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March 15, 2020 – Coronavirus Update for Electric Boat Employees

The Business Continuity team is tracking all reports to EB Medical of suspected exposure.  At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Electric Boat.  Several employees tested have been shown to be negative.  We continue to encourage any suspected cases of exposure be reported to EB Medical.

Electric Boat facilities remain open, like many other area businesses.  Like other businesses and in line with recommendations from public health officials and state officials, we recommend that any employees who have the ability to work from home do so, with their Director’s approval.  Further, we are encouraging the entire EB community to maximize use of flexible work arrangements in the short term, where feasible from a business perspective.

Individual Vice Presidents will be cascading information on how their areas will work from home in the near term.  This information will include detailed guidance from IT on how to work from home effectively and how to enter and charge time in the current ATA system.

Two important updates:

How to handle suspected exposure:

We have developed a process to follow if colleague suspects exposure either at work or in the community.    We have mapped out appropriate paths for what to do if you are exposed at work, and what to do if you are exposed outside of work.  If you are symptomatic – fever, cough and shortness of breath – please seek medical attention.

How to handle requests of employees to be out of plant due to school closures.

We encourage teams to maximize use of existing policies that allow people to work flexibly where possible.  This could include temporarily flexing shift start and stop time, utilizing flexible work schedules and working on weekends. We have developed a process to help supervisors manage the need for many of our colleagues, who are not symptomatic, but need to respond to school closings and related schedule disruptions.  Please work directly with your supervisors on these situations.

Please continue to follow the advice of public health experts on how to protect yourself, your family, your coworkers and your community.

This includes practicing both self-protection and social distancing.

This is an unprecedented challenge – not only to how we do business, but how we are all used to living our daily lives.  The environment is changing rapidly and often.  We appreciate your patience as we continue to find solutions that balance our need to continue operations while protecting the health and wellness of our employees.

We encourage you to continue to monitor Homeport, EB Landing for continued updates.

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