Take these steps to keep up with the latest requirements and recommendations to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.
Review the latest Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), effective January 14, including new testing, exclusion, and face covering requirements. For Spanish resources and information on updates and revisions, visit the Cal/OSHA website.
Register for NVG's upcoming webinar: COVID-19 Updates for Employers with Erica Rosasco, Partner at McKague Rosasco LLP. Topics include Cal/OSHA's ETS, what to do when an employee tests positive, sick leave, return to work, testing, and vaccine policies, and more.
Order free rapid tests through USPS! Every household in the U.S. is now eligible to order 4 free at-home rapid tests. For more information and FAQs visit the covidtests.gov.
Work with supervisors and foremen to ensure general COVID-19 safety protocols:
Encourage booster shots for all employees! Our partners at St. Helena Hospital Foundation continue to provide vaccine clinics. No appointments are necessary.
Cal/OSHA has Readopted COVID-19 Emergency Standards Through mid-April 2022
The Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted to readopt the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) through mid-April 2022. The Standards Board readopted the ETS with changes, including requirements to test, mask, and socially distance non-symptomatic vaccinated workers who had a COVID-19 close contact. To learn more about the ETS, visit their FAQs.
Get Your Booster this Holiday Season
Now is an important time to get your teams boosted for the holidays and winter travel. NVG and the Farmworker Foundation have worked with our partners at St. Helena Hospital Foundation (SHHF) to ensure ag workers can easily access COVID-19 booster shots. SHHF is holding regular clinics at Napa Valley College Upvalley Campus, as well as other locations throughout the County. No appointments are necessary for the clinics and whole teams can receive their shots at the same time.
For the upcoming clinic schedule, visit the SHHF website
For more information about the clinics, employers may contact Noemi Mauricio at (707) 815-2544 or MauricNA@ah.org or for general questions, Molly Moran Williams at (707) 944-8311 x 118 or MWilliams@napagrowers.org.
Individuals may also make booster appointments at local pharmacy locations such as Safeway, CVS Pharmacy and Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy.
To view more COVID-19 resources for NVG members in English and Spanish, visit NVG’s website.
Take these steps to keep up with the latest requirements and recommendations to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace:
Step 1: Familiarize with the recent Executive Order requiring all employers with 100+ employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly.
Step 2: Review NVG & FWF’s updated COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Vineyard Teams – updated September 2021.
Step 3: Be prepared with rapid tests. COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self Tests from Abbott are available for pick up at the NVG office, 831 Latour Court, Suite A, Napa, CA 94558. Quantities are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. A $10 donation per box is appreciated. Each box contains 2 tests.
Step 4: Plan for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots! NVG and FWF are working with our partners at St. Helena Hospital Foundation to coordinate booster shots for Napa County ag workers. We will provide more information on this to the NVG and FWF community in the coming weeks.
Effective immediately, revisions have been made to Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards, governing masking in the workplace and other COVID-19 related requirements.
Visit Cal/OSHA's website for the full text and regulation FAQs.
New information and clarifications are expected to be released during the typical 10-day review period conducted by the Office of Administrative Law following Executive Orders. NVG will keep members informed as more information becomes available.
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) and Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (FWF) pledge their support for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for agricultural workers in Napa County. Napa County recently announced the start of vaccine rollout for Tier 1B, making vineyard and winery workers eligible for signing up to receive vaccines.
In support of St. Helena Hospital Foundation’s proven commitment to the ag community and to the community-at-large during these challenging times, the FWF has pledged $10,000 to their COVID-19 vaccine program, in addition to providing bilingual volunteer support on site.
“We are grateful to partner once again with the Farmworker Foundation to serve the needs of some of our most vulnerable community members. This is an extension of an early partnership to meet the needs of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Glen Newhart, President & CEO, St. Helena Hospital Foundation.
NVG has also committed to supporting Napa County’s efforts by providing almost 60 hours of staff volunteer time at the Expo and County office sites each week.
“Beyond meeting the state’s eligibility criteria, Napa County’s farmworkers have worked through the pandemic, and we are proud to see that the essential labor they have provided—ensuring our community’s continued economic stability—is being honored with access to vaccines through St. Helena Hospital Foundation and Napa County’s efforts,” said Sonya DeLuca, Associate Director at Napa Valley Grapegrowers and Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation.
For more information about how you or your teams can also support this community-wide vaccine rollout, please contact NVG at firstname.lastname@example.org.