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COVID Positive Test – 11/9/2020

This morning, we learned that an individual that had been in contact with some of our employees, vendors, and customers has tested positive for COVID-19.  This individual was last in the main building on November 3, 2020.  We have communicated with all employees, vendors, and customers that may have been in close contact with this individual.   We are also following our COVID-19 policy and the most up-to-date guidelines from the CDC.

For your information “close contact” is defined as the following:

Close Contact

Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

* Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). Data are limited, making it difficult to precisely define “close contact;” however, 15 cumulative minutes of exposure at a distance of 6 feet or less can be used as an operational definition for contact investigation. Factors to consider when defining close contact include proximity (closer distance likely increases exposure risk), the duration of exposure (longer exposure time likely increases exposure risk), whether the infected individual has symptoms (the period around onset of symptoms is associated with the highest levels of viral shedding), if the infected person was likely to generate respiratory aerosols (e.g., was coughing, singing, shouting), and other environmental factors (crowding, adequacy of ventilation, whether exposure was indoors or outdoors). Because the general public has not received training on proper selection and use of respiratory PPE, such as an N95, the determination of close contact should generally be made irrespective of whether the contact was wearing respiratory PPE.  At this time, differential determination of close contact for those using fabric face coverings is not recommended.

Source:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/contact-tracing/contact-tracing-plan/appendix.html#contact

Also, for COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Question: Am I considered a close contact if I was wearing a mask?

Yes, you are still considered a close contact even if you were wearing a mask while you were around someone with COVID-19. Masks are meant to protect other people in case you are infected, and not to protect you from becoming infected.

From: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

This is a good reminder that we need to stay vigilant about health and safety at all our locations.  Remember these important guidelines:

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Frequent, thorough hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of disease..
  • Social distance.  Keep at least six feet apart from each other whenever possible.
  • Wear your mask properly.
  • Limit visitors to our buildings.

Again if you were identified as someone who came in contact with this person the last day they were in the building, you would have been notified by either Rob or Rebecca. If you have not been notified by Rob or Rebecca than you were not in contact with this person.

There is a business unit meeting in manufacturing tomorrow.  We will go over these guidelines and answer questions for those of you that work in manufacturing.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Rob or Rebecca.