relevant resources and information for first responders regarding COVID-19, please visit the NPF’s COVID-19 Resources for Law Enforcement webpage: https://www.policefoundation.org/covid-19/. If you have any questions or feedback on this tool, please let us know. We welcome input on ways to help improve its use in the field.  
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Ben Gorban I Senior Project Associate
The National Police Foundation
Office: 202-833-1460 I Direct: 202-721-9779
Email: bgorban@policefoundation.org Website: www.policefoundation.org

COVID-19 Premise Alert Update

VDH-Culpeper will be now sharing information for Premise Alerts to their Emergency Director to go into our CAD system.
 
See attachment, Guidelines & Procedures for Sharing Protected Health Information with 9-1-1 Centers. This document is issued by the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District of the Virginia Department of Health.

COVID-19: Updated OSHA Guidance

Please see below for a message from the Department of Labor regarding their new Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) guidance.
 
Additionally, they are sharing the following guidance for Law Enforcement:


Dear State Workforce Director,
 
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued interim enforcement guidance regarding disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators.  Specifically, the guidance addresses use of respirators that are either:
  •  Certified under certain standards of other countries; or,
  •  Certified under other countries’ standards but are expired.
During periods of N95 respirator shortages, the federal government advises that employers may consider using respirators and filters certified under the following standards of other countries:
  •  Australia: AS/NZS 1716:2012
  •  Brazil: ABNT/NBR 13694:1996; ABNT/NBR 13697:1996; and ABNT/NBR 13698:2011
  •  People’s Republic of China: GB 2626-2006; and GB 2626-2019
  •  European Union: EN 140-1999; EN 143-2000; and EN 149-2001
  •  Japan: JMHLW-2000
  •  Republic of Korea: KMOEL-2014-46; and KMOEL-2017-64
  •  Mexico: NOM-116-2009

The interim guidance takes effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.  Please forward this information to appropriate stakeholders within your state.

Please contact me at 202-693-4610 with any questions regarding the interim enforcement guidance. 
 
Michael R. Downing
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
U.S. Department of Labor
Phone: 202-693-4600

Information from National C.O.P.S. on COVID-19 & Line of Duty Death

You are probably seeing media and social media reports of law enforcement officers who have died as a result of contracting COVID-19. There are some provisions already in place within the PSOB Law that would allow these deaths to be considered line of duty, if there is documentation the exposure to the virus occurred on duty. In your conversations with agencies, please urge them to document any exposures they may have had with citizens who may have the virus and to make a workman’s comp claim if they test positive for COVID-19.

Because of the silent nature of COVID-19 and the fact that many carriers of the disease are asymptomatic, officers may not know when or where they were exposed. And, of course, our law enforcement officers, cannot follow the CDC recommendations to stay home. They often do not have adequate protective equipment to keep themselves safe from COVID. C.O.P.S. is working with other law enforcement organizations to start these conversations on a national level about the unique situation we are in. We will keep you posted.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance statement is included below for you to review. In the meantime, it would be VERY helpful if you learn of a COVID-19 death of a law enforcement/correctional officer, please call Lissa in the office and give us the name and agency of that officer. We are tracking the names of the officers to be able to follow up with these families. We are seeing many agencies already treating these officer’s deaths as in the line of duty.
A popular question has been asked over the past several days, "Will COVID 19 be considered a line of duty death?" Below is the statement from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Public Safety Officers' Benefits program.

No-Cost Virtual Training ($59 Scholarship)

MAGNUS Well-being, Part 2:
Strengths, Challenges and Coping in the time of COVID-19

Apr 13, 2020 • 1:00 PM – Eastern Time 

BE RESILIENT | BE ANTI-FRAGILE | BE ALERT | BE WELL 

Overview:  That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Our greatest test, as individuals, families and communities, comes in times of crisis. In the current crisis, our leadership and coping tools are being tested. The outcome of these tests is a function of our brain fitness. This seminar will describe the various elements of brain fitness: the equilibrating factors that determine mood, motivation, mental performance, social orientation and resilience. At the conclusion of the seminar you will be offered a free assessment of these variables and the opportunity to monitor these over time.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Mitch Javidi, Ph.D., Chancellor, National Command College
  • Dr. Antonio Ocana, MD, MSc
  • Dr. Terry Anderson, Chief Leadership Officer, International Academy of Public Safety & President, Anderson Corporate and Executive Coaching, Inc.
Register Now

Peer support programs have gained considerable traction in law enforcement, but in many agencies, their success is limited by officer distrust and lack of leadership commitment. Yet peer support is critical to addressing the emotional and mental impact of a law enforcement career.  

Join Chief Ken Wallentine and Barry Toone for a practical discussion of the benefits of peer support, legal issues related to confidentiality and privilege, and the intersection of peer support and clinical resources. 

You’ll learn: 

  • The benefit of integrating clinical advisory resources into your peer support team 
  • How officers and peer support team members can navigate issues of privacy, confidentiality and privilege in the peer support context
  • Essential training components for peer support team members
  • Strategies for building officer trust in and use of the program

Register today!
Registration is free. Can't make it? Register anyway and Lexipol will send you a recording after the event. 
 
Questions? Contact Lexipol.

CDC Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities Webinar on 3/27: Slides and Q&A

Attached are slides from the webinarCDC Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities on March 27, as well as answers to questions asked during the webinar. There are also additional resources listed below. 

Guidance Highlights for Correctional and Detention Facilities


NEW: Detailed guidance: Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Correctional and Detention Facilities
 
PREPARE
  • Coordinate with local public health department and other correctional/detention facilities.
  • Require staff and visitors to stay home if sick.
  • Offer seasonal flu shots because limiting cases of flu can help speed the identification of people with COVID-19.
  • Provide no-cost access to soap and encourage frequent hand washing.
  • Plan for how to medically isolate and care for sick people.
  • Plan for potential staff shortages.
PREVENT COVID-19 from entering your facility from the community
  • Limit non-medical transfers in and out of the facility.
  • Screen all new entrants, staff, and visitors prior to entering the facility.
  • Be on the lookout for symptoms and address them immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect the facility.
  • Reinforce good hygiene practices.
  • Use multiple social distancing strategies.
  • Communicate regularly.
MANAGE COVID-19 if there are cases in your facility
  • Activate your emergency plan and notify public health officials.
  • Give any person who is sick a face mask and separate them from others.
    • Send sick staff home.
  • Quarantine any close contacts. 
  • Clean and disinfect the facility.
  • Screen for COVID-19 symptoms as part of release planning.
  • Restrict non-medical transfers in and out of the facility.
  • Cancel group gatherings. 
  • Suspend visitation and provide virtual alternatives if possible.
  • Use multiple social distancing strategies.
Additional Resources:

REMINDER: Free COVID-19 Resources from VACP Partners

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