Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter, NECA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

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Table of Contents
1. Background on COVID-19
2. Important Document List (UPDATED 04/06)
3. Event Cancellations and Postponements
4. NECA National Resources

This webpage was designed to provide information about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how our Industry can best respond to it. Section one contains a brief background on COVID-19, section two presents important documents relevant to the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Members, section three lists event cancellations and postponements, and section four lists various Coronavirus resources compiled by NECA National.

1 – Background on COVID-19

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is now a pandemic, meaning a global outbreak of disease. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Different parts of the United States are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. U.S. COVID-19 cases include those among travelers, cases among close contacts of a known case, and community spread. Many types of workers may have similar exposure risks as other members of the general American public. Exposure risk may be elevated for workers who interact with potentially infected individuals, including those involved in:

  • Healthcare
  • Deathcare
  • Laboratories
  • Airline operations
  • Border protection
  • Solid waste and wastewater management
  • Travel to areas where the virus is spreading

There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 as the outbreak investigation continues. Infected people can spread COVID-19 through their respiratory secretions, especially when they cough or sneeze. 

According to the CDC, spread from person-to-person is most likely among close contacts (about 6 feet). Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

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2 – Important COVID-19 Documents
(UPDATED 04/06)

This section contains COVID-19 documents likely to be very important or useful to Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Members.

These documents include Chapter-wide announcements, government proclamations, and more. Some offer guidance on how to comply with government mandates and contracts.

The documents below are listed below in the order that they were created, with the newest at the top of the list.

Please thoroughly review the documents below and check back often for more information as it becomes available.

April 6, 2020

*DOL Full Temporary Rule on FFCRA Paid Leave Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information

April 4, 2020

April 3, 2020

April 2, 2020

NECA National – Comparison of EIDL and PPP Loans

NECA National – Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet

US SBA Paycheck Protection Program Information

April 1, 2020

*(Updated) NECA FAQ: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Paid Leave




March 31, 2020

US Senate: The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

GBCA COVID-19 Recommended Jobsite Protocols

March 30, 2020

(NECA National) CARES Act Stimulus Package Resources

March 29, 2020

March 27, 2020

**(NECA National) CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Loans

**DOL FFCRA Q&A – Includes Employee Documentation Requirements

March 26, 2020

March 25, 2020

NECA Overview: Coronavirus Contract Rights

March 24, 2020

NECA Summary – Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 23, 2020

March 22, 2020

NJ Shutdown Ordered – Construction May Continue

March 21, 2020

March 20, 2020


(GBCA Memo) GBCA Coronavirus Update

March 19, 2020

March 18, 2020

Philadelphia Inquirer: Unemployment Benefits During COVID-19 Pandemic

Fox Rothschild LLP Coronavirus Resource Center

March 17, 2020:

PA State EMPLOYER COVID-19 Unemployment Compensation FAQs

PA State EMPLOYEE COVID-19 Unemployment Compensation FAQs

(National Email) NECA Response to H.R. 6201 & Call for Comments

March 16, 2020:

Construction Dive Article: “Force Majeur Clauses Take Center Stage…”

PA Governor Wolf Shuts Down All Non-Essential Businesses

Philadelphia Shuts Down All Non-Essential Businesses & Services

March 13, 2020:

OSHA 300 Log Coronavirus Directive Update

March 12, 2020:

NECA National Coronavirus Update

3 – Cancellations and Postponements

Below is a list of important Coronavirus-related cancellations and postponements:

JATC 607 and 743 REMOTE Classes Until Further Notice

JATC 229 and 812 CLOSED Until Further Notice

ALL JATC Meetings for: 98, 654, 313, 81, 163, 375 SUSPENDED

ALL Local 126 NEAT & OSHE Classes CANCELED

March 16-17 PDJ Harrisburg Advocacy Fly-in POSTPONED

March 17-19 WIN/Future Leaders Conference POSTPONED

March 19-20 NECA Codes & Standards Committee Meeting POSTPONED

March 22-23 NECA Workforce Development Committee Meeting POSTPONED

March 23-25 Technology Systems Integration Task Force VIRTUAL

April 1-3 Large Contractors Spring Meeting CANCELED

April 13 Congressman Keller Visit to Williamsport JATC POSTPONED

April 19-22 Eastern Region Meeting CANCELED

April 27-30 NECA Legislative Conference CANCELED

May 12-17 ELECTRI International Innovation Summit POSTPONED

May 18-20 NECA Safety Professionals Conference POSTPONED to October 5-7 in conjunction with the NECA Convention in Chicago, Illinois

May 19-21 CIR Session RESCHEDULED to July 14-16

4 – NECA National Resources

The resources below have been compiled by NECA National and can also be found at NECA National’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

These documents and links are concerned with many different areas including the prevention of COVID-19 community spread, employer preparation, and travel.

Federal Government

World Health Organization

National Safety Council


Information for Employers