Coronavirus Preparedness And Response
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Priority updates will be posted below as they occur.
The COVID-19 situation imposes unprecedented uncertainties. HBA of F-M wants you to have the most current industry-specific information and suggestions for safety in your business operations and keeping you confident in your business decisions during these fluid times. We strive for continued communications with city leaders and collaboration amongst our community organizations, something that will be necessary and vital as we face these challenges.
Our industry is hands-on and focused on getting the job done, but changes should be made to be precautionary as we face the uncertainty of this virus.
- If you have traveled anywhere outside of the metro area, especially by air, be mindful that you may have unknowingly returned with the virus.
- Take it seriously.
- Adjust operations on your project sites to mitigate the risk of the virus infecting others by implementing jobsite hygiene practices.
- Review health guidelines.
- Think about your operations for the next few months and how you can utilize conference calls, video communications, etc., to interact as we all adapt to the new working environments.
- Communicate with your customers and trade partners so they are aware of the challenges you face.
Added 12:45 p.m. March 31, 2020:
Troubling Reports From Job Sites
Local contractors are working in homes where a resident has either tested positive for COVID-19, is awaiting test results or is simply ill with respiratory symptoms, and the resident did NOT inform the contractor.
This is not ok. You have a right and a duty to know and adjust your work practices. The same is true for your own employees and trade partners.
- Screen residents of homes (or workers of businesses) for potential infection with the coronavirus.
- Put protocols in place for your employees and trade partners who work on job sites if they have been exposed or are feeling sick.
National Association of Home Builders has a page dedicated to assessing potential hazards specific to our industry.
Here are sample questions to ask:
- Have you been confirmed positive for COVID-19?
- Are you currently experiencing, or recently experienced, any acute respiratory illness symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
- Have you been in close contact with any persons who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19?
- Have you been in close contact with any persons who have traveled and are also exhibiting acute respiratory illness symptoms?
- While construction is viewed as an essential service, you must take steps to ensure workers stay healthy.
West Fargo Updates Permitting/Inspections Protocol
On March 30, the city of West Fargo announced that it is developing a process to take in new permit applications.
- All new permit applications must be emailed to Inspection Office Coordinator Lynda Lee and Inspection Administrator Jay Sandvig.
- The inspection office is not accepting payment in person and will bill all permit fees to the applicant. Final inspections will not be done until all payments are received.
- With the increased safety precautions and remote working situation, applicants should expect delays and inconveniences associated with the current situation.
The city also added more detail to its inspections protocol.