Newton Crouch Inc is always diligently works to put our employees’ safety first. In light on the COVID-19 epidemic, safety is even more crucial. Below is how Newton Crouch is adapting to improve the health for all our employees. We want our employees’ healthy to keep our company and agriculture strong. This is a developing situation so please watch for updated information. See your manager for questions.

NCI is adopting the following safety procedures related to COVID-19:
1. If you have a dry cough, stay home.
2. If you feel sick or have a fever (100.0 or higher), stay home. If someone in your household has a fever, stay home.
3. Self-Monitor while at home using Symptom Questionnaire. Go over questionnaire daily.
4. Practice social distancing. Stay 6 feet from co-workers. Go to work and back home.
5. Limit your face to face contact with fellow employees. Call on extension/intercom instead going into other offices. Do not enter employees work spaces. Talk to them from the door jam.
6. Immediately upon arriving at work, record your temperature and wash your hands for 20 second with warm water & soap.
7. Hand sanitizer does not replace hand washing. Wash hands frequently.
8. Wipe down your workstation with disinfectant spray or wipes in the morning, anytime you share it with another individual, and before you leave.
9. Before and after your break/lunch, wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap, vigorously rubbing your hands and finger tips .
10. Do NOT gather. No more than 8 employees in the break room at once.
11. Do NOT share tools, pens, computers, phones, etc.
12. If wanted, wear a mask. We are unable to purchase N95 mask at this time.
13. Only NCI employees are allowed in the office and shop.
14. Deliveries must be left outside and brought in by a NCI employee. Once you handle a delivery, wash your hands.
15. If a customer arrives, ask them to stay outside for their safety and yours. Deliver their order to them outside.
16. Keep outside doors open and fans operating as much as feasible.

NCI is carefully monitoring the disclosures from the CDC and information provided by our employees and the government. We will update employees with information as appropriate.

The CDC site is constantly updated. Educate yourself on symptoms and uses symptom checker chat feature if necessary.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html
Employees must stay home or leave work if they exhibit symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus or the flu. Seek medical attention for COVID-19. The CDC states that employees who exhibit symptoms of influenza-like illness at work during a pandemic should leave the workplace.

If you are sick. Follow CDC and medical personnel recommendations for care. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/index.html

Notify a manager by phone or email if you have been exposed, have symptoms and/or have tested positive for COVID-19. DO NOT report to work until consulting with a manager.
Griffin: David Carter (678)-572-3702; Robbie Sheppard (706)-976-6173; Michael Carruth (770)-584-9228; Steve Crouch (770)-584-4453
Albany: Richard Williams (678) 283-9795
Sebring: Randy White (863) 990-0617

Fill out form here under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Under the FFCRA, an employee qualifies for paid sick time if the employee is unable to work (or unable to telework) due to a need for leave because the employee:

  1. is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
  2. has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
  3. is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;
  4. is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2);
  5. is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19; or
  6. is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and Treasury.

For reasons (1)-(4) and (6): A full-time employee is eligible for up to 80 hours of leave, and a part-time employee is eligible for the number of hours of leave that the employee works on average over a two-week period.

Request for Emergency Sick Leave under FFCRA

For NCI Employees affected by COVID-19
  • Under the FFCRA, an employee qualifies for paid sick time if the employee is unable to work (or unable to telework) due to a need for leave because the employee has one of above reasons.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

If you are having difficulty traveling due to shelter in place act, call:
Griffin, John Crouch (770) 584-1020
Albany, Richard Williams (678) 283-9795
Sebring, Randy White (863) 990-0617
Travel Document for Essential Employee
Most work groups at NCI cannot work from home. If you feel unsafe, discuss it with your manager. We want what is safest for you and your family.

If NCI has an employee with a positive test for the COVID-19 coronavirus, we will send home that employee and all employees who worked closely with that employee for a 14-day period of time to ensure the infection does not spread. We will also undertake a deep cleaning of the affected workspaces.

Because of privacy laws, NCI will not disclose or confirm the names of employees in quarantine or with a diagnosis of COVID-19.

What is “shelter in place” v “social distancing?”
Essentially, sheltering in place means staying at home. The order from Gov Kemp means people should stay in their homes unless they need to leave for “essential” activities and work. The mandate goes into effect on Friday, April 3 until April 13th. Social distancing means limiting close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet); not engaging in groups of 10 or more unless it’s immediate family, and keeping away from others who are sick. Trump has enacted social distancing guidelines until April 30th.

What does quarantine mean?
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.

What are essential businesses and employees?
Businesses that assist in critical infrastructure are imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations.

Newton Crouch Inc specifically fits into the Agriculture category under: Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary for agricultural production and distribution. https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce