COVID-19 Update from NDHIA QCS to Field Service, Labs, DRPCs and Board

Jay Mattison, National DHIA

Quote of the week from the field amidst all the COVID-19 news and impact:

“I can milk my cows, but I can’t manage my herd without DHI.”

There has been a lot of information regarding the COVID-19 situation in the last days.  Needless to say in today’s fast moving communication channels there are many different versions and delivery of resources.  There is a lot of good information available but bringing the key pieces to the DHI system is NDHIA’s and QCS’s intent.  Many of the resources listed on the NDHIA website have been validated as a reliable and recognized piece by public health and governmental authorities.

 





 

National DHIA has a special web page that is accessible only by this direct link.  So use this link and bookmark it for an easy way to return.  http://www.dhia.org/covid19.asp

Linked below are two key items for your information. One is a PDF of key topics for NDHIA, QCS and DHIA services and the DHI System.  Another is a resource sheet prepared by Steven Sievert on using Zoom as a communications tool during limited travel and physical (social) distancing.

Next week we will be updating the NDHIA Resource area with employee and employer materials as resources for the DHI system.  There are many changes and new updates to federal labor programs.

Some key points of the COVID-19 situation are:

The health and safety of the dairy herds and their staffs and DHI system organizations and their staffs are a high priority – while also minimizing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

Precautions as outlined in the CDC guidelines should be followed to lower or prevent exposure to the COVID-19 virus.  The key ones are:

DHI systems services have been determined to be essential under the guidelines of the CISA guidelines as part of the dairy and food production section.

  • Communicate with the dairy herd owner or manager to follow their wishes or procedures while on the dairy herd premises.
  • Hand washing should be often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If cough or sneeze occurs, cover with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Alternatively cough or sneeze into arm or coat or shirt sleeves.
  • Always wear milking gloves to prevent direct hand to material contact.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces – especially door knobs or restrooms. Disinfectant wipes or cleaners and disposable towels are best for disinfecting.
  • Physical (social) distancing of six (6) feet should be practiced such as when in the milking parlor or lab and there is a need to pass by people.

Thanks for all the discussions and thoughts and ideas over the last days.  From the staff at National DHIA and QCS have a great weekend!

Links:

Key topics for NDHIA, QCS and DHIA services and the DHI System

Resource sheet prepared by Steven Sievert Zoom

 

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