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COVID Information

Effective March 21st, masking protocols, based on the CDC Community Levels, will apply to all Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) sites and other facilities owned or leased by DOE.

Using CDC’s county-level data, sites will monitor their community level and take immediate action if the level is raised. CDC data is updated weekly, typically on Friday, and PPPO and its contractor community will use that guidance to communicate mask requirements for the following week. As a best practice, please ensure that you have a mask readily available in response to changing conditions.

At the Portsmouth site, the weekly masking requirements will be shared with employees here as well as the employee hotline 740-897-5800.  Additional means of communication may include site-wide emails, intranet postings, and one-call phone/text messages. Specific masking guidance for the week of March 21st to March 27th will be shared this coming weekend.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, DOE will take a measured, methodical approach in implementing the new guidance. With this in mind:

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to it should wear a mask for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. And, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, wear a mask, stay home and get tested.
  • Individuals who feel safer continuing to wear a mask during work activities may continue to do so.

Thank you all for your continued work and support to keep our workplace safe.

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Reporting

In the event an FBP employee tests positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to an individual who has tested positive, please call the FBP Human Resources Hotline at 740.897.2022.

Help Stop the Spread

Much like steps taken for cold and flu season, routine prevention is key.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. You should be fever-free for 24-hours prior to returning to work and should wear a mask if exhibiting ongoing respiratory illness symptoms.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

When available to you, get the vaccine. Vaccination is the single most effective strategy we have to stop this pandemic and resume normal life. If you have had the vaccine, consider getting a booster six months after your last vaccination.

Where to get Vaccinated

Contact your local health department for a list of locations near you where you can receive the vaccine or a booster shot. Your medical provider can also share information with about the vaccine and most providers can administer the vaccine/booster in office.