We continue to closely monitor the latest information being provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and county health departments regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We encourage members to visit the CDC website and county websites as primary sources for information. Please also see helpful member resources below.

CORONOVIRUS (COVID-19) MEMBER INFORMATION

Members are encouraged to contact Trust staff with any questions or concerns or feel free to use our online Contact Us form for general questions.

On behalf of the DVT staff, we hope all Trust officials, employees, their families, and friends remain safe and healthy during these challenging times.

What to do if you think you have had a COVID-19 exposure:

Posted: March 16, 2020 at 11:15 a.m. –

COVID-19 Member Resources

Updated May 28, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. –

Employee Assistance Program – The EAP phone number is 877-240-6863. The program is available 24/7 to DVHT and DVWCT members, their spouses, dependent children, parents and parents-in-law at no cost to obtain confidential, short-term counseling for a wide-range of issues including stress and/or anxiety you or a family member may be experiencing as a result of the current COVID-19 outbreak.

The EAP website powered by Health Advocate features COVID-19 Pandemic Resources including access to articles, videos and webinars for employees as well as managers and supervisors. Visit www.healthadvocate.com, click “Member Login” and  Enter “Delaware Valley Trusts” as your organization to access the site. From the homepage click on News Alerts: Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic Resources”.

DVWCT Member - COVID-19 Risk Alerts and Other Prevention Resources:

Risk Alert – Indoor Air Quality Considerations When Reopening Idled Buildings (Issued May 15, 2020) This Risk Alert provides facility managers tasked with reopening public buildings practical solutions for addressing potential Legionella, sewer odor and mold concerns.

Risk Alert – COVID-19 Exposure Prevention (Issued April 7, 2020 – replaces version dated March 18, 2020):  This Risk Alert updates prior guidance for public employees and volunteers on how to protect against potential exposure to COVID-19. It includes newly released guidance on wearing cloth face coverings when in public and how to create your own using common household materials.  The guidance for police officers and medical first responders has not changed. The prior Risk Alert dated March 18, 2020 should be deleted.  Please share with your employees, volunteers and all first responders.

Risk Alert – Recommendations for Managing Shortages of Respirators (issued March 26, 2020 )- This Risk Alert offers recommendations for public employers on managing shortages of respirators required to protect employees and volunteers at high risk of close contact with individuals potentially infected with COVID-19.

Risk Alert – Crisis Capacity Strategy for Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators (issued April 6, 2020): This Risk Alert supplements the recommendations contained in our March 26, 2020 Risk Alert, “Recommendations for Managing Shortages of N-95 Respirators”. It describes a CDC-endorsed strategy for quasi-decontamination of filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) in the event supplies of this critical protective equipment reach crisis levels.

Risk Alert – Injury Prevention When Telecommuting (issued May 4, 2020):  This Risk Alert reviews several of these challenges and proposes practical remedies to optimize safety and productivity when telecommuting.

Updated April 7, 2020

Cleaning Potentially COVID-19 Contaminated Surfaces:  The CDC issued updated guidance applicable to all on cleaning potentially COVID-19 contaminated surfaces. They have added recommendations for several new surfaces including electronic equipment.  Please see the following link for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/disinfecting-building-facility.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM24835.

***Flash Fire Hazard During Large Volume Spray Application of 70% Alcohol Solutions for Equipment Decontamination Purposes***: DVT has become aware of some medical first responders applying 70% alcohol solutions via high-volume spray applicators for equipment decontamination purposes.  While the efficacy of these solutions against COVID-19 has been confirmed by the CDC, employees and volunteers may not be aware of the significant flash fire risk they are inadvertently creating.  Both liquids have relatively low flash points.  Spray application further increases the potential for ignition due to static discharge or contact with an ignition source.  Dispensing 70% alcohol on a rag or micro cloth and using it to wipe surfaces is a recommended alternate method to reduce the flash fire risk.  If spray application is required, it is recommended to substitute a non-combustible, equipment-compatible, EPA-approved surface disinfectant shown to be effective against COVID-19.  For disinfectant options, visit: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2.

