Employees to remain vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19

PABLO — After much thoughtful deliberation, CSKT has moved to reopen government offices on June 29, 2020. All tribal departments will implement an individual return to work plan, as it meets the public health guidelines for work spaces. 

Currently, the Flathead Indian Reservation has no known active coronavirus cases. Should that change between now and June 29, Tribal Council will meet with the Unified Command Team, analyze the situation, and adjust this schedule as necessary. 

To CSKT Tribal Employees, the following is a list of measures we are actively taking to mitigate the potential spread of coronavirus. You are requested to follow these rules diligently to help sustain a safe and healthy work environment. It is important that we all do our part individually to ensure the safety of ourselves, our coworkers, our friends, and our families. 

  • Employees should stay home if sick, especially if suffering from flu-like symptoms (fever of 100 degrees F or higher, and cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body ache, headache, chills, unusual fatigue, diarrhea or vomiting, loss of taste or smell). Thermometers will be available in many departments should you wish to monitor your temperature at any time. Locations will be made available once determined. 
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or with a hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol-based.
  • Avoid touching nose, mouth and eyes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or upper sleeve. Dispose of tissues in no-touch trash receptacles. 
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing, or blowing nose. Avoid close contact with coworkers and customers/clients (within 6 feet). Masking is a personal choice.
    Avoid shaking hands and always wash hands after physical contact. 
  • Keep touched common surfaces (i.e., coffee pots, refrigerators, telephones, computer equipment, copiers) clean – use disinfecting spray if available.
  • Food, snacks, coffee service areas should refrain from open-container consumables. Packaged products and foods only, prepared for single service consumption. 
  • Try not to use coworker phones, computer keyboards, etc.
    Minimize group meetings as much as possible. Take advantage of web meetings, email, phone conferences. Zoom is the platform that the tribe has purchased licensing for and is providing training for. However, departments are free to utilize whichever platform they are most comfortable with.
  • Ensure adequate room ventilation in meetings when you have in-person meetings.
  • Limit unnecessary visitors to the workplace and take precautions for those you do allow. 
  • If you determine your department has a need for a plexiglass shield, please contact John Neiss to order and to schedule installation date/time.
  • Take a look at your waiting areas and either remove them or restructure them to ensure social distancing. Additionally, sanitize frequently. 
  • Streamline office processes to reduce the rates of paper transferability.
  • Use department schedules to set up appointments in a staggered manner when possible to avoid a large number of people in the office at one time.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle (attention to rest, diet, lots of fluids, exercise). 

IMPORTANT NOTE: All leave protocols will return to pre-COVID-19 status. Please contact Personnel for any leave related questions or concerns. 

Should you have an interest in being tested for coronavirus, the following locations have been scheduled to administer tests from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. 

June 17 – Arlee Pow Wow Grounds

June 18 – SKC Theater

June 19 – Polson (TBD)

June 20 – Elmo Pow Wow Grounds 


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