COVID-19 Policies & Guidelines
The Training Fund is dedicated to the safety and health of our members, staff, and partners during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.
Here you can find our in-office policies, our partners’ COVID-19 policies, health and safety guidelines, and up-to-date COVID-19 and vaccination information.
Our COVID-19 Policies
The Training Fund is starting to schedule limited in-person appointments again. Most of our staff are still working virtually and remotely. The Training Fund has implemented new COVID-19 policies regarding in-person appointments and guest visits to help keep our staff and members healthy and virus-free.
- All persons over the age of two (2) who enter the Training Fund office must be fully vaccinated or wear a mask. Proof of vaccination is required.
- If a guest has a disability or a medical condition that makes it hard to wear a mask they must notify the front desk.
- Guests who are unable to wear a mask or prove vaccination will be asked to keep a six-foot (6) distance away from employees and guests.
- All guests will have their temperature taken at the door.
- All guests will be required to fill out a COVID-19 screening questionnaire.
- Any guests that indicate they have COVID-19 symptoms will be referred for a COVID test and asked to leave. We ask guests not to return until they feel healthy, have gone 24 hours without a fever or without use of any fever reducing medication, and with improving symptoms, or until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared or they provide a negative COVID test.
- Disposable masks will be available at the front desk.
- Employees are required to be vaccinated, unless exempted by state or federal law.
- Staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms each time they arrive to work.
- Staff may choose to wear a mask or protective equipment, regardless of vaccination status.
- Staff must wash hands regularly.
- Staff will clean high contact areas throughout the office multiple times a day. A general cleaning of the office will be performed daily.
- Staff will not be allowed in the office if sick with COVID-19 or any other infections.
Our Partners' COVID-19 Policies
Our employer, college, and union partners have outlined their own COVID-19 protocols for visitors and staff.
Please be aware of the COVID-19 safety protocols and possible vaccination requirements at the location you may be visiting or the school you are attending. Check our partners’ websites for their details:
- PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
- SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
The following are Washington guidelines for various sectors:
If you are vaccinated and want have an easy way to show your proof of vaccination without carrying your card around, you can take a photo or try out these different options recommended by the Washington Department of Health.
General COVID-19 Information and Resources
Basic COVID-19 Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the virus SARS-Cov-2. Most people who contract COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms, but others can become very ill. While most will get better from COVID-19 within a week, some will experience post-COVID conditions. Older people and those with certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severly ill from COVID-19. Vaccines against COVID-19 are proven safe and effective.
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and small particles that contains the virus. These droplets can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, nose, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than six (6) feet to an infected person are most likely to get infected.
COVID-19 spreads in three main ways:
- Breathing in air when close to an infected person.
- Having small droplets containing the virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through coughs and sneezes.
- Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.
How can I protect myself?
The best protection against COVID-19 is the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are free and readily available. Visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/Vaccine to learn more about the vaccine and where to get vacinated.
Wearing face masks while in public indoors and outdoors can protect you and others from spreading the virus.
Hand washing and sanitizing on a regular basis is another good practice to prevent COVID-19 infections.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The main symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Muscle/body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomitting