COVID-19 Employee Information

Vigor has no greater priority than the health and safety of our employees, their families and our communities. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the work we do at Vigor as Essential Critical Infrastructure. That means we are expected to keep our operations open and operational during this difficult time. We can only do that if we all work together to keep each other healthy and safe.

This page outlines our shared responsibilities and guidelines. We will update it as new information is available. Our purpose is protection of Vigor employees and to minimize spread of the Coronavirus within our families and communities. Adherence is of utmost importance.

What Vigor is doing

  • Enforced work from home rules for all employees who can do their jobs remotely.
  • Prohibited all work-related travel unless approved by the CEO.
  • Stopped all nonessential meetings and limited essential meetings to 10 people or less – and then, only if social distancing can be maintained.
  • Stopped all non-mandatory training.
  • Implemented social distancing (6 feet of distance between people), including installing visual cues to help people visualize safe distances.
  • Increased cleaning frequency of common areas (break rooms, bathrooms, etc.)
  • Ordered additional hand sanitizing stations and handwashing areas. (We have expedited, but due to national shortages, installment will occur as orders are received)
  • Implemented temperature screening protocols for employees and visitors. (Anyone with a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees may not enter a Vigor facility).
  • Asked all individuals entering the facilities to do a daily self-assessment.
  • Curtailed onsite nonessential visits to Vigor facilities by vendors, suppliers, customers and other visitors.
  • Developed a detailed Outbreak Mitigation Plan and Incident Response Team.
  • Instituted best practices regarding containment of any known exposures and following public health guidance for employees who may test positive and have recently worked on site, including identifying and notifying close contact employees/others, asking them to self-quarantine, and isolating and disinfecting the affected area(s) in accordance with public health standards before reopening them.
  • Continually adopting and enhancing our policies and protocols as we receive new information and guidance from federal, state and local authorities.
  • Requiring all employees, vendors, subcontractors, customers and any other visitors wear a face covering upon entry to any Vigor facility.

What you can do

  • Take your temperature before you come to work and stay home if it’s 100.4 or higher.
  • Stay home if you are sick (see symptoms below under “When to stay home”).
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and ears.
  • Practice social distancing (6 feet of distance between people). If specific work assignments require employees to be within 6 feet, additional protective mitigation measures will be instituted. If you are unsure as to these mitigation measures, please contact your supervisor immediately.
  • Follow state or local Shelter-in-Place or Stay-at-Home orders/proclamations when not at work, including refraining from attending gatherings of any kind, including parties, group lunches or dinners to avoid being exposed to someone who may be a carrier for the coronavirus but is not yet symptomatic, and to avoid exposing others.
  • Refrain from nonessential travel. Notify HR or your supervisor if you have travelled out of the immediate area.
  • Wear a face covering upon entry to and at all times in a Vigor facility consistent with the Safety Department’s updated Face Covering Policy. If you have questions about face coverings, reach out to your onsite Safety Representative.

When to stay home

  • If you traveled internationally (including Canada) in the last 14 days.
  • If you had close personal contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID 19 (lab or clinical diagnosis). Close personal contact means: 1) within 6 feet for 10 or more minutes; 2) in a confined space; or 3) have been coughed or sneezed on.
  • If you currently have any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches.

If any of the above applies to you, do not come to work and contact your healthcare provider. If you are a production employee call into the absence line at 1-844-660-0089. If you are a Salaried or Corporate Hourly employee call into your supervisor.

What to do if you start feeling sick at work

  • Limit your contact with coworkers. Notify your supervisor immediately and return home or consult with an offsite medical provider for further evaluation.
  • DO NOT go to our onsite medical facilities in the Portland or Seattle yards. The medical clinics are not equipped to safely diagnose or treat those experiencing these symptoms.

Current public health Stay-at-Home guidelines Vigor is following

  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should immediately work with the employee to identify and notify those who are determined to have been in close contact with the diagnosed individual, while maintaining confidentiality as required by federal law (HIPPA).
  • If an employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the employee should immediately enter home isolation and remain under home isolation precautions for 7 days or until 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms resolve, or as advised by a health care provider or public health official, whichever is longer.
  • If another employee/individual has had close contact with the sick employee and has common symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, that employee should begin home isolation immediately, and should remain under home isolation precautions for 7 days or until 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms resolve, or as advised by a health care provider or public health official, whichever is longer.
  • If an employee/individual has had close contact with the sick employee with COVID-19 but does not have symptoms, that employee/individual should begin home self-quarantine immediately, and remain under home quarantine for 14 days following last contact with the ill person. That employee should also monitor their health for fever, cough, or shortness of breath for 14 days following last contact with the ill person.
  • If an employee is sick with fever or respiratory symptoms but has had no known exposures to someone with COVID-19, that employee should stay home and away from others until 72 hours after the fever is gone and symptoms get better. They should talk with their doctor about whether testing is needed based on their symptoms. Employees who are sick should stay home. If you are a production employee call into the absence line at 1-844-660-0089. If you are a Salaried or Corporate Hourly employee call into your supervisor.
  • If a member of an employee’s immediate household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the employee should stay home. Public health advises that then all household members should self-quarantine.

For all employees staying home

Employees staying home due to sickness, close contact with a diagnosed or confirmed COVID-19 case, travel, or for other reasons should notify the company of your absence as follows:

  • Production employee - call into the absence line at 1-844-660-0089.
  • Salaried or Corporate Hourly employee - call your supervisor.

Resources on Employee Benefits

Please read this letter to all employees regarding benefits, including some highlights of the recently passed federal CARES Act. Different employee groups at Vigor are enrolled in different benefit plans based on their company/division and/or union affiliation. Posted here are benefit overviews for salaried, corporate hourly, and hourly production employees, as well as contact information employees may need.

The majority of Vigor employees are covered by benefit plans through their unions. For those plans, while we are providing overview information in the linked documents in order to assist employees, Vigor does not administer those plans. Contact information for employees is provided in each document that directs employees to the proper plan contacts.

If you have questions about the benefits overview that applies to you, please email Benefits@vigor.net.

Deepest thanks to our employees

Again, our purpose is to protect Vigor employees and to minimize spread of the Coronavirus within their families and our communities while also continuing to perform essential work as has been described by US Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. We can do this if we all work together. Adherence is of utmost importance. We deeply appreciate the work of employees during these unprecedented times, both those working from home and those required to work on site every day.