The City of Worthing COVID-19
The Commissioners of Worthing adopted the following policy:

COVID-19 Response Plan

In a proactive effort to prevent the spread ofCOVID-19 (Coronavirus), we are taking steps to help protect employees and visitors at City Hall. We ask that you use the drop box on the side of the building when possible or call/email with other City business at (605) 372-4113or financeofficer@cityofworthing.com. For more information on COVID-19 precautionsand news visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

The plan below lays out the steps and recommendations the City plans to follow during this time. As the COVID-19 situation develops, these plans may be adjusted or changed.

Community Plan

The City encourages the public to limit social interactions, use proper handwashing and excellent hygiene tolimit spread of disease.

The City encourages local businesses, organizations, and faith-based communities to take precautions to limit spread of disease and follow CDC guidance on continuing business operations.

The City will work with Lincoln County Emergency Management and the South Dakota Department of Health when and if the Emergency Operations Plan is activated.

The City encourages community groups and organizations to postpone events and large gatherings until further notice.

The City encourages residents to take common sense precautions to limit social interaction, such as limiting on-essential trips to counties with known confirmed cases of Coronavirus, including Sioux Falls.

Continuity of Operations:

The City will continue to provide critical services such as sanitary sewers, drinking water, law enforcement and EMS during this pandemic to the best of our ability. While reported cases in South Dakota remain limited, the City is adopting the following plans:

Until a case of Coronavirus is confirmed in Lincoln County:

Finance/Administration

Front Desk personnel will use gloves for all public interactions, such as taking payments for utilities orother services.

Workstations, restrooms, counters, and door handles will be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or solution each evening.

Encourage the public to payutility bills or other fees online or over the phone. Individuals needing assistance in doing soshould contact City Hall at (605) 372-4113.

Public Works

Limit close contact with membersof the public during your workday.

Vehicle handles, steering wheels, building doors, workstations, will be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe orsolution each evening

Police

Gloves will be worn on each stopor service call.

Workstations and patrol vehicleswill be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or solution after each shift.

Officers will respond only tomedical calls that involve trauma or need immediate life-saving measures. In such instances, responding officers will usegloves and masks.

Parks and Recreation

Current planning for recreation programs will continue

Building Permits/Inspections

Inspections will continue asplanned. Personnel will utilize gloves in conducting all inspections.

Public Meetings and Events

Election Day - Election Day onApril 14 will continue as planned.Voters will wash or sanitize hands upon entering the building and upon completion of voting. Voting stations, pens, and tables will be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or solution after each vote.

City Council and PlanningCommission Meetings. City Council andPlanning Commission meetings will continue as scheduled. However, residents wishing to speak duringpublic comment are encouraged to submit statements or comments in advance to beread on their behalf and/or distributed to the City Council.

When a case of Coronavirus isconfirmed in Lincoln County:

All personnel who are not sick or showing symptoms will continue to work.

Personnel who are sick will continue to workas needed upon the onset of symptoms, but will take the following steps tolimit the spread of the virus:

Masks and gloves will be worn atall times on duty.

Sick personnel will maintainphysical separation from other personnel and the public at all times.

Staff showing symptoms willcomplete only those duties deemed essential by the Mayor or City Council. Upon completion of those essential duties, essential staff will return home and resume isolation. First responders will work to limit shifts bysick essential personnel.

Finance/Administration.

City Hall will be closed to the general public.

Workstations, restrooms, counters, and door handles will be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or solution throughout the day and each evening.

The City will require the public to pay utility bills or other fees online or over the phone, and to complete any city-related business remotely whenever possible.

Public Works

Limit close contact with membersof the public during your workday.

Vehicle handles, steering wheels, building doors, workstations, will be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe orsolution each evening

Police

Gloves will be worn on each stop or service call

Workstations and patrol vehicles will be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or solution after each shift.

Will respond only to medical calls that involve trauma or need immediate life-saving measures. In such instances, responding officers will use gloves and masks

Parks and Recreation

Recreation programs will be postponed for the immediate future

Building Services

Inspections will be suspended.

Permit reviews, ordinance revisions, and other standard work will continue.

Public Meetings and Events Limitations

Election Day -Election Day onApril 14 will continue. All voters will use gloves and will wash hands or use disinfectant upon entering the building.

City Council and PlanningCommission Meetings. City Council and Planning Commission meetings will continue as scheduled. However, residents wishing to speak during public comment are encouraged to submit statements or comments in advance to be read on their behalf and/or distributed to the City Council.

Non-essential employee travel will be suspended.

 




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