Payroll Protection Program (PPP)
The Lundquist Institute received funding from the federal government’s Payroll Protection Program (PPP) last week and will be using those funds to rehire any employees who were laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis and will also be reinstating any reduction in work hours which were previously made. A more detailed communication on the use of these funds at The Lundquist Institute is being developed and will be provided soon.
Self-Reporting of COVID-19 is Required
Every employee of The Lundquist Institute is responsible for assuring that if they have the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus that they not come into a Lundquist Institute building under any circumstance and that they notify their supervisor and John Munz in Human Resources that they have experienced symptoms and will self-isolate. Also, anyone who is asymptomatic (no symptoms), but has had direct exposure to someone who is in quarantine or if you have tested positive should also immediately stop entering Lundquist Institute buildings and immediately notify their supervisor and John Munz of their need to self-isolate.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2- 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combination of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Cough, and;
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Building Entry Logs – Vendors, Contractors, Consultants & Other Visitors
As was communicated previously, anyone granted authority to enter a Lundquist building is required to wear a face mask for the duration of time they are in the building and they must practice social distancing, to the extent possible based on the nature of the work being performed. In addition to employees, this requirement also applies to all vendors, contractors, consultants or other third party visitors. In addition, the Lundquist employee responsible for authorizing a third party visitor to be on campus must submit a weekly Building Entry Log every Friday evening to John Munz indicating the names of any individuals (and their employer) who entered a Lundquist Institute building that week, providing the date(s) of entry and times of entry and departure. A simple email with this information will suffice.
Resumption of Operations
We continue to work on plans for a resumption of operations. We will be forming a multi-functional Task Force to develop specific procedures to be used for reducing the current restrictions. These procedures will consider the varying requirements of our different stakeholders, whether Administrative staff, research laboratories or clinical trials operations. The most important priority in this process is assuring the safety and health of our employees and other stakeholders. We do not anticipate any change to the existing restrictions prior to May 15th and, thereafter, careful consideration will be given prior to approving any such changes. If deemed appropriate, one should anticipate a slow and methodical implementation of any new procedures.
NIH Research Update for Applicants & Recipients of NIH Funding.
Next COVID-19 Update
Absent and late breaking news, our next COVID-19 Update will be Wednesday, May 6th .