Our Corporation Memo: COVID-19
To all employees:
In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and the fact that the seasonal influenza (flu)
virus is also widespread, we are taking proactive steps to address a number of business concerns.
First and foremost, we want to maintain a safe workplace and encourage and/or adopt practices
protecting the health of employees, customers, visitors or others. We also want to ensure the
continuity of business operations during this pandemic.
We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable
diseases in the workplace. Employees are reminded of the following:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
- Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces.
Blakemore will provide alcohol-based wipes and hand sanitizers throughout the workplace and in
common areas. Cleaning sprays and wipes will also be provided to clean and disinfect frequently
touched objects and surfaces such as telephones and keyboards.
It is critical that employees do not report to work while they are experiencing respiratory symptoms
such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache,
chills or fatigue. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that
employees remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F) or
signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Many times, with the best of
intentions, employees report to work even though they feel ill. We provide paid sick time and other
benefits to compensate employees who are unable to work due to illness. Employees who report to work
ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns.