Coronavirus Update

 

March 11, 2020

We are providing you with an update on what PRIDE is doing to keep our employees and customers safe, given the rapid and evolving health concerns about the Coronavirus.

PRIDE continues to closely monitor the situation through trustworthy sources such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization.

Our employees’ and customers’ safety and health are of the utmost importance and priority. Should we become aware of an exposure at your work location PRIDE HR/Safety will contact your site management.

Effective March 4, 2020, PRIDE restricted employee business travel through public means (airplanes, trains, and buses).

Out of an abundance of caution and effective March 11, 2020, PRIDE is asking employees to do the following:

1. We are restricting business attendance to large gatherings of more than 50 people such as trade shows, conferences, seminars, and training;

2. When practical we encourage you to use video conferencing such as MS Teams when conducting your meetings;

3. Take a vacation if available and approved by your manager;

4. Work from home if practical and approved by your manager.

We want to remind everyone again to do the following to help stop the Coronavirus from spreading:

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Sneeze or cough into your sleeve to avoid spreading germs with your hands.

According to the California Department of Health, older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, for example, seem to be at greater risk of serious illness. The Department also stated that mass gatherings and large community events bring people from multiple communities into close contact with each other and have the potential to increase COVID-19 transmission. One method to slow the spread of respiratory virus infections, including COVID-19, is by increasing social distancing (reduce close contact).

If you need to see a healthcare provider for non-urgent care or advice, we encourage you to use telehealth — doctors’ appointments conducted over the phone, email, or video and do not require an in-person visit. PRIDE’s Anthem/Blue Cross and Kaiser plans provide telehealth options.

Lastly, our Custodial teams are using cleaning products recommended by the International Sanitation Supply Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to sanitize our buildings and our customers’ buildings.

If we receive any additional information that is important to the safety of our employees, we will share it with you.