This week, members of the BIW Medical Staff, in cooperation with the Maine CDC, have worked quickly to identify and verify an outbreak of 10 new cases in our workforce. This includes five previously reported “potential positive” cases (Cases A-E) communicated on 11/16 and 11/18 which have now been confirmed as well as five new cases identified through contact tracing. This brings the total number of cases since the pandemic began earlier this year to 30.
Both contact tracing and area disinfection were conducted immediately in every case, in anticipation CDC-approved confirmation of the cases and in an immediate response to protect our employees and our facilities.
BIW’s first priority is the safety of our workers and our workplace so that we can continue to perform our critical mission. We are taking active steps, in partnership with Maine CDC, to respond to the COVID-19 surge in Maine and across the U.S. In response to this recent increase in cases, we are immediately increasing our work from home program and also spreading our employees across all three shifts to maximize our ability to avoid transmission within the shipyard.
Additionally, over the next two weeks, BIW and the Maine CDC will be partnering to offer testing to employees in the areas affected by the recent cases to appropriately respond to the pandemic in accordance with CDC guidelines.