To All Employees under CSKT including SKC, corporations, SKHA and all affiliated entities under the tribal government

Here is a new link for all CSKT Coronavirus information  https://csktribes.org/coronavirus-update

As of March 5, all non-essential work travel was cancelled. Thank you Department Heads for sorting through the tough questions and complications in carrying out that directive.

When Department Heads determine a trip is essential, permission must be obtained before filling out a purchase request for travel expenses. A written request must be sent to the Coronavirus Committee, which was established by Tribal Council Chairwoman Shelly Fyant. Council member Martin Charlo heads the committee. All requests should be sent to committee member Robert McDonald in the Communications Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Timeframe: This is a day-by-day, week-to-week situation on the travel freeze. The end to this situation is unknown at this time.

Hot Spots: Canadian Provinces Alberta and British Columbia are to be considered hot zones as of March 12. This applies to any travel done to Canada from this point on. In the United States, we are adding the state of Colorado to the previous list of states, California, Washington, Oregon, New York and Florida. Foreign hot spots: China, Iran, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy.

Montana Travel: We are under an essential travel mode. Essential trips through Montana do not trigger the 14-day stay home order.

Airport hubs are not considered hot spots. Travelers on essential travel who pass through hot state airport hubs are not considered traveling through a hot state.

As stated in the past, Employees who do travel to known hot spots, upon their return, they will be asked to remain out of the work place for 14 days. Department Heads may turn down PTO requests for people leaving for known hot spots. If a situation arises where an employee still travels to a hotspot, the employee should notify their supervisor in advance and discuss how the return and 14-day stay-out-of-work order will be handled. Department Heads may arrange for a person to work at home, use PTO, or if short of PTO operate on a Leave Without Pay status. Special consideration will be considered for those who are traveling for necessary medical care reasons. Employees who travel to known hot spots and return to work without telling their supervisor, if discovered, will be asked to leave the work place for 14 days and face potential disciplinary action. If there are questions, direct to the Coronavirus Committee. (Note, hotspots are always changing. If a location becomes a hot spot during a visit, upon return the employee should visit with their supervisor and plan for a 14-day stay-out-of-work order.)

Contractors who travel to CSKT offices from hot states will need to stay away so visits should be cancelled or, when possible, telecommunications should be used.

           For the safety and security of everyone, please adhere to our door access policy to limit unnecessary wandering people through our buildings. The Policy can be found on the CSKT Intranet in the docs under all documents (Security Policy)

CSKT’s Personnel Office is limiting their interviews. These changes are broken down in a separate memo.

Also, please apply social distancing measures. From the CDC COVID-19 Mitigation strategies, here are some guides.

Implement social distancing measures: Reduce activities (e.g., group congregation), especially for organizations with individuals at increased risk of severe illness.

           Consider offering video/audio of events.

  • • Determine ways to continue providing support services to individuals at increased risk of severe disease (services, meals, checking in) while limiting group settings and exposures.
  • • Cancel large gatherings or move to smaller groupings.
  • • For organizations that serve high-risk populations, cancel gatherings of more than 10 people.

Lastly, thank you all for your efforts in keeping our people safe. The longer we can keep this viral infection away, the greater service we provide. This is not convenient for anyone. Disruptions to work and essential services will happen, but if we can slow the infection and minimize the impact now, these inconveniences will be worth the effort.

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Memo from CSKT Personnel

March 12, 2020

To respond to the emerging and changing challenges posed by the expanding coronavirus, CSKT’s personnel department is making the following changes

  • In person interviews will be limited as much as possible. Interviews will now be conducted by phone, teleconference or postponed
  • New hire orientations will be done over the phone
  • If new hires have traveled to hot states before hire – either delay hire date or arrange to find work for them to do at home for 14 days from time of leaving the hot state
  • Supervisors may work with employees that are quarantined to work from home
  • If an employee is quarantined and does not have PTO to cover the time off, leave sharing is only be available if a Physician Statement for leave sharing is filled out by a physician.

Please be sure to get these signs posted in all restrooms.  You may also post then in other public places in your buildings.  You can print or email these posters by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right hand corner of poster.wash-your-hands-fact-sheet-corona.jpg

Please be sure to get these signs posted in all restrooms.  You may also post then in other public places in your buildings.  You can print or email these posters by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right hand corner of poster.

Please be sure to get these signs posted in all restrooms.  You may also post then in other public places in your buildings.  You can print or email these posters by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right hand corner of poster.Community_handout-Corona.jpg

Please be sure to get these signs posted in all restrooms.  You may also post then in other public places in your buildings.  You can print or email these posters by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right hand corner of poster.

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Housekeeping General Guidelines:  Below are recommended cleaning efforts for all facility types.

Maintaining cleanliness and well-maintained facilities may help to prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV, as is true for influenza and other viruses. 

Recommendations for general housekeeping include:

  • • Clean facilities routinely and effectively.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, door handles, handrails and telephones, as well as non-porous surfaces in bathrooms, sleeping areas, cafeterias and offices (e.g., floors), using an EPA-registered disinfectant that is active against viral pathogens.
  • • Maintain hand washing supplies: Soap, paper towels, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers. • Maintain general cleaning supplies and disinfectants that are effective against coronaviruses and other respiratory pathogens.
  • • Place waste baskets in visible locations and empty regularly.
  • • Ensure that waiting areas, TV rooms, and reading rooms have adequate ventilation (e.g., fans and open windows, if practical).
  • • Laundry can be washed in a standard washing machine with water and detergent.

*Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including

*Use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)precautions you should take when applying the product, and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

For all facility types: Conduct an inventory of your cleaning supplies.  Ensure the product being used contain an EPA Product Number.  The product number can be found on the container or on the associating SDS sheet that comes with the product.  Below is a link to verify if your product is a suggested product to effectively clean your facility.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released rcpt=This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.&;tss=1583427535&msgid=98b39302-5f02-11ea-869f-ad38f64994db&html=1&h=181709b7">a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

“Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “There is no higher priority for the Trump Administration than protecting the health and safety of Americans. EPA is providing this important information in a public and transparent manner on disinfectant products to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Products appearing on EPA’s list registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Consumers using these disinfectants on an enveloped emerging virus should follow the directions for use on the product’s master label, paying close attention to the contact time for the product on the treated surface (i.e., how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface).

To view the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products, visit rcpt=This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.&;tss=1583427535&msgid=98b39302-5f02-11ea-869f-ad38f64994db&html=1&h=d730976e">www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

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