Has anyone heard if there is any plan for Investigators concerning field work in areas where schools & offices may close due to Coronavirus? I’m beginning to get a little concerned as my city has confirmed 3 cases yesterday and the mayor has just cancelled all St. Patricks parades and Super Sunday.
Generic “pre-screening” questions and guidance from corporate. Most of my interviews are on military bases and, so far, everyone is still shaking hands (of course, I wash my hands after every interview session).
I have emailed in and requested guidance on what to do if our Subjects require in person TESI/ESI and are on telework due to office closure or too nervous to meet due to anxiety. I’m really hoping they will approve video calls as its expected to go on for a while. I have never completed one however I do recall seeing it is one of the options if approved. Waiting for response. I am fully prepared and will reassure all of my subjects and sources that I have gloves and masks on hand. This is going to make work a little more difficult than normal.
Additionally the mayor has now canceled all conventions at the convention center in my area. It’s just going to snowball from here on. Ugh.
They better not pull that BS (remember low-rate TESIs?) about paying less for interviews done by phone or video. My brain works the same and I put in the time.
Curious what is going to come of this. Albeit, I’m sure it will be fine, I’m feeling far more cautious about heading out for interviews tomorrow given all that’s occurred within the last hour.
Huge negative impact on our economy for sure. Outside of the previous cancellations mention yesterday, they have now called for all students in college dorms to move out and in person classes are suspended until end of semester in my city. It just gets worse and worse by the day. I hope we are able to continue working somehow around this.
PLEASE KNOW, I do not want to start any rumors, but I feel someone here may have the answer (possibly). So again, please know, this is just a question and not sure if credible.: I heard that DSCA Agents are “quarantined” and working from home. Is this true?
Not true. We are out and working, I leave for TDY in a week.
I haven’t heard anything as of yet. I don’t know any of the agents in my area. I really hope work doesn’t slow down and wish no illness on anyone but as a contractor, I’m hoping the full timers take some “pandemic fear” vacation time or sick leave that they would typically be using this time of year anyways for spring break and shift that work to me. I must stay working.
We are not quarantined – still working as normal.
Thank you for responding. Much appreciated!
I understand completely.
Ok just making sure. Thank you!
I’m assuming, and hoping, some sort of guidance will be released tomorrow.
So the governor of Louisiana just canceled all K through 12 schools until mid April. All colleges closing, telling students to move out, classes online only, all of my major city’s upcoming festivals and activities including conventions are cancelled or rescheduled to the Fall. I’ve been keeping my son home since Wednesday anyway out of abundance of caution. But as for my area, the snowball effect closures continue. I began stockpiling food and other necessities about a month ago to get ahead of the current shortages in stores. Pandemic Spring Break 2020 my teenagers are calling it. March is cancelled. Argghhh…
Funny how this didn’t happen with the swine flu…
Agreed! I am not sure why “now” the media is causing people to become hysterical. There were also cases of Ebola during the previous administration (and the swine flu like you stated). No one closed schools, offices, etc
Well Ebola was different, it wasn’t a virus that you could catch easily. It was by bodily fluid transmission, close contact. There were very few cases in the U.S.
I do agree with the closures and reducing social contact, it will help. China and Italy were late to realize what they should have done, then it was just too late to stop it.
My TDY was cancelled. Hearing big changes may be coming down on Monday. My guess is a liberal use of phone and VTC but who knows.
Wellll, we need some answers sooner rather than later. We heard guidance was supposed to come yesterday. I am probably going to postpone scheduled interviews until we get guidance as a precaution.