COVID-19

U.S. Dept. of Labor releases workplace poster

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The Department of Labor has just released a poster for employers to post in the workplace and an FAQ document about it. The poster can be accessed here The FAQ about the poster can be accessed here Each covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises.   Posted March 27, 2020...

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Managing Anxiety & Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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While it is certainly important to wash your hands and follow the guidance of medical professionals to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is also important that you take care of your emotional and mental health as well. Your entire WSVMA family is here to support you as we work through this challenging time together. For many individuals, this can be a stressful time that produces anxiety. It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a...

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Wellbeing Links

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CORONAVIRUS vs. COLD vs. FLU vs. ALLERGIES – Kansas State Department of Health AVMA Wellbeing Resources Covid-19 and Wellbeing Wellbeing in a time of COVD - AVMA My Veterinary Life Podcast General Wellbeing Resources Pandemic self-care for veterinary teams – AAHA NewStat Coronavirus anxiety overwhelmed this doctor. A deep breath helped – Washington Post Mental Health and Coping during COVID - CDC Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak – Suicide Prevention Lifeline The Happiness Lab – Covid-related podcasts with...

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Relief In The Time of COVID-19

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COVID-19 has up-ended many lives in the last week. In the face of a nation-wide pandemic, clinics and veterinarians have experienced a disruption of normal activity, possible decreased caseload, extra precautions & cleaning protocols. For relief veterinarians, however, it could mean a complete halt of all work and income. As a full-time relief veterinarian whose business model is to travel throughout the pacific northwest to work, I am at much higher risk both physically and financially to this pandemic.  And...

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Promoting Financial Resilience During Covid-19

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The defining characteristic of the coronavirus pandemic, and of the history-making market decline it has engendered, is unknowability. People, businesses, and financial markets universally hate uncertainty. While we may be powerless in the face of uncertainty, we must exert self-control over how we respond to it.  So what can we do? Focus on what we can control : where and how we spend and save, how we allocate our investments, and making conscious choices about what is actually worthy of...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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WSVMA COVID-19 Resource web page WSVMA COVID-19 Blog updates AVMA COVID-19 Resources Washington State COVID-19 Response Coronavirus: Belgian woman infected her cat – The Brussels Times   Posted March 27, 2020...

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COVID-19 Financial Resources

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The following are several financial resources employees and businesses can access that apply to the current pandemic.  Help to pay your employees The Employment Security Department has new emergency rules in place. For example, workers who are ill with COVID-19 can qualify for benefits. Also, workers that are exposed and quarantined while the business remains open can now qualify for unemployment insurance. This ESD Unemployment chart can help determine which benefit applies to your situation. This FAQ page for workers and businesses...

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Gov. Inslee’s Stay at Home order and a letter for employees of essential businesses to carry with them

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The Governor issued the order last evening at 5:30 pm. Download a copy of it here. There has been no official direction from the Governor’s office regarding employees traveling between home and essential businesses. But the WSVMA recommends all employees carry a letter with them in the event they’re asked to show proof for being on the roads.   Here’s a template letter that veterinary hospitals can download and edit for their use. In the absence of a letter, employees should at least carry...

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National Survey to assess PPE Supply in the Veterinary Community

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Not to inundate you with surveys, but we are working with Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) to determine the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the veterinary community. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing supply chain issues as the stress on human healthcare strains supplies.  Our goal is to determine how long veterinary hospitals can practice under current conditions based on the PPE supplies on hand in hospitals. We also wish to inform how veterinary medical associations advocate for veterinary medicine...

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Supply shortages and how to conserve

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  We are communicating with a number of partners looking into shortages, including FDA, other veterinary associations, various practice groups, and distributors. We have isolated reports, based on discussion posts and mention of supplies in-stock, that the following items may be in short supply: Surgical masks, gloves, gowns, hand sanitizers, and surface sanitizing solutions. Some vendors have reported isopropyl alcohol and surgical drapes as being out of stock, but at last report other vendors still had those available (this may, of...

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