Ingalls reports 2 COVID-19 cases involving non-Ingalls employees

Ingalls reports 2 COVID-19 cases involving non-Ingalls employees
A worker sanitizes Gate 2 outside Ingalls Shipyard on April 6. Ingalls has implemented strict cleaning and sanitizing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Source: Huntington Ingalls website)

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - On Saturday, two additional cases were reported at Ingalls; however, these individuals were not Ingalls employees.

Previously on Friday, Ingalls Shipbuilding had a newly reported case of COVID-19, bringing the total to 17 employees who tested positive. Of those, five people were cleared to return to work.

The shipyard has been undergoing extensive cleaning and sanitizing procedures that began Monday. Those measures are set to continue over the holiday weekend, with Ingalls giving employees an extra paid holiday this week so environmental cleaning contractors can come in.

Those cleaning crews have been working this week, actively cleaning facilities and equipment each night and on weekends.

Cleaning at Ingalls Shipbuilding

Ingalls Shipbuilding has implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing processes. Teams of Ingalls employees and one of Ingalls’ environmental cleaning contractors, continue to clean facilities and equipment throughout the shipyard. This precautionary cleaning is occurring every night and on weekends and is being done throughout the shipyard. See more of the great work the cleaning teams are doing: https://ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com/coronavirus/gallery/

Posted by Huntington Ingalls Industries on Friday, April 3, 2020

Crews are also disinfecting other high-volume, high-traffic areas. Sunday night, crews fogged and manually cleaned the following areas:

  • Gates 1, 2 & 4, including turnstiles, vending machines, drinking fountains
  • American Hero’s Café outdoor accesses, ATM
  • Safety Store outdoor access, ATM
  • LBTF Coast Guard outdoor access
  • Gate 2 gold carts, mules
  • Gate 1 canteen outdoor access
  • Wheelabrator vending machines
  • Panel line lean to office access handrails

When employees return on April 14, operations will include a one-hour gap between the end of the first shift and the start of the second shift.

All of the confirmed cases have been employees from the West Bank.

Jackson County continues to have the highest number of COVID-19 cases on the Coast and the third highest in the state.

Ingalls is updating its coronavirus response website each day at noon with the latest numbers.

Below is the break down of reported cases as of April 11:

Saturday, April 11

  • Non-Ingalls employee, ship at outfitting berth, last day in the yard was April 9
  • Non-Ingalls employee, ship at outfitting berth, last day in the yard was April 9

Friday, April 10

  • Employee, LPD 29, 2nd Shift, last day in yard was April 2

Thursday, April 9

  • Employee, LPD 29, quarantined from previous case, last day in yard was March 21

Wednesday, April 8

  • No new cases to report

Tuesday, April 7

  • Employee, DDG 121, last day in yard was March 24
  • Employee, NSC 9, last day in yard was April 1

Monday, April 6

  • Employee, LBTF, last day in yard was March 25

Sunday, April 5

  • No new positive cases reported

Saturday, April 4

  • No new positive cases reported

Friday, April 3

  • No new positive cases reported

Thursday, April 2

  • No new positive cases reported

Wednesday, April 1

  • Employee, LPD 28, last day in yard March 27
  • Employee, NSC 9, last day in yard March 27

Tuesday, March 31

  • Employee, CSA 3, last day in yard was March 21
  • Employee, Office Trailer, last day in yard was March 30

Monday, March 30

  • Employee, LBTF, last day in yard was March 20

Sunday, March 29

  • No new positive cases reported

Saturday, March 28

  • Employee, NSC 9, last day in yard was March 20
  • Employee, DDG 125, last day in yard was March 25

Friday, March 27

  • Employee, LPD 29, last day in yard was March 21

Thursday, March 26

  • Employee, NSC 9, last day in yard was March 20
  • Employee, CSA, last day in yard was March 20

Wednesday, March 25

  • Employee, CSA, 2nd Shift, last day in yard was March 20

Tuesday, March 24

  • No new positive cases reported

Monday, March 23

  • No new positive cases reported

Sunday, March 22

  • Employee, LPD 29, last day in yard was March 20

In a statement released March 25, Ingalls President Brian Cuccias said: “As numbers across our region continue to rise, we do expect Ingalls’ numbers to increase as well. Clearly, we know that more employees, customers or contractors will contract the virus. We are evaluating how best to provide information going forward. However, for every confirmed case, we will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.”

“We will also continue to follow our same protocols in dealing with these additional cases, and for all cases going forward. As soon as we are made aware of any diagnosis, we will communicate individually and directly to those employees who are located in impacted work areas; and we will help them take all appropriate precautions. We will immediately begin thoroughly deep-cleaning and inspecting the primary work spaces relevant to the individual’s job assignments. We will also continue to clean and inspect all restrooms and other contact points multiple times every day. All start terminals, turnstiles and restrooms will also continue to be cleaned multiple times every day.”

Ingalls has extended its liberal leave policy through May 1, 2020. Additionally, workers can take PTO/Vacation or unpaid leave without penalty. Absences are excused.

“I would also reiterate that if you do not feel safe, you have the option to not come in,” said Cuccias. “This means your job is secure. If you choose not to come to work, you will have a job to come back to when this pandemic is over.”

If you are not at work and you aren’t feeling well, or have fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, Ingalls asks that you please do not come to work. Call your primary healthcare provider, TELADOC at 1-800-835-2362, or QuadMed at (228) 205-7700 for appropriate consultation and treatment. Then please call Ingalls Medical Department at (228) 935-3841 with any updated information, so that the Company can take immediate steps to help prevent the spread of the virus. Do not return to work unless you have been cleared to return by the Ingalls Medical Department.

Please contact your supervisor if you decide to take Liberal Leave.

For more updates for Ingalls employees, Huntington Ingalls has created a website of resources: https://ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com/coronavirus/

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