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May 4, 2020

MTC Coronavirus Action Plan

The safety of our employees and the many people we are fortunate to serve is our top priority. We want to share what MTC is doing to minimize the coronavirus risk to our more than 11,000 employees and the approximately 43,000 people we serve at our Job Corps, correctional, and detention facilities throughout the world.

 

Job Corps

What We’re Doing to Keep Employees Safe

Most of our staff are working from home. The few who remain at our centers are following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations including wearing masks (voluntary), washing hands frequently, and practicing social distancing.

 

We are awaiting delivery of no contact, infrared thermometers at all of our Job Corps centers. Once we have the equipment, we will take the temperature of any staff still working on center and any essential visitors. Those with a temperature of 100.4 or higher or symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed inside. They will be advised to seek medical attention. They may return after at least ten days have passed since the initial onset of the symptoms and at least three days have passed without a fever (achieved without fever-reducing medication).

 

If a staff member has a confirmed case of the coronavirus, they may return to work after:

  • Their fever has gone away without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • Their respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved
  • They have received negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized molecular assay for COVID-19 from at least two consecutive specimens collected more than 24 hours apart

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  • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

 

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What We’re Doing to Keep Our Clients Safe

The majority of our students are now at home on break. On May 11, they will begin a distance-learning program. All Job Corps centers will provide virtual education and instruction until the COVID-19 threat has dissipated. Click here to learn more about this temporary distance-learning program.

 

Approximately 170 of our students did not have a safe home to return to, so we are caring for them at some of our centers. Students who remain at our centers are strictly following social distancing and other stringent CDC measures to minimize their risk of COVID-19.

 

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What Our Customers Are Reporting about COVID-19

The National Office of Job Corps, which is a U.S. Department of Labor program, has issued a news release announcing the latest impact of COVID-19 on Job Corps. Click here to view the announcement.

 

Corrections-Detention

What We’re Doing to Keep Employees Safe

In addition to general precautionary measures recommended by the CDC, the agency has also provided specific safety guidelines for prisons and detention centers to reduce the risk of the coronavirus to staff, inmates, and detainees. Click here to view a summary of what we have done to protect people at all of our corrections/detention facilities. Depending on the scope of individual employee assignments (administrative staff, officers, medical staff, etc.), masks are provided and, in some cases, required to keep our employees healthy.

 

At facilities where MTC provides healthcare to inmates and detainees, our medical professionals use personal protective equipment including masks, gowns, gloves, face shields whenever dealing with individuals who have COVID-19 or who may have COVID-19.

 

Staff who have flu-like symptoms are staying home as a precaution to ensure they do not pose a health risk to other staff and the men and women we serve. All staff and essential visitors must have their temperatures taken before entering any of our facilities. Those with temperatures of 100.4 or higher or symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed inside. They will be advised to seek medical attention. They may return after at least ten days have passed since the initial onset of the symptoms and at least three days have passed without a fever (achieved without fever-reducing medication).

 

If a staff member has a confirmed case of the coronavirus, they may return to work after:

  • Their fever has gone away without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • Their respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved
  • They have received negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized molecular assay for COVID-19 from at least two consecutive specimens collected more than 24 hours apart

OR

  • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

 

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What We’re Doing to Keep Our Clients Safe

The CDC has provided specific safety guidelines for prisons and detention centers to reduce the risk of the coronavirus to staff, inmates, and detainees. Click here to view a summary of what we have done to protect people at all of our corrections/detention facilities. In addition to these CDC recommendations, we have also implemented other precautionary protocols. Some of these measures include:

  • Suspending visitation
  • Suspending programs
  • Disinfecting all common areas daily
  • Taking the temperature of staff and essential visitors before they enter. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher is not allowed inside

 

Masks are provided to inmates and detainees who are in quarantine, who have or are suspected to have the coronavirus, or who work in laundry, food, or cleaning and provide services to an individual with COVID-19.

 

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What Our Customers Are Reporting about COVID-19

Here is a list of our customers and web pages they have created to keep people updated on what they’re doing to keep people safe during this pandemic:

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