The health and safety of our employees is our top priority, and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and are taking all necessary precautions in an effort to protect our team. Today, we were made aware that a GPI laborer has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is believed to spread more readily between people who are in close contact with one another (6 feet or less) for an extended period via respiratory droplets produced from coughs or sneezes. GPI has identified and contacted those persons with whom we have reliable information that he or she has had recent close contact.
In the event that you were in close contact with this individual, regardless of whether you have symptoms or not, we will ask you to self-quarantine for the next 14 days.
At any time, if you experience symptoms such as a fever, cough and shortness of breath, please contact your health care provider and alert your supervisor and Jessica Timmons with Human Resources (email@example.com or 817-771-2797) for direction on next steps.
For all of us at GPI, this is an important reminder of all of our vulnerability to the virus and the steps we each need to take to protect ourselves, our colleagues, our friends and families, and the larger community.
We hope that each of you will adhere to the following guidelines and best practices from the CDC and other medical professionals to protect yourself and those around you and minimize the risks of contracting and spreading the virus:
1. If you do not feel well, please contact your supervisor or HR for direction on whether to come to work.
2. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water when arriving at work. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, and if facilities are not readily accessible, use hand sanitizer frequently.
3. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
4. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others and refrain from shaking hands or having any other physical contact.
5. Regularly clean and disinfect your work environment, including work surfaces and your phone and computer equipment, using approved anti-bacterial solutions and wipes.
6. Reduce face-to-face and in-person meetings as much as possible; rely on Microsoft Teams to conduct team meetings.
7. Follow your supervisors’ guidelines and instructions related to teleworking, as appropriate.
If you participate in your parent company’s benefits program, you may have access to board-certified physicians via telephone and/or video connection. Additionally, all insurance providers have agreed to waive customers’ out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing-related visits with in-network providers, whether at a doctor’s office, urgent care clinic, emergency room or via telehealth, through May 31, 2020.
We understand that this is an extremely trying time for all of us, but we are confident that we will get through this together as a team. Should you have any questions regarding your health coverage and the range of physical and mental health services available to you, please contact your HR Manager.
CEO Grand Parkway Infrastructure, LLC