COVID-19 Fieldwork Resource Hub
Monday, June 15, 2020
Posted by: Alexis Gibson
The world has changed rapidly over the last few months in response to COVID-19. In the restoration community, conversations have shifted from whether any field work could happen this year to quickly trying to figure out if and how to do fieldwork safely. During our "Fieldwork in the Time of COVID-19" webinar in May, the most frequent question from participants was whether they could see the fieldwork and safety guidelines the speakers' organizations had put together. While there are general best practices being released, many people have questions about how to deal with fieldwork-specific situations like carpooling, communal living, shared field equipment, and volunteers.
To address the interest in seeing fieldwork protocols, we built a COVID-19 fieldwork protocol hub as a new resource for the restoration community. If you are putting together a plan for your organization or lab, or if you are curious about how others are dealing with these issues, this collection of webinars and protocols can serve as a starting point. As of today, we've collected protocols from local and state government, universities, researchers, contractors, and NGOs. If you have a plan that you'd like to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll add it to the collection.
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All of these plans are built around the best practices that have become commonplace - social distancing, wearing PPE, frequent hand washing, and not coming to work if you are sick. However, each organization has adapted those guidelines around their specific organizational situations like:
- Will they be working with the public, contractors, or an at-risk communities?
- How will PPE be supplied?
- Is carpooling or sharing a vehicle common practice?
- Is there shared equipment?
- Will workers need to stay together in the field or at a location away from home?
- How to keep track of worker's health and what is the plan if someone becomes sick?
- What is the current level of COVID-19 infections in the community?
- What group size requires social distancing or wearing masks?