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MWVCOG Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (MWVCOG) wants to assure our staff and members that we are closely monitoring this rapidly changing situation and have made some changes to normal business operations and procedures based upon the guidance issued by government officials and medical professionals in response to the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Effective immediately and for the foreseeable future, we are encouraging MWVCOG non-essential employees to work with their supervisors to development telecommuting options or flexible hours to coincide with school closures or other needs, pursuant to the directives and guidance issued by Governor Brown.

On March 17th, the  COG Board of Directors adopted emergency procedures to our Personnel Manual to allow greater flexibility to our employees as well. Resolution 2020-09 can be downloaded HERE.

While the MWVCOG offices are not closed, our public access doors will remain locked and no outside guests, members or visitors are permitted inside the COG office without a pre-arranged appointment.  All visitors must comply with social distancing. Anyone who is coughing, appears to have a fever, or is having difficulty breathing will be asked to return at a later time.

We are  encouraging teleconferencing tools to facilitate meetings. We are taking these steps not only to ensure the health and safety of our employees, but also to ensure that our staff can continue to provide services to our members. (See our Staff List for direct contact information.) We are here to support and help the community during this disruptive time. We have also implemented the social distancing recommendations and are encouraging teleconference based on Oregon Health Authority and CDC guidelines.

We believe these protections will help minimize risk and exposure for our employees while allowing us to continue to provide on-going services to our members.