***UPDATED 3.23.20 - 1PM
CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES ASKED TO DONATE THEIR STOCKS OF N95 RESPIRATOR MASKS TO LOCAL HOSPITALS
At the March 17, 2020 Coronavirus Task Force press conference, Vice President Mike Pence asked construction companies to donate their stocks of N95 respirator masks to their local hospitals and stop ordering more for the time being. This call comes in the middle of a major shortage of these kinds of masks, which get their name from being able to block at least 95 percent of 0.3 micron particles.
“These industrial masks that they use on construction sites are perfectly acceptable for health care workers to be protected from a respiratory disease,” Pence said. “What we ask construction companies — which our president knows very well from his background — we are asking them to donate their N95 masks to their local hospitals and also forgo making additional orders.”
Because of their ability to filter out these very small particles, these N95 respirators are often used by construction workers on sites where there is a lot of dust. Currently, these masks are in critically short supply. While health agencies discourage the use of masks for the general population, many people have bought them anyway, severely exacerbating this shortage.
Sacramento Region Health Care facilities are carefully managing personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to help ensure the safety of the health care professionals caring for our community.
Due to this unprecedented crisis, health systems are seeking to secure additional PPE from conventional and unconventional sources, including receiving donations from the construction industry.
Health Systems are seeking donations for the following PPE (new and unopened):
Construction companies who are able to provide donations are encouraged to share them and contact the personnel of the following health systems directly to coordinate donations:
Dignity Health (Mercy General, Mercy Folsom, Mercy San Juan, Methodist, Sierra Nevada Memorial and Woodland Memorial Hospitals)
Kaiser Permanente (Sacramento Region Hospitals)
Sutter Hospitals serving Sacramento, Roseville, Auburn, Amador, and the Coast
Sutter Hospitals serving Davis, Vallejo, Modesto and Tracy
UC Davis Medical Center
SRBX & CIEF Response to Coronavirus
The evolving circumstances and health precautions around coronavirus (COVID-19) has compelled the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange (SRBX) and our not-for-profit Construction Industry Education Foundation (CIEF) to take the following steps in the interest of the health and welfare of our members and staff.
Effective today, the majority of SRBX and CIEF staff will be working remotely and our main office will remain open with limited staffing. All staff are available by phone/email and are fully committed to serving our members and industry at this time.
All SRBX/CIEF Board and Committee Meetings will take place via videoconferencing or conference call. Additional details regarding already scheduled meetings will be sent out to those individuals participating in these meetings.
The SRBX Plan room is fully operational and we encourage SRBX members to review the more than 1,600 plans currently available online. Staff is available to assist you with any needs.
The NEXT St. Patrick's Day Brewfest which was scheduled for tomorrow, March 17th, has been rescheduled for a date to be determined. Information regarding the rescheduled date will be sent out when available.
The SRBX Safety Expo scheduled for April 8th and 9th at Cosumnes River College will be rescheduled. Information regarding the rescheduled date will be sent out when available.
The CIEF Southern California Design Build Competition scheduled for April 18th and 19th at Reliable Wholesale Lumber has been cancelled. While every effort was made to look at alternative dates for this competition, we do not feel that we could provide the quality needed for this event after students return to schools prior to the end of the school year. We will be providing information about the 2021 Southern California Design Build Competition this summer.
The CIEF Northern California Design Build Competition scheduled for May 6th and 7th at Cosumnes River College will be rescheduled. New dates will be determined after students return to campus and revised spring schedules are available.
The CIEF Clay Shoot scheduled for May 15th at Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve and the SRBX Spring Golf Outing scheduled on May 29th at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course fall outside the current gathering recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health. As such, both are planned to be held as scheduled. Should the need to postpone these events occur, this information will be communicated to all sponsors and registrants.
SRBX and CIEF take your health and safety very seriously. We will continue to monitor announcements and reports from state and national health agencies for additional directives and will take appropriate measures to continue to protect the health of our members, event guests, visitors, and staff. Up to date information can be found online at www.srbx.org .
As always, thank you for your membership and support of SRBX and CIEF.