Prior Coronavirus employee messages


General COVID-19 Resources

 


March 23, 2020 update

Dear Team,

We are all following the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely, and I’m sure most of you are feeling anxious and uncertain. GGC, as well as organizations around the world, is in uncharted territory, but please be assured that our administration is closely monitoring information from all local, state, and national health authorities to help guide our workplace policies.

We are concerned about the safety and well-being of all of you, your families, and the patients we serve and are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of this illness. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as work schedules are rearranged, home offices are set up, and new workflows are put into place to ensure that we can continue to support the families who depend on us.

Please continue to do your part by washing your hands thoroughly and frequently, staying home if you are sick, and practicing social distancing, both in the office and out in the community.

The administrative team is staying in close communication, and we are meeting daily to assess the need for any additional actions.

Below you will find an update with the latest information on our current operations. We will continue to do our best to keep you all informed and safe.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your supervisor or me.

Stay well!

Steve Skinner
sas@ggc.org
(864) 941-8164 (office)
(864) 941-6591 (cell)

  • Is GGC still open?

GGC remains open but is operating with limited personnel on modified schedules.

  • What steps are being taken to protect employees?

Wherever possible, employees are working remotely. Where remote work is not possible, modified schedules are being used to allow social distancing. We have closed the use of all conference rooms, exercise rooms, and the common areas of the break rooms. We have propped open all internal doors. We have posted signs on all external doors that provide guidance for any visitors or delivery personnel. We have canceled all non-essential meetings and are using video conferencing capabilities to avoid face-to-face meetings.

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  • What steps are being taken to protect patients?

The clinic is working to resume patient appointments through telemedicine directly to patient homes. Processes are being defined to allow for the collection of consent forms, patient history, and photos. Necessary samples are being collected through the expanded use of saliva kits without requiring patients to come into a clinic location.

  • Have any GGC employees tested positive for COVID-19?

At this time, we have not been made aware of any employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 or any employee who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive.

  • What should I do if I don’t feel well?

If you experience any symptoms of a contagious illness, do not come in to work. Please notify both your supervisor and Janet Still in HR (jstill@ggc.org). You will be asked to self-quarantine and follow the advice of your primary care physician.

  • After an illness, when can I return to work?GGC is following CDC guidelines with respect to returning to work after any suspected case of COVID-19. All of the following criteria must be met before returning to work:

     

    • No fever for at least 72 hours. That is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers.
    • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved)
    • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

For anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, in addition to the above requirements, they must also have two negative COVID-19 tests in a row, done 24 hours apart, before being allowed to return to work.

  • When will GGC resume normal operations?

At this point, there is no clear timeline on when normal operations will resume. GGC leadership is meeting daily to monitor the situation and take appropriate actions as this situation evolves.

  • Is the tracking of PTO still suspended?

The tracking of PTO remains suspended through March 31st. GGC leadership is meeting to review what changes, if any, should be made to our existing policies going forward. Guidance will be sent out later in the week regarding how PTO will be handled after March 31.

 


March 16, 2020 Update

With the ongoing concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), GGC has adopted the following policies and measures to help keep our employees and patients safe.

  • What should I do if I am feeling sick?

If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, you should call your primary healthcare provider. If you don’t have a primary care physician, several healthcare systems are providing telehealth services so you can be evaluated by a healthcare provider without having to leave your home. If it’s determined that you should be tested, you will be instructed where to go to be tested. Individuals with minor illnesses are advised not to go to emergency departments. 

You should contact your direct supervisor to inform them that you will not be available to work due to your illness. Supervisors should inform Janet Harris Still (JStill@ggc.org) as well.

Learn more about the CDC’s guidance for infection control in schools and childcare programs here.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the DHEC website or the CDC website.

  • What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

First and foremost, please follow all protocols as defined by your physician, DHEC and/or the CDC.  Please also inform both your direct supervisor and Janet Harris Still (JStill@ggc.org) so that GGC is aware of the situation and can take the necessary precautions to limit the spread of this illness.

  • Can I work from home?

All GGC supervisors are being asked to approve all reasonable requests to work from home wherever possible.  If you believe you can complete all of your required duties from home, please discuss it with your supervisor to get final approval.  Hourly employees will receive a separate email with instructions on how to report remote hours.

  • If I can’t work from home, do I need to come to the office?

Each Division Director is defining their division’s guidelines for which personnel should and should not come into the office.  This will include the identification of essential functions and may also include shifting schedules as needed.  Guidelines for your division will be communicated by your division director. Hourly employees will continue to utilize the current timekeeping system for recording hours worked on site.

  • If I am unable or not required to come into the office, do I need to take PTO?

To be as accommodating as possible in this unique situation, GGC is suspending the tracking of PTO until the end of March.  Employees will continue to be paid as if they worked a regularly scheduled workweek.  All employees are expected to maintain professional integrity at this time and not abuse this accommodation.

  • What if I am in an at-risk group due to my age or an existing health condition?

If you are in a higher risk group, you should take all necessary precautions to prevent infection.  Please discuss with your supervisor what accommodations can be made based on your risk factors and your specific job function. For information on at-risk individuals and what actions should be taken, please find the CDC guidance here.

  • Will we have Case Review in March?

Case Review for March has been canceled.

  • Will other meetings continue as scheduled?

Until further notice, Monday and Friday morning meetings are canceled. For all other scheduled meetings, please contact the meeting coordinator to find out if they will continue or not. Wherever possible, it is recommended for meetings to be held virtually using Zoom or Microsoft Teams, even when attendees are all in the office.

  • How will this impact planned travel?

All travel, including domestic travel, is strongly discouraged. Anyone who returns from international or domestic travel is asked to self-monitor at the very least (take temp twice a day, etc.). If you are unclear whether a planned trip should be canceled, please work with your supervisor for guidance.

  • Will visitors still be allowed on campus?

All non-essential visitors to GGC should be avoided. As it stands today, deliveries, including daily mail, will continue. Due to rotating personnel schedules, some building doors may be locked during business hours. In those instances, appropriate signage will be posted providing instructions.

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