Updated Thursday, April 16, 2020 – 1:51 pm CST

Wisconsin on Thursday extended its coronavirus stay-at-home order to be in effect until May 26 and closed its schools for the rest of the academic year.  Gov. Tony Evers (D) had previously indicated an extension to the order, originally effective through April 24, may be necessary as states and local governments across the country have dug in on their efforts to fight the coronavirus.  Evers is allowing some adjustments to the original order, including opening golf courses.

Joseph Douglas Homes continues to conduct business as usual but we’ve implemented a number of changes to keep our employees, contractors, and customers safe (see blogs below for details). One of the more exciting changes that we’ve done is video conferencing.  This has been very well received over the past few weeks and really allows us to showcase our previously perfected technology of 3D home modeling.  We are able to show our customers what their home will look like completely landscaped from every angle be it a one-of-a-kind custom home or a portfolio home we’ve built dozens of times but with the unique tailoring of features our customers have come to expect with Joseph Douglas Homes.  Please consider giving us a call to discuss your next home or remodeling project.

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Updated Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 5:45pm CST

COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN

JOSEPH DOUGLAS HOMES AND REMODELING LLC

EFFECTIVE MARCH 24, 2020

Joseph Douglas Homes and Remodeling LLC is deemed an Essential Business and implements this COVID-19 Response Plan pledging to dedicate resources immediately to identify and mitigate situations in the workplace which may introduce, expose or spread COVID-19. This plan, based on the template from Wisconsin Economic Development Council, serves as our written plan, unique to the operations under our control, and documents the identification and mitigation measures taken, including all engineering controls, administrative controls and safe work practices. We will update this plan on a regular basis for the duration of the COVID-19 Situation.

  • Ban in-person meetings (internal or external) and employee convenings (formal or informal) of any size. Employee communication handled virtually wherever possible.
  • Remove instances of employees being within 6’ of each other.
  • Reduction of on-site work hours to minimum needed to sustain operations.
  • Staggered shifts and work hours to minimize on-site human presence at a given time.
  • Staggered use of all shared spaces, including bathrooms, breakrooms and lunchrooms.
  • Staggered facility entry and exit procedures.
  • Mandatory work at home for all employees except the absolute minimum required for baseline production and logistics functions, to be approved by senior management.
  • Sanitary processes implemented throughout facility (soap, hand sanitizer, single-use gloves, doors propped open, hands-free capabilities, no shared food).
  • International travel ban – business and personal.
  • Domestic business travel bans except for critical operations (with senior management approval). Domestic personal travel requires employee to self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.
  • Any employee returning from a Level 2 or 3 CDC travel country must self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.
  • No deliveries except those that support production activities or emergency building maintenance.
  • No visitors (including suppliers and customers) except those approved by senior management.
  • Employees must immediately report symptoms associated with COVID-19 exposure
  • Employees must report contact with any person who tests positive for COVID-19; employee must subsequently self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.

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Updated Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 6:00 pm CST

Joseph Douglas Homes hopes this finds you and your family in good health and it is our sincerest wishes that we all get through these trying times together as quickly as possible.

Today Governor Evers announced his “Safer at Home” program in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus.  I am happy to report that his emergency order will allow Joseph Douglas Homes to continue operations as normal.  We want to assure you that we will continue to operate within the parameters set forth by both the DHS and CDC agencies. Effective today:

  • New Sales – We are pleased to announce we now have the capability of WebX video conferencing. Please consider contacting us to discuss your future building or remodeling project.  We can share 3D designs, photos, and even chat online face to face.
  • JDH Office – visits to our office and showroom will be closed to nonessential visits.  Essential visits will only be possible with an appointment.  We do welcome emails and phone calls.  Also, several of our employees are taking advantage of working from home so feel free to call us on our cell phones.
  • Contractor Showrooms – some vendors are willing to accept showroom appointments and others are not.  We would ask that should you need to visit a vendor that you contact them directly to make arrangements to stop by.
  • New Construction Worksites – we ask that that you minimize your site visits and especially your contact with JDH employees or contractors.  Please respect a social distance of 6’ and keep the children or other friends or family members off the job site.
  • Remodeling Worksites – most of our contractors are still willing to perform remodeling work so long as certain guidelines are followed.  This will require proper social distancing and in a few cases may require you to a customer to vacate the home for the day so a particular subcontractor is able to complete their work.  Our job manager will serve as your guide as to what might be required with each subcontractor.
  • Inspections – each municipality has their own new inspection procedure.  Again your job manager will inform you as to what needs to be done.

In the sincerest wishes of Joseph Douglas Homes that Our highest priority is ensuring the health and safety of our customers, contractors, and employees.  However, it is also very important to us to keep all projects rolling subject to the DHS and CDC guidelines and, of course, to the comfort level of everyone involved.  I think with a bit of common sense, following the DHS and CDC guidelines, and also following the bullet points above we can keep things moving forward with minimal delays subject to your approval of course.  Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns.

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Monday, March 23, 2020 – 3:45pm CST

Joseph Douglas Homes hopes this finds you and your family in good health and it is our sincerest wishes that we all get through these trying times together as quickly as possible.

We are pleased to announce we now have the capability of WebX video conferencing. Please consider taking this time to contact Mike at mike@josephdouglashomes.com to schedule a time to discuss your future building or remodeling project.  We can share 3D designs, photos, and even chat online face to face.

Per Governor Evers’ address this afternoon, he and his team are still finalizing the “Safer at Home” order and defining which industries are included in essential services.  We understand Governor Evers’ team is using the Ohio order as the base language for Wisconsin. The Ohio order considered the construction industry as essential business and allowed it to continue under the existing guidelines and restrictions of the CDC and government.  At this time, the Wisconsin definition of essential business remains unknown. Once we have a definitive answer from the Governor tomorrow, we will provide an update.

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