If you’re a frontline professional, you know the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the newly proposed American Rescue Plan provides economic assistance for custodians and other American workers, their families, and preserves jobs for American industries.
- Individuals with adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 will receive the full amount of the next $1,400 stimulus. This will be distributed automatically, with no action required for eligible individuals. To check the status of that payment visit IRS.com/GetMyPayment.
- This money would be in addition to the $600 payments that were approved by Congress in December and sent out earlier this month – for a total of $2,000. **Economic Impact Payments, or EIPs, –commonly referred to as “stimulus checks” or “recovery rebates”– are passed to help reduce the financial burden of COVID-19 on individuals and their families. The payments are an advance of a temporary credit for 2020 (which you file taxes for in 2021).
- The new COVID-19 Relief would also fund the hiring of 100,000 public health workers, nearly tripling the community health workforce. This would provide support to long-term care facilities experiencing outbreaks. Under the latest proposal, people who are sick or quarantining, or caring for a child whose school is closed, will also receive 14 weeks of paid leave to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The government will reimburse some employers with fewer than 500 workers for the full cost of providing the leave.
- The plan also calls on Congress to invest $170 billion in K-12 schools and higher education, including $130 billion for schools to safely reopen. The new plan also proposes an additional $160 billion for a national vaccine program, including $20 billion for distribution, and an additional $50 billion for expanded testing. This will provide extra funds to purchase rapid tests, expanding lab capacity and helping schools implement regular testing to support reopening.
We understand the past year has been extremely difficult for custodians and other front-line professionals who have been over-extended trying to keep everyone safe, and we are thankful for your continued hard work.
As we continue to learn more, we will help to keep you up-to-date on information regarding COVID-19 relief and how it affects education and healthcare. The plan is still waiting for final approval from Congress, which requires a majority vote. Budget rules may prevent the Covid-19 relief from passing in its entirety, and some pieces may be restructured. For more of the latest information click HERE.
The end of the year is a time to reflect. We’ve heard it time and time again: 2020 is one for the record books. We all have different views and perspectives regarding the pandemic and it’s ensuing drama. This blog is not about who’s views are right or wrong, it’s about focusing on the positive outcomes of the pandemic and finding gratitude for those blessings. While most of us would probably prefer not to think about this past year, we can’t help but count all the reasons we have to be grateful here at Pike Systems.
RECOGNITION & RESPECT FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS
The pandemic has brought frontline workers and hidden heroes to the forefront of our consciousness – not only when they’re at risk or in the line of fire, but at all times. With the increased visibility and attention, we have all developed a greater understanding and appreciation of the jobs and the people who undertake such efforts for our health, safety and overall well-being.
PROPER AND THOROUGH CLEANING & HAND WASHING
Understanding of and frequent adherence to proper hygiene and sanitation has become a huge new part of our daily consciousness. Something that we often took for granted (and sometimes got sloppy about) has now become a strong consideration in nearly everything to do. From not only a business perspective, but also from a mother’s perspective, this gives me hope that we are well on the way to becoming more conscientious in this and other aspects of life.
This year has reminded us to step back and reevaluate the time spent with those closest to us. From finding creative ways to entertain our children to spending less time on the hustle and bustle of running errands, we’ve rediscovered quality time with our nearest and dearest. Navigating concepts and situations we never dreamed we’d have to address has actually brought us closer together.
INNOVATION & INGENUITY
Watching companies step up to solve complex problems just to stay in business has been incredibly restorative to my spirit. The collaborations and adaptations have renewed my faith in our ability to get through this, together. Innovating and setting a new course forward has been the reigning trend of 2020, and creative solutions to the unimagined challenges have continued to impress me: from the multitude of outdoor dining options, to the technological developments that have made working from home possible across so many industries.
We know this past year has been incredibly difficult, but together we will get through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to keeping the health and safety of your staff and building occupants the top priority in the new year, and we look forward to 2021 and the hope that it brings.
Pike Systems is excited for the launch of our new COVID training and cleaning audit tool. As we get closer to launching our new learning platform we’ll continue to dive into different capabilities it will offer. We understand our clients have different needs, which is why we chose a platform that is fully customizable to you.
Green Clean Audit
This platform makes inspecting, monitoring, and reporting easy and helps you demonstrate your school’s commitment to protecting health and safety while reducing risk. Use our audit tool to conduct cleanliness inspections, perform comprehensive facility assessments, keep records of training and education, and track business outcomes over time. Having a true commitment to cleaning and disinfecting has never been more important, and having an outlet that helps you stay organized and in compliance is a big relief.
Covid-19 Return to School Checklist
On the audit side of our Green Clean Audit tool you’ll be able to track measurable progress in the cleanliness of your buildings. This will help you stay prepared for the return of in person learning. We’ve built a return to school covid-19 checklist that will help you protect your staff and students, and give you documentation of doing your part to stay prepared per state guidelines. We’ve categorized this checklist based on providing protection for staff, preparing classrooms and offices, custodial supplies, and other aspects of Covid-19 preparedness. You’ll be able to reference your survey later and add pictures as documentation to stay organized. Then easily export data from audits into a PDF or excel sheet. Utilize other Covid-19 resources our Green Clean Audit tool has built in as well, including our training videos and reopening guidance. Together we’re here to help navigate and conquer reopening and staying safe.
Be on the lookout for more information to come regarding our new tool.
To bring in the holiday season we’re giving away 10 Pike1000 disinfectant sprayers to our loyal customers!
What does Pike1000 do?
Our patented Pike1000 sprayer helps disseminate Vital Oxide in a 1,000 square foot area in just one minute, cutting down on time and labor costs while safely disinfecting and killing the COVID-19 virus! Perfect solution for staying safe with the return to in person learning. Pike1000 is cord free and offers the fastest application of EPA approved disinfectants on the market. It also allows versatile coverage with 3 different spray patterns which guarantees no over-spray & 20 minutes of continuous spray. You can be confident you’re adequately covering your surfaces to accomplish a ten minute dwell time to properly disinfect.
Where will it help most?
Pike1000 can be used anywhere rapid application of disinfectant is needed. With the return to in person learning after winter break it would be great for school buses, classrooms, office buildings, hallways, restrooms, and more. Also, remembering to use it with List N disinfectants that are approved for wide-area spraying application is key. Remembering to pre-clean surfaces before using a disinfectant sprayer is another key part of the process. We’re all trying to continue fighting Covid-19, and Pike1000 makes that easier than ever!
How can I win a free Pike1000 for my team and I?
It’s easy! All you have to do is follow our social media channels and share content from December for extra entries. That’s it. Good luck!
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Pike Systems welcomes Tonya Obrochta to our Healthcare Team! Fighting infections like c. Diff has never been so critical. Tonya rounds out our healthcare team and is our first but not last Infection Preventionist!
With 27 years of Healthcare experience, Tonya is a leader in promoting best practices and quality assurance. Her career as a nurse in a variety of settings, launched a focus on Infection Prevention. For the past 6 years as an IP Nurse, she worked with policies/procedures, accreditation preparation, environmental services, ambulatory surgery, hospital/clinic and safety team. As the IP educator, Tonya participated in quality control measures, product safety and review, and served on the occupational health committee. The training, knowledge and dedication to best-practice clinical outcomes, allows her the unique opportunity to now partner with the industry. An active member of APIC, she holds certificates in Fundamentals of Infection surveillance, prevention & control, Epidemiologic principles, IP Strategies for the surgical setting, Infection Control programming and Meeting CMS Conditions for coverage for ASC’s. Tonya remains current in evidence-base guidelines and is actively working toward her IP certification in the Long-Term Care setting. Her focus on achieving clinical outcomes through training and processes for the healthcare facility, highlights her belief in the importance of reducing healthcare-associated infections.