Given the number of people who work at Indiana Packers and live in other towns with confirmed cases, what will happen when/if the virus makes it to Indiana Packers?
Short answer: We don’t want to see COVID-19 come to Indiana Packers. There are several things we can do and are doing toward that end. For example, we have directed team members not to come to work if:
- You have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19;
- You are at risk of exposure because of a family member who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is subject to a self-quarantine order or directive;
- You have traveled outside of the country in the last two weeks or until further notice;
- You have traveled outside of the state for 3 or more days in the last two weeks or until further notice.
We are actively monitoring the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak. We have redoubled our cleaning and hygiene procedures. Our facilities are subject – daily – to extensive cleaning and sterilization procedures. In addition, we’ve worked to increase team members’ awareness of best hygiene practices. To the extent team members exhibit symptoms of certain illnesses, they are being instructed to go home (and – if necessary – self-quarantine). We will continue – using face-to-face discussions, huddle meetings, email, social media, and other forms of communication to keep you up to date on our efforts.
We will also follow all appropriate Board of Health directives regarding any reported incident of exposure in the workplace.
As a designated “critical infrastructure industry” by the US Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Packers is committed to following best practices in order to continue to provide meat products to consumers. If you’ve gone grocery shopping in the past few weeks, you can appreciate why this is the case. Our business – as part of the food processing industry – as well as other businesses referenced under the Department of Homeland Security provisions, play a critical role in ensuring that basic necessities are available for members of our community. We plan to remain open for business so we can supply those necessities.