Alcohol Flashpoint Source
70% isopropyl 18oC (64oF) Fisher SDS

https://fscimage.fishersci.com/msds/89530.htm

70% ethyl 25oC (77oF) Labchem SDS

http://labchem.com/tools/msds/msds/VT270.pdf

COVID-19 Exposure and Risk Mitigation Best Practices for Law Enforcement

(Issued: April 6, 2020)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a resource document intended to be a “one-stop shop” for law enforcement on topics related to COVID-19 risk mitigation and exposure prevention while performing official duties.  This is a useful resource for anyone responsible for law enforcement exposure risk management.

Source: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/USDHSFACIR/2020/04/09/file_attachments/1423558/COVID-10%20LE%20Risk%20Mitigation%20and%20Exposure%20Best%20Practices%20_Final.pdf

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Building Owners

(Updated: April 9, 2020)

Among other items of interest to employers, this updated guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings.  It also recommends that building owners make changes to building ventilation systems including:

  • Increasing ventilation rates.
  • Increasing the percentage of outdoor air that circulates into the system.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM25771

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Park Facility Owners

(Updated: April 10, 2020)

The updated guidance provides recommendations for reducing infection risk at public parks.  This includes:

Display public health posters or signs throughout the park to educate visitors on basic infection prevention practices consisting of:

  • Staying home if you are sick or do not feel well, and what to do if you’re sick or feel ill.
  • Using social distancing and maintaining at least six feet between individuals in all areas of the park.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Maintain restrooms. Ensure they have functional toilets, clean and disinfected surfaces, and handwashing supplies.  Restrooms should remain open if a park remains open for public visitation.

Ensure that public restrooms are:

  • Operational with functional toilets.
  • Cleaned and disinfected regularly, particularly high-touch surfaces such as faucets, toilets, doorknobs, and light switches. Clean restrooms daily or more often if possible using EPA-registered household disinfectants.
  • Regularly stocked with supplies for handwashing, including soap and materials for drying hands.

Make sure people are social distancing in popular areas of the park.  Facility owners should consider temporary closure of recreation assets to encourage social distancing practices.  These areas include sports fields, playgrounds, skateparks, basketball courts, tennis courts, and picnic areas.  To ensure visitors avoid these areas, it is recommended that owners place physical barriers as well as post signage communicating that the area is closed.

If organized sports activity has been suspended within the park, communicate with sports team coaches that unofficial sports practices are also prohibited within the park.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/park-administrators.html

Updated COVID-19 Solid Waste and Wastewater Management Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

(Updated:  April 11, 2020)

While intended for healthcare settings, several of the FAQs address concerns voiced by public employees involved in waste management operations:

Q: What do waste management companies need to know about wastewater and sewage coming from a healthcare facility or community setting with either a known COVID-19 patient or patients under investigation (PUIs)?

A: Waste generated in the care of PUIs or patients with confirmed COVID-19 does not present additional considerations for wastewater disinfection in the United States. Coronaviruses are susceptible to the same disinfection conditions in community and healthcare settings as other viruses, so current disinfection conditions in wastewater treatment facilities are expected to be sufficient. This includes conditions for practices such as oxidation with hypochlorite (i.e., chlorine bleach) and peracetic acid, as well as inactivation using UV irradiation.

Q: Do wastewater and sewage workers need any additional protection when handling untreated waste from healthcare or community setting with either a known COVID-19 patient or PUI?

A: Wastewater workers should use standard practices including basic hygiene precautions and wear the recommended PPE as prescribed for their current work tasks when handling untreated waste. There is no evidence to suggest that employees of wastewater plants need any additional protections in relation to COVID-19.

Q: Should medical waste or general waste from healthcare facilities treating PUIs and patients with confirmed COVID-19 be handled any differently or need any additional disinfection?

