Changes to COVID-19 Policies

August 18, 2022 Update – Updated CDC COVID Recommendations

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works continues to follow CDC Coronavirus guidelines related to our recommendations to employees about masking, vaccinations, testing, and quarantining/isolation.

The federal CDC has recently updated its guidance, so we are providing this information to all employees.

Vaccines and Boosters

Vaccines and Booster Availability at BIW

It is not mandatory that employees be vaccinated for COVID-19, although it is highly recommended to reduce the potential severity of illness.

COVID-19 Vaccines and boosters are available onsite from Mid Coast Hospital. Contact Fit for Life at 207-442-3145 to set up an appointment to get vaccinated or boosted.

 What does the CDC consider “fully vaccinated”?

The CDC now considers that you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you according to the eligibility guidelines outlined below.

Vaccine recommendations are different depending on your age, the vaccine you first received, and time since last dose.

Primary Series Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna:

  • 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech given 3–8 weeks apart or 2 doses of Moderna given 4–8 weeks apart.
  • Fully Vaccinated: 2 weeks after final dose in primary series
  • Boosters: 1 booster, preferably of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
    • For most people at least 5 months after the final dose in the primary series
  • For adults ages 50 years and older at least 4 months after the first booster: second booster of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Primary Series Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen

  • 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen
  • Fully Vaccinated: 2 weeks after vaccination
  • Boosters:
    • For most people at least 2 months after a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, 1 booster, preferably of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
    • For adults ages 50 years and older, a second booster of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster.

Indoor Masking

BIW provides masks at no cost to employees.

The CDC recommends wearing a mask in the following situations:

  • When caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • If you are at increased risk for severe illness, for example, people who are immunocompromised, older adults, and people with certain underlying medical conditions.
  • When riding on planes, buses, trains, or other forms of public transportation, especially if it is for a long period of time on crowded conveyances.
  • When physical distancing is not possible or when you are in crowded indoor or outdoor public settings.
  • If you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • When county Community Transmission levels are High per the CDC, wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status.
  • At all Community Transmission levels, people can wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

Updated CDC Recommendations on When to Mask or Stay Home If Exposed or When You Test Positive

Definitions

Calculating Quarantine: The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

Calculating Isolation: Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

Exposure: Contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.

Close Contact: A close contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes. People who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 after they completed at least 5 days of isolation are not considered close contacts.

IF YOU were exposed to COVID-19, Whether or not you are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations

  • No quarantine: You do not need to stay home unlessyou develop symptoms.
  • Get tested: Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get testedat least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Watch for symptoms and take precautions until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms: Isolateimmediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask around others.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public.
  • Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

IF YOU were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)

  • No quarantine: You do not need to stay home unlessyou develop symptoms.
  • Watch for symptoms and take precautions until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms: Isolateimmediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask around others.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public.
  • Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

IF YOU Tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status

  • Stay home and isolate for at least 5 full days.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home. Ending isolation if you had symptoms: End isolation after 5 full daysif you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.
  • Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms: End isolation after at least 5 full daysafter your positive test.
  • If you got very sick from COVID-19 or have a weakened immune system: You should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.
  • Take precautions until day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public.
  • Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

Consult with your Primary Care Physician

If you are enrolled in GDBIW Health Insurance, there are 2 ways you can find a Primary Care Provider through Cigna. Login to MyCigna.com and click on “Find Care & Costs” and then “Doctor by Type”. The drop down list will have Primary Care Provider (PCP) as a searchable selection. The directory allows you to search for providers in your area. Or, you can call Cigna at 1-888-551-4072 and their Customer Support Advocates can help you find an in-network PCP in your area.

August 9, 2022 Update – Updated CDC COVID Recommendations

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works continues to follow CDC Coronavirus guidelines related to our recommendations to employees about masking, vaccinations, testing, and quarantining/isolation. The federal CDC has recently updated its guidance, so we are providing this information to all employees.

Vaccines and Boosters

VACCINES AND BOOSTER AVAILABILITY AT BIW

It is not mandatory that employees be vaccinated for COVID-19, although it is highly recommended to reduce the potential severity of illness.

COVID-19 Vaccines and boosters are available onsite from Mid Coast Hospital. Contact Fit for Life at 207-442-3145 to set up an appointment to get vaccinated or boosted.

WHAT DOES THE CDC CONSIDER “FULLY VACCINATED”?

The CDC now considers that you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you according to the eligibility guidelines outlined below.

Vaccine recommendations are different depending on your age, the vaccine you first received, and time since last dose.

Primary Series Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna:

  • 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech given 3–8 weeks apart or 2 doses of Moderna given 4–8 weeks apart.
  • Fully Vaccinated: 2 weeks after final dose in primary series
  • Boosters: 1 booster, preferably of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine o For most people at least 5 months after the final dose in the primary series
  • For adults ages 50 years and older at least 4 months after the first booster: second booster of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Primary Series Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen:

  • 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen
  • Fully Vaccinated: 2 weeks after vaccination
  • Boosters:
    • For most people at least 2 months after a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, 1 booster, preferably of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
    • For adults ages 50 years and older, a second booster of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster.

September 7, 2021 Update – Masks Recommended Indoors for All Employees

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is causing increased case and transmission rates across the country. The Delta variant is predominant in our state and is more infectious and more transmissible than earlier strains. The COVID-19 vaccination is the best personal protection against the virus, including the Delta variant. It is highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death.

However, vaccinated people can still pass the virus to those unable to be vaccinated. In particular, children and immunocompromised individuals are at significant risk of contracting the variant and experiencing severe symptoms.

For these reasons, Bath Iron Works is taking the following layered approach to protecting all employees, their families and the community.

Indoor Mask Recommendation

Wearing masks indoors reduces the spread of the virus and protects the children and family members of employees and the communities supporting BIW. Given this, the following policies are effective immediately:

  • Masks are recommended to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This includes wearing masks at workstations indoors even when workstations are 6 feet apart or in cubicles.
    • “Indoors” is defined as any structure with three or more walls or enclosed equipment or vehicles.
    • Masks will be provided at gates, tool cribs and admin areas.
  • Exceptions to this recommendation may be appropriate in the following situations:
    • When alone in a space with floor to ceiling walls and a closed door, or operating a piece of equipment or vehicle alone.
    • When eating or drinking.
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet or more should be maintained where practical.

Masks will be available at all gates beginning September 8, 2021. These recommendations will apply to