Coronavirus News & Resources

Updated 3/31/20 - (Latest News in RED)

By now, we are all well aware of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, but let’s take a closer look at controls to help slow transmission of the virus in our communities. Municipal facilities are normally locations the public visits to conduct business and attend public gatherings. From this standpoint, the community spread of this virus can be more easily transmitted from within our facilities. Community spread means that people have the potential to be infected by the virus through general contact means and not necessarily directly from an infected individual. Municipalities must consider community mitigation measures to help slow the transmission spread of the virus, especially with the absence of a current vaccine available to control the spread medically.

Updated - Today's "Deep Breath Moment": Today is National Doctors' Day. To all the doctors and healthcare professionals putting your lives on the line to fight this virus, we thank you. You make New York proud.

Updated - Governor Cuomo has directed the state nonessential workforce to continue to work from home for an additional two weeks through April 15th. In-person workforce restrictions, which have been implemented through various executive orders are also extended until April 15th.

The Comp Alliance provides program members wth access to the Comp Alliance Academy which contains topical webinars, videos, quizzes and other trainingComp Alliance Academy Logo resources along with access to an extensive video library through Safety Source.

In light of the current Coronavirus Pandemic, the Comp Alliance has made some relevant training tools available publicly. Please utilize these training courses to help with you safety efforts during this challenging time.

  pdf Crisis Event Preparation Course Material (2.13 MB)

  pdf Worker Fatigue Course Material (1.23 MB)

  pdf Computer Workstation Ergonomics Course Material (2.11 MB)

The Comp Alliance recently partnered with Safety Source delivering more than 850 safety training videos to Comp Alliance members free of charge. The videos are effective, easy to understand, and a great supplement to your training programs.  Coronavirus Screen Shot

Safety Source has four videos we would like to highlight that can benefit program members during the Coronavirus pandemic:

  • Coronavirus - COVID 19 Know Your Risk
  • Pandemic Flue: Facts and Prevention
  • Proper Hand Washing Techniques
  • Workplace Stress-The Basics

This video library can be accessed by registered Comp Alliance members by logging in to Safety Source and searching by title. Program members can request a login by emaling This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The NYS Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) has temporarily suspended the requirements for original signatures on several forms because many people are working from home due to COVID-19. For details please Click Here.

Given the spread of the COVID-19 virus, public entities throughout New York State are utilizing limited on-site staff and working remotely. Coronavirus Comp Alliance

The Comp Alliance has developed a helpful abbreviated client service kit for at home use. Please pdf Click Here (1.78 MB) to download this kit.This kit includes contact information for our service team, steps for filing claims, and common claim filing forms.

Much of our service team is now working remotely but employees have access to all our computer systems, claim files, and email.  In addition we will continue to have key staff members in the office to perform essential functions, including check printing, to ensure that all payments to injured employees and services providers are made on an uninterrupted basis.

Given the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we want to assure our Comp Alliance Members that we are taking your employee health, community health, and that of our staff as a top priority. We want to assure all clients of the Comp Alliance that we are working diligently to meet the extraordinary challenges presented by the Coronavirus. In order to ensure the protection of our own employees, we are currently working with most of our staff remotely.  

These employees have access to all our computer systems, claim files, and email.  Phone calls to their desk phones are being electronically routed to their home or cell phones in real time. Our claim examiners will be able to perform 100% of the functions they normally perform at our office.  In addition we will continue to have key staff members in the office to perform essential functions, including check printing, to ensure that all payments to injured employees and services providers are made on an uninterrupted basis. 

The Governor of New York recently issued a statement making it mandatory for businesses, including local government, to reduce workforce outside theworkfromhome home to 50%. This rule does not apply to essential services, but the majority of municipalities will be affected. The impact of workplace safety will be dramatically affected from this reduction in workforce. Essential municipal operations include many high-hazard functions which can only be safely completed with multiple employee involvement. The majority of highway and public work operations can be considered high-hazard and it remains critical that department heads consider the safety of a reduced staff, to complete tasks which normally are considered safe. Not only might field work safety be compromised, but the safety of garage (mechanics) and office staff may as well.

A typical best practice for employee safety is to use the ‘Strength in Numbers’ rule, where employees work together with co-workers present to provide support in the event of an emergency, be it for a physical issue, dealing with troublesome customers, or during heavy-load work (i.e. mechanical). Co-workers have each other’s back during these conditions, so the reduction in work-force creates an increased risk during these work situations.

Upcoming Events

01 Apr 2020
08:00AM - 05:00PM
-Cancelled- NY GFOA Annual Conference
01 Apr 2020
10:30AM - 12:00PM
-Postponed- Regional Safety Seminar - VO Southampton
01 Apr 2020
08:00AM - 05:00PM
-Cancelled- NY GFOA Annual Conference