A: Medical waste (trash) coming from healthcare facilities treating COVID-2019 patients is no different than waste coming from facilities without COVID-19 patients. CDC’s guidance states that management of laundry, food service utensils, and medical waste should be performed in accordance with routine procedures. There is no evidence to suggest that facility waste needs any additional disinfection.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/faq.html

Reopening of Golf Courses and Certain Other Recreation Activities

(Issued: 4/27/20)

Governor Wolf announced beginning May 1 that golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide.  These activities must adhere to updated life-sustaining business guidance issued by the administration.  Links to this announcement and referenced guidance appear below.

Sources:

Press release: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-announces-may-1-statewide-reopening-of-limited-outdoor-recreational-activities-to-help-pennsylvanians-maintain-positive-physical-mental-health/

Updated life sustaining business guidance: https://www.scribd.com/document/452553026/UPDATED-11-45am-April-28-2020-Industry-Operation-Guidance

Updated life sustaining business FAQ: https://www.scribd.com/document/452553495/UPDATED-2-15-PM-April-27-2020-Life-Sustaining-Business-FAQs

Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency To Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public

(Issued: 5/4/20)

This consolidated guidance issued by the Pa. Department of Health (Pa. DOH) describes procedures businesses must follow to conduct in-person operations in “yellow phase” counties reopening May 8.  Requirements include a workplace notice, designation of a Pandemic Safety Officer and a plan for responding to workplace exposure incidents.  A link is provided below with recommendations on how the business closure order is to be enforced.  The guidance indicates, “…local political units are not required to follow the Secretary’s building and business safety orders; however, they are advised to implement the protocols that it outlines to the extent practicable.”

Sources:

Press release: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-provides-business-guidance-as-counties-move-to-yellow-phase-on-may-8/

Consolidated guidance: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/20200504-COVID-19-Business-Guidance.pdf

Workplace notice: https://www.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-19-Reopening-Businesses-Flyer-8-5×11-1.pdf

Enforcement guidance: https://www.psp.pa.gov/Documents/Public%20Documents/Letter%20LEO%20Community.pdf

 First Responders and Law Enforcement

(Updated: 4/30/20)

The CDC has consolidated its police, fire and EMS COVID-19 guidance.  The updated webpage contains updated links addressing cleaning and disinfection practices (updated 4/28/20) and frequently asked questions (updated 4/27/20).

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/first-responders.html

What to Do if Your Pet Tests Positive for COVID-19 Virus

(Updated: 5/4/20)

Although the CDC considers the risk of COVID-19 animal to human infection low, animals including pet cats and dogs are vulnerable to the virus.  Accordingly, the CDC has issued guidance on how to protect pets and their owners.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/positive-pet.html

Stretching PPE Supplies

(Updated: 5/5/20)

This CDC guidance updates prior recommendations for optimizing limited personal protective equipment supplies.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/index.html

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

(Updated: 5/4/20)

The CDC updated its COVID-19 FAQs to reflect recent developments with respect to isolation release criteria, cleaning and disinfection practices and pet exposures.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

General Business Frequently Asked Questions

(Updated: 5/3/20)

The CDC updated its General Business FAQs to reflect recent developments in return-to-work criteria and updated facility cleaning and disinfection practices.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/general-business-faq.html

Additional guidance:

Recommended cleaning and disinfection procedures for various surfaces: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

Flow chart to guide cleaning and disinfection decisions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/pdf/ReOpening_America_Cleaning_Disinfection_Decision_Tool.pdf

Cleaning and Disinfection for Households

(Updated: 5/13/20)

The CDC updated its recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting of households where persons under investigation or those with confirmed COVID-19 live or are self-isolating.

Of special interest is guidance for electronic devices, including the use of wipeable covers.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html

FEMA Exercise Starter Kit for Workshop on Reconstituting Operations

(Released: 5/12/20)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided a workshop template designed to help organizations plan for the reopening of idled operations.  The Exercise Starter Kit includes a sample facilitator guide and customizable PowerPoint slides.

The discussion questions focus on four themes: People, Facilities, Messaging and Communications, and Resources and Logistics. The intended end product of the workshop is a practical reconstitution plan specific to the organization.

Source:

https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/188077

Factors to Consider When Planning to Purchase Respirators from Another Country

(Last reviewed: 5/11/20)

Domestic shortages of respirators approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have resulted in public employers purchasing respirators from foreign suppliers which have not been vetted by NIOSH.  Some of the alternate equipment has been found to underperform when compared to NIOSH-approved equipment.  This has recently lead to respirator recalls by public health authorities in Illinois and Missouri.  On this webpage the CDC offers guidance for those looking to purchase respirators which lack NIOSH approval.   Also provided are tips for spotting counterfeit respirators.

Sources:

Guidelines for purchasing non-U.S. respirators: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/international-respirator-purchase.html

Guidelines for spotting counterfeit respirators: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/usernotices/counterfeitResp.html

When to Wear Gloves

(Last reviewed: 5/9/20)

The CDC has not recommended that impermeable gloves be worn as a general public health precaution against the COVID-19 virus.  Frequent hand washing or use of minimum 60% alcohol hand sanitizer is the preferred infection control method to minimize dermal exposures.  There are situations, however, when impermeable gloves should be worn.  This CDC guidance reviews the activities for which use of impermeable gloves is recommended (e.g., cleaning and disinfection, caring for someone who is sick and in certain occupational settings).

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/gloves.html

What Waste Collectors and Recyclers Need to Know about COVID-19

(Last reviewed:  5/7/20)

In this guidance, the CDC summarizes current infection control recommendations for sanitation employees.  Practical precautions to minimize employee exposures to infected individuals continue to be emphasized.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/waste-collection-recycling-workers.html

Schools and Child Care Programs

(Last reviewed: 5/7/20)

This CDC webpage provides practical infection control guidelines applicable to municipal day care operations.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM28083

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

(Updated: 5/6/20)

This updated CDC guidance is intended to aid employers looking to resume normal or phased operations.  Guidelines for conducting optional daily employee health checks including temperature monitoring are also presented.

Sources:

Updated business and employer guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM28083

Guidance for conducting employee health screenings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/general-business-faq.html

(See the Frequently Asked Question: Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 in Workplaces – Should we be screening employees for COVID-19 symptoms (such as temperature checks)?  What is the best way to do that?)

Employees: How to Cope with Job Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Last reviewed:  5/5/20)

The CDC offers practical recommendations for how general employees can practice emotional self-care during the outbreak.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mental-health-non-healthcare.html

Healthcare Personnel and First Responders: How to Cope with Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Last reviewed: 5/5/20)

The CDC offers practical recommendations for how healthcare workers and first responders can practice emotional self-care during the outbreak.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mental-health-healthcare.html

FBI Criminal History Background Check Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

(Dated: 5/15/20)

The Pa. Department of Human Services posted an updated FAQ which offers guidance on obtaining Pa. CPSL-mandated FBI criminal history certifications during the COVID-19 crisis.  Select IdentoGO fingerprint scanning locations are reportedly open for business.  A mobile option is also available for employers requiring scans for groups of 20 or more.

https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Documents/Coronavirus%202020/Fingerprinting%20FAQs%205.15.pdf

(Credit to the Pa. Recreation and Park Society for “scooping” this document.)

Guidelines for Reopening America

This CDC guidance provides recommendations on reopening, including specific guidelines applicable to child care programs, day camps, and restaurants and bars.

