COVID-19 CAGC Member Facebook Discussion Group

Join the Facebook GroupCarolinas AGC has created a private Facebook group for members to discuss Coronavirus issues, share ideas, gain support, offer suggestions and generally be a part of an online community during these uncertain times. Please be sure to read our page guidelines and answer the two required yes/no questions before requesting to join the group.

Vaccination Information

Distribution

Update: Because the CDC is changing the vaccine distribution priority recommendations to prioritize adults age 65 and under with an underlying health condition above all essential workers, both North and South Carolina have revised each state's priority list in light of this new guidance, as well. 

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the NC Department of Health and Human Services have issued their COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Prioritization Plans that we have included in the links below.  Please note that in SC, construction workers are listed in Phase 1c with expected vaccinations in early Spring.  In NC, construction workers are listed in phase 4 but there is no information regarding when these vaccinations may be available.  As the vaccination rollout continues, the prioritization of groups may change as well as the expected dates of distribution so please make sure you are sharing the most timely information with your employees.  Also, please be aware that some of your employees may qualify for earlier vaccine distribution based on their age or health condition. 

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SC DHEC Survey

SC Department of Health and Environment Control (DHEC) released information on the Phase 1b vaccination plan and asked South Carolina businesses to fill out a survey to determine how many frontline essential workers are eligible for the vaccine within the Phase 1b category.

Phase 1b will include workers in health care settings not vaccinated in 1a, persons living and working in shared or overcrowded environments with an increased risk of COVID-19 infection, and frontline essential workers.

DHEC notes that their definition of frontline essential worker is different than the Homeland Security definition.

Per DHEC, frontline essential workers are defined as those in business sectors essential to the functioning of society and who are at substantially higher risk of exposure to COVID-19; that is, their occupational risk is above the risk of the general population. DHEC provides specific criteria for high exposure risk here:

  • Those who have frequent or sustained contact with coworkers, including under close working conditions indoors or in poorly ventilated spaces in various types of industrial, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and other critical infrastructure workplaces.
  • Those who have frequent indoor or poorly ventilated contact with the general public, including workers in retail stores, grocery stores or supermarkets, pharmacies, transit and transportation operations, law enforcement and emergency response operations, restaurants, and bars.

Phase 1c will include people age 65 and older, ages 16-64 with chronic conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19, and essential workers not vaccinated in 1b.

DHEC is asking businesses to fill out this survey to help them allocate their limited vaccine supply.

The survey also allows businesses to indicate whether they would like to be a vaccine provider.

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PPP Guidance

January 2021 - Funding Available
New round of Paycheck Protection Program funding opens to lenders January 11, 2021.

Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration has released three additional guidance documents concerning the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  They are:


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Advocacy

AGC of America Action Alerts

Take Action!

PPP Loan Deductibility

Tell Congress and the President to enact legislation this year to protect construction jobs by blocking a surprise federal tax increase of up to 37 percent on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness. If Congress fails to act by the end of the year, thousands of construction jobs funded through PPP loans could be in jeopardy because, rather than 100 percent of PPP funds going to payroll, rent, utility payments, and mortgage interest, up to 37 percent will go to the IRS instead.

Take Action!

Keep Construction Essential

We need your support to keep construction essential! Join Associated General Contractors of America and tell your local, state, and federal officials how the construction industry has worked in a safe and essential manner and to continue treating the construction industry and the work it performs as essential.

Taking action is easy.
Simply complete the form on AGC of America's website to submit a pre-written message as is or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your company.


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State Resources

North Carolina Resources:


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National Resources

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AGC of America COVID-19 Overview

AGC is committed to providing its members with valuable resources and updates during these challenging times. In addition to this webpage, AGC has compiled a website dedicated to working safely during COVID-19.

Working Safe during COVID-19 

COVID-19 Epidemic Rider for Construction Contracts

This COVID-19 Rider is an AGC of America member-only resource to address COVID-19 risks in construction contracts being signed today and going forward. In addition to the Rider is contract language to be inserted into subcontracts going forward. The language in the COVID-19 Epidemic Rider maybe used with a ConsensusDocs standard construction contract, which is endorsed by AGC and other industry organizations, as well as American Institute of Architects (AIA) A201 general conditions, and bespoke construction contracts and subcontracts. AGC is also providing an alternative short form version of the COVID-19 Rider for those that want an alternative more abbreviate contract language.

OSHA

OSHA LogoOSHA has issued federal standards for COVID-19 and has prepared a publication to help employers prepare for COVID-19 in order to reduce the impact of outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public. More information can also be found on the OSHA Website COVID-19 Health and Safety Page including:

ARTBA

ARTBA Coronavirus Outbreak Resources

ARTBA LogoARTBA has compiled information from a variety of resources to help keep its members and other transportation construction professionals informed on key issues related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Resources include:

  • Safety Resources
  • Government Affairs Resources
  • Government Agencies
Note: ARTBA’s regularly updated “Transportation Project Impacts State-by-State Compilation,” “Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on State & Local Transportation Revenues,” and several special webinar recordings are available in the MEMBERS ONLY section of our website.
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US Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor provides a variety of Coronavirus resources on a variety of topics including:

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Federal Motor Carrier Safety AdministrationFMCSA has compiled information, resources and COVID-19 relief measures on its COVID-19 webpage. Information includes:

  • FMCSA Hours of Service National Emergency Declaration
  • Cross Border Transportation
  • FAQs
  • FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Actions

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Free Safety Training

Thanks to a grant through the CAGC Foundation, the following COVID-19 safety and training opportunities are available at no cost.

Hope Renovations, a nonprofit that trains underemployed women for jobs in the skilled trades, worked in partnership with UNC School of Public Health’s NC Occupational Health and Safety Resource Center and online trades educator M.T. Copeland to produce and distribute two short videos that provide COVID-19 safety training to North Carolina’s construction workforce.  One video is targeted toward employers/organizations while the other targets workers. Both videos feature Hope Renovations’ diverse, all-female staff, crew and trainees. The videos include the most current information about disease transmission, safety precautions on worksites, as well as links to a number of other valuable COVID-19 resources.  The videos are accessible both online and via mobile device. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion email after the training is completed. Watch the videos here: https://www.mtcopeland.com/covid-safety-training.

American DBE Magazine, an industry resource for individuals and stakeholders who work within the UDOT DBE program (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise), held both English and Spanish sessions of the Safety First: Construction COVID-19 Educational Workshop. The recordings of these workshops and additional resources can be viewed for free at: www.americandbe.com/covid-safety.

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Questions? We are here to help.

Bill Stricker
Safety & Health/ Utility Division
704-372-1450 x5724 
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Betsy Bailey
NC Building Div.
704-372-1450 x5725
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Victor Barbour
NC Highway-Heavy Div.
704-372-1450 x5723
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Leslie B. Clark
SC Bldg. & Hwy Div.
803-240-6649
Leslie Clark

Dave Simpson
CAGC President & CEO
704-372-1450 x5724 
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