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Extended Reduced Operations Continue - Thank you and Continue to Stay Safe!

Dear FM,

Here we are nearing the end of day two of extended reduced operations for the University. This will continue until further notice; if you have questions about your rotational assignment, contact your supervisor. As we continue to take things one day at a time during this remarkably unique and stressful period, I wanted to take the opportunity to pass on a huge thank you to all of you for adapting to the many changes that have come our way in the last three weeks. It has been a whirlwind. I am grateful for all of you responding so quickly and willingly with your planning efforts, work arrangements and schedule adjustments to ensure that University critical operations and services continue in a safe and reliable manner.

Thank you to all FM employees and all our valued partners! 

For Employees Coming to Campus to Work
Here is a reminder of what you can do to stay safe at work and slow the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Stay home if you feel sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath. Follow CDC recommendations at coronavirus.gov. See Symptoms and use the Coronavirus Self Checker.

  2. Maintain a social distance of 6 feet from your co-workers at all times. This includes muster, breaks, lunch and time clock punch in and out.

  3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Cough and sneeze into elbow or tissue. 

  4. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water throughout the day. Use hand sanitizer or wash hands before and after touching shared items such as computers and time clocks.

  5. Clean tools, Kronos time clocks, vehicles, and any other shared equipment regularly. Avoid sharing PPE, tools and other similar items as much as possible.

  6. Follow supervisor instruction on new work procedures, cleaning products, and PPE requirements. Contact your supervisor or UHS Workplace Safety partner with questions. 

  7. Limit the amount of time traveling in vehicles with others. Space yourselves out as much as possible. Increase ventilation while traveling.  

  8. Read COVID-19 messages from the University President and other departments.

  9. Read and follow signage outside of labs and other research areas before entering. Signs will include information on if the lab is still working, hazards present and required PPE. If you see “Do Not Enter” signs on doors, do not enter and contact your supervisor. 

Continue to Stay Safe
Everyone, please continue to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 to stay safe and slow the spread. I will continue to provide updates and further guidance to FM as changes emerge.

I’ll leave you with this. In this otherwise uncertain and even fearful atmosphere of COVID-19, people have responded with so much creativity from around the globe. I found this variation of Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond to be clever - Hands Washing Hands.

Bill

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