(Issued:  5/20/20)

Press Release:

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0520-cdc-resources-open.html

Guidance:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/php/CDC-Activities-Initiatives-for-COVID-19-Response.pdf

Child Care Programs – See Page 38

Schools and Day Camps – See Page 42

Restaurants and Bars – See Page 49

For Parents: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19

(Updated: 5/20/22)

This CDC guidance is intended to educate parents on a serious condition in children associated with COVID-19 infection.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children/mis-c.html.

Summer Recreation, Camps and Pools

(Issued: 5/22/20)

This Pa. Department of Health guidance provides operational recommendations for summer recreation, camps and pools in yellow and green phase counties.

Press Release:

https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-releases-summer-camp-and-recreation-guidance/

Frequently Asked Questions:

https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/20200522-Department-of-Health-2020-Summer-Program-FAQ.pdf

Referenced CDC Document:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

(Last Reviewed: 5/23/20)

This CDC guidance provides current recommendations for using cloth face coverings.   These are especially important to prevent the spread of the virus by infected but asymptomatic individuals.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Interim Guidelines for COVID-19 Antibody Testing

(Last Reviewed: 5/23/20)

This CDC guidance addresses the benefits and limitations of antibody testing.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/resources/antibody-tests-guidelines.html

When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19

(Last Reviewed: 5/24/20)

This CDC guidance provides current recommendations for when it is safe for individuals who have been ill with COVID-19 to be around others.  It addresses several exposure scenarios.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html

If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone

(Last Reviewed: 5/24/20)

This CDC guidance provides current recommendations for taking care of yourself or others who are ill with COVID-19.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/index.html

Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

(Last Reviewed: 5/27/20)

This CDC guidance provides current recommendations for infection prevention and response at public pools and other aquatic venues.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/aquatic-venues.html

Updated Guidance for Food and Beverage Services in Yellow and Green Phase Counties

(Issued: 5/27/20)

New orders issued by Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine include actionable guidance for outdoor dining establishments in Yellow and Green Phase counties.

Press Release:  https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-issues-updated-green-phase-order-guidance-on-dining-and-professional-sports/

Governor’s Order: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/20200527-TWW-green-phase-order.pdf

Secretary of Health’s Order: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/20200527-SOH-Green-Phase-Order.pdf

Delaware Valley Health Trust Members (DVHT)

Posted: March 12, 2020 –

DVHT is working with Aetna and CVS Health to support our members’ health and wellbeing in response to the spread of COVID-19.

DVHT members who think they were exposed or are presenting symptoms compatible with COVID-19 should first CALL their primary health care provider for guidance.

The Delaware Valley Health Trust Center located in Horsham, PA is currently pre-screening anyone with respiratory/flu like symptoms and are treating, as appropriate, telephonically.  In addition, the Health Center cannot “clear” patients to return to work after 24-48 hours of cold symptoms. Such clearance can be provided after three days of absence. Important Note: the Health Center does not provide COVID-19 testing at this time.

Effective immediately and until further notice, DVHT members will have access to the following Aetna/CVS Health resources:

Updated June 2, 2020 11:30 a.m. 

  • COVID-19 testing – As mandated by the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, members are eligible for COVID-19 testing and doctor visits at no cost.
  • Inpatient COVID-19 treatment – Member cost shares are waived for inpatient admissions at all in-network and out-of-network facilities for the treatment of COVID-19 or associated health complications. Extended through September 30, 2020.
  • Behavioral and mental health telemedicine visits – Member cost shares are waived for all in-network outpatient behavioral and mental health telemedicine visits (synchronous virtual care through live video-conferencing between the member and mental health provider). Extended through September 30, 2020.
  • Prior authorization for medication – Clinical prior authorizations are extended to prevent gaps in therapy (includes Specialty Medications). Extended by an additional 90 days, up to nine months, not to exceed the member’s plan benefit year or December 31, 2020.

Cost share waivers for the following services will expire on June 4, 2020.  Members can still take advantage of these services however applicable member cost shares will apply after June 4, 2020:

  • TelaDoc – all visits including general medical and mental health.
  • Telemedicine – all in-network visits including general medical and dermatology.
  • MinuteClinic virtual visit – video visits with providers.

Posted March 19, 2020:

  • Outreach to members most at-risk for COVID-19.  Through existing care management programs, Aetna will proactively reach out to members most at-risk for COVID-19. Care managers will walk members through what they can do to protect themselves, where to get information on the virus, and where to go to get tested.
  • Members who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a Care Package through Aetna’s Healing Better program.  Eligibility for this program will be determined by Aetna through the adjudication of claims with the appropriate diagnosis code. Please note DVHT will not be able to override Aetna claim determinations for eligibility. If you think you are eligible for the care package, please contact Aetna Member Services by calling the number reflected on the back of your Aetna ID card.  In addition,CVS Health has implemented the following resources to educate members about COVID-19 and help address any associated anxiety and stress:

Posted May 6, 2020 – On April 28, 2020 the Department of the Treasury and Department of Labor issued joint rules and EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01, Guidance and Relief for Employee Benefit Plans Due to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Outbreak, announcing extensions on certain time frames with federal COBRA and reimbursement plans like FSAs and HRAs. (A copy of the notice is attached.) Highlights include:

  • This extension applies to both the standard COBRA 60-day election time frame as well as the 30-day grace period for premium payments. This means qualified beneficiaries can elect COBRA coverage and make payments up until 60 days after the end of the COVID-19 outbreak period.
  • The deadline for individuals filing a claim for benefits under health FSAs and HRAs has also been extended.
  • The above noted extensions are retroactive to March 1, 2020, the declared beginning date of the COVID-19 national emergency.
  • President Donald Trump has not yet declared an end date for the COVID-19 national emergency. Sixty days after the COVID-19 national emergency is declared over, the above noted extensions will be discontinued.

Wellness Program Update

Updated:  May 28, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

    • Please expect slight delays in wellness incentive and reimbursement processing. For submissions received during months affected by the pandemic, please allow approximately 6-8 weeks for processing.
    • All on-site wellness events and services scheduled through June 30 have been cancelled. The wellness team will be contacting entities with scheduled events to reschedule. Events scheduled after June 30 will be addressed as the situation progresses. Wellness Presentations & Health Fairs are available remotely via webinar or other digital platforms. Entity leadership may submit requests for remote wellness services here or contact the Health Trust Wellness Team.
    • Questions – please email wellness@dvtrusts.com.

Updated May 28, 2020 at 8:15 a.m.

Weight Watchers Reimbursement: Due to COVID-19, the Health Trust Weight Watchers Reimbursement requirements for in-person meeting attendance has been “relaxed” for March through June 2020. Proof of payment is required.

Gym Reimbursement: The Health Trust Gym Membership Reimbursement requirement of 8 visits per month has been “relaxed” for the months of March through June 2020. Members will not need to show 8 or more visits/workouts in these months to earn a reimbursement up to $25 for those particular months. Proof of payment is required. Home exercise equipment is not eligible for reimbursement.

Please contact the Health Trust Wellness Team at wellness@dvtrusts.com for with questions or for more information.

COVID-19 Resources for Public Entities

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. –

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

PA Department of Health:

Coronavirus Information – Learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and connect with resources for Pennsylvanians.

PA Office of Open Records (OOR):

The OOR has issued advice relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Sunshine Act. Click here for details.

The OOR has issued advice relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Right-to-Know Law. Click here for details.

What Makes Us Different

The Delaware Valley Trusts are risk sharing pools with over 160 public entity members in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

 

Managed Risk. Collective Rewards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to selecting health, workers’ compensation, or property & liability insurance, public entities need predictability and superior coverage at the lowest responsible cost. Delaware Valley Trusts members enjoy stable rates that defy industry trends while taking advantage of broader coverage, cash dividends, rate credits, multi-trust discounts, exceptional member service, and a wide array of exclusive value-added options. See why our risk-sharing pools offer a compelling, cost-effective alternative to the volatile commercial market.

Testimonials

As a Borough Manager, I am constantly blown away by the response I receive as a member of the Delaware Valley Trusts. The Trust’s value-added programs such as training, legal guidance and loss control resources are more than just benefits – they set the DVT apart from any other liability coverage provider!

John Davis
Manager
Doylestown Borough

Testimonials

“I can’t say enough about the high-quality customer service provided by the DVT staff. It is always nice to speak with someone who knows you and whom you have actually met face to face and not just contacting an impersonal call center. “

Don Delamater
Manager
Lower Providence Township

Testimonials

“The most positive aspect about becoming a member was access to DVT staff who were very supportive during our transition to DVT initially, and have remained so year after year. DVT offers prompt and professional support at every level of the organization.”

Daniel K. Kerr
Manager
Limerick Township

Testimonials

The goals of the Trusts are the most closely aligned with the goals of our elected officials in providing quality health care to our employees than the other trusts and commercial providers. In addition, the service provided by the Trust is outstanding.

Jerry A. Andree
Township Manager
Cranberry Township

Testimonials

I can’t say enough about how the Delaware Valley Workers’ Compensation program continues to provide great benefits and excellent service to its participants over the many years the program has been in effect. We particularly appreciate the assistance of Peter Erndwein and Risk Control team for their help to keep our employees working safe. The Rate Stabilization Fund, multi-trust discount, dividend and loss control/safety grants are just icing on the cake.

Larry Gregan
Manager
Montgomery Township

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8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Canceled: Defensive Driving for Trucks

Open to DVWCT and DVPLT members at no cost.  Must register through the Trust to avoid billing.

This course consists of four hours in the classroom and four hours of practical driving skills.  The goal of the course is to train truck drivers in collision prevention techniques.  In teaching these techniques, the course also promotes an attitude of mutual understanding, courtesy and cooperation on the road.  Topics covered include: general backing techniques, foul weather driving, crash avoidance, parking lot driving and braking techniques.

Attendees should bring a work truck to class in order to participate in the practical evaluations. Students must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid Pennsylvania Operator’s License (CDL if applicable).

Lunch is not included however there are a few restaurants nearby.

 

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4 June 2020
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Postponed: Public Entity Risk Management – Core Course, Penn State Public Entity Leadership Certificate Program

Open to DVWCT and DVPLT members at no cost.

This program provides an overview of risks and best risk management practices for the major functional departments within the public sector.

Lunch will be provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 June 2020
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Canceled: Police EVOC for SUV’s

Open to DVWCT and DVPLT members at no cost.  You must register through the Trust to avoid billing.

Police emergency vehicle operations courses (EVOC) are taught by seasoned police instructors.  The prime objectives of these hands-on, skill-based seminars are: (1) officer safety, (2) protection of innocents and (3) successful law enforcement.

This one (1) day course is designed for officers who routinely are assigned to drive a SUV or prisoner transport vehicles.  This course will provide officers with an opportunity to apply the skills they learned during the Basic EVOC course while driving a larger vehicle.  Defensive driving techniques and emergency response tactics will be demonstrated to and practiced by those attending.  The course will be 1/2 day behind the wheel driving skills that includes a response course as well as a skill course that will include backing.  Students must successfully complete written and practical exams to receive certification for the course.

Officers attending should report in old clothes by 8:00 a.m.

Officers attending must bring a police department owned SUV or prisoner van to drive on the driving range.

Lunch is not included however there are a few restaurants nearby.

 

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18 June 2020
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Postponed: Performance Management – Core Course, Penn State Public Entity Leadership Certificate Program

Class is full. Please call 267-803-5720 for wait list. Thank you.

Open to DVWCT and DVPLT members at no cost.

This seminar reviews the key elements of an effective performance management process including setting expectations, setting goals, using objectives/standards as performance measures and providing employee feedback.

Lunch will be provided.

 

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