November 16, 2020
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COVID-19 Update: Please Stay Vigilant – At Work…At Home!

Late last week (November 12) Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted provided the following updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

STATEWIDE HIGH INCIDENCE

New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found that all 88 counties in Ohio remain at "high incidence" as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the latest Ohio Public Health Advisory System map, 68 counties are currently rated as having a very high risk of exposure and spread (Red Level 3), up from 56 counties last week. This represents the highest number of Red Level 3 counties since the launch of the advisory system in July.

Both Franklin and Tuscarawas counties met six of seven advisory-system indicators and are approaching Purple Level 4.

Ohio also had another record-breaking day for new cases reported in a 24-hour period, with 7,101 cases reported between November 11 and 12. A total of 268 new hospitalizations were reported, as well as 35 more deaths.

A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19 in all of Ohio's 88 counties can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System's website.

NEW ZIP CODE DASHBOARD

Governor DeWine announced the creation of a new zip code dashboard. Ohioans can now view data from their local communities and filter data by probable or confirmed case status, county, a specific zip code, or a specific time period.

Case counts will also be available on a downloadable, filterable chart sorted from the most cases to the least. To protect confidentiality, case counts for zip codes with fewer than five cases or less than 100 total residents will not be displayed.

The new zip code dashboard can be found at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

WHAT SHOULD CONTRACTORS DO?


In light of Ohio’s case statistics, it is critical that those of us working in the “essential business” of construction maintain our vigilance by adhering to the required and recommended protocols designed to keep our worksites and employees safe and help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To review a summary of the mandatory and recommended protocols for Ohio’s construction industry, please click here.

Please review and refresh these requirements with your managers, supervisors, and employees on every jobsite, so that we do not become lax in our fight against this deadly virus.

WHAT SHOULD INDIVIDUALS DO?

Please keep in mind that this battle against COVID-19 is a “two-front” war. In addition to complying with work-related protocols, let each of us remain vigilant in our personal lives to ensure that we do not expose ourselves or others to the virus outside of the workplace. Each of us should monitor and control our personal and social activities to help prevent the spread of the virus to family members and/or exposing our co-workers when we return to the job. Following is a list of basics that can help us in this task, and hopefully help prevent a return to mandatory business closures in Ohio.

Remember the basics:

• Wear a mask when you are out in public, or not with people who live in your household.
• Keep your distance.
• Wash your hands often.
• Keep your building well-ventilated.
• Stay home if you are not well.
• Avoid travel to areas with high spread of COVID-19 and take appropriate precautions if you must.
• Cooperate with your local public health officials if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or exposed to somebody who has COVID-19.

If you are in a high incidence county:

• Reconsider hosting or attending gatherings of any size -- this includes with friends and family.
• Order take-out; avoid dining in restaurants or bars if you are in a high-risk category for COVID-19.
• Avoid non-essential activities outside of your home.
• Reduce in-person shopping; order online or curbside pick-up.
• Work remotely if possible.
• Prioritize businesses that follow and enforce mask mandate and other guidelines.

Employers should:

• Allow employees to work from home, when possible.
• Send employees periodic communication urging them to take personal precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
• Require customers to wear masks unless an exemption applies.



News
AGC and Sage Begin Surveying Members for Annual Outlook
Help Us Generate a Comprehensive Outlook for 2021 by Taking the Survey Today

Each year around this time, AGC asks you – our members – to predict what next year will be like for your business. AGC has partnered with Sage to prepare questions that focus on expectations for market performance, hiring, labor market conditions, etc. Please take a moment to complete the survey here. AGC of America will use the survey results to help make the case with elected and appointed officials in support of key member priorities. The more people who complete the survey, the more effective the results will be in supporting our work on your behalf.

Contact Brian Turmail at brian.turmail@agc.org or 703-459-0238 for more information.


Detailed 2020 Winter Conference Agenda - Only 10 Days Left to Register

NEW Detailed Agenda: (Full Agenda)
     
 Click here to get registered!

There are Still a Few Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities Available


With the OCA Winter Conference going virtual in 2020 there are a number of new opportunities for you to share your message with an anticipated 400+ attendees to this new and engaging event. Logo banners (sold out) in the virtual lobby, booth space in the live and interactive exhibit hall (selling fast), conference sponsor (available) and co-sponsor (1 available) exposure, and even more exciting video ads/promos before each breakout session. Time is running out so don't delay. Make sure your company is front and center at the OCA Winter Conference.

ODAS Announces New Platform for Supplies and Service Contracts

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services has announced a new platform for suppliers and bidders to conduct procurement activities with the State of Ohio called Ohio|Buys. If you are interested in opportunities to supply goods and services to the State of Ohio, Ohio|Buys provides an online shopping experience for State agencies to solicit quotes and purchase contract and off-contract items from Suppliers. For more information, click here.

Call for Topics - Conaway Conference

The Conaway Conference will be held virtually in 2021 on March 2nd through 4th. If you or someone from your company would like to present, please submit a brief description of the topic to be covered. If you have an idea for a presentation you would like to see, please send it in as well. Either way, please get it to Chris Engle at OCA by November 20.

ODOT Announces DBE Trucking Disclosure Affidavit - Begins January 1, 2021

As the final measure to close out the FHWA Conciliation Agreement regarding ODOT’s DBE Program, ODI will ensure that Prime Contractors are monitoring DBE trucking/hauling operations on projects with federal funding. ODOT is proposing the creation of a Trucking Disclosure Affidavit. This form will be completed by the Prime Contractor along with each pay estimate and will affirm DBE and non-DBE trucking utilized by each DBE firm performing those duties during that pay estimate period. ODOT is proposing to monitor trucking (updating PN007) with the following requirements for all ODOT-let projects bid after January 1, 2021. The requirements may be found here.


  Franklin County Engineer's Office to Share Upcoming Project Information at Nov. 19 Virtual Open House

OCA members are invited to attend the Franklin County Engineer’s Virtual Contractor Open House on Thursday, Nov. 19 to discuss upcoming 2021 projects. The virtual event will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Please register in advance for this event: https://tinyurl.com/FCEO-Contractor.

Agenda for the program is:
     • Welcome: Cornell R. Robertson P.E., P.S. – Franklin County Engineer
     • Introductions
     • Diversity & Inclusion
     • Project Details
     • Closing Remarks

If you do not have a Zoom account, please log on to www.zoom.com to create your free account. You may also download the Zoom app on your smartphone. Please contact Scott Roe at 614-525-3052 or sroe@franklincountyengineer.org with any question about the program.
                                             


OCA & Laborers' District Council Invite You to Nov. 17th Virtual Program

The Ohio Contractors Association and Laborers' District Council of Ohio would like to invite Eastern Ohio Chapter Contractors to a unique webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th at 9:00 a.m.

During the hour-long webinar, contractors will receive vital information to enable your business to win more projects.

Here's what you can expect to learn from this session:

*  Laborers' Health & Safety Fund
*  Fair Contracting Staff
*  Apprenticeship Standards and Recruitment
*  Training and Upgrading Opportunities
*  Health and Pension Benefits Available


Click here for a program flyer and registration link. Please contact Vince Irvin at 740-504-2707 with any questions about the virtual program.


Worksite Traffic Supervisor (WTS) Prequalification Testing


On behalf of ODOT’s Division of Construction Management and Office of Roadway Engineering, the following additional sessions of Worksite Traffic Supervisor (WTS) Prequalification Testing are now open for registration:

• November 17 - Afternoon » Click here to register.
• December 1 - Morning » Click here to register.
• December 1 - Afternoon » Click here to register.

Click here to access the PDF flyer with recent updates.

Prerequisites – Do not register for WTS Prequalification testing until the prerequisites have been completed. Please see the online registration form and flyer for details.

Pre-registration is required for WTS Testing. Due to social distancing requirements per COVID-19, seating capacity is limited for each session. Please review the important updates and new safety protocols as described per the links above.
                                                                      

Quick Links to On-line OCA Resources

•   Current Ohio Contractor Magazine
•   Safety Resources
•   Labor & Employment Information
•   OCA President's Commentary
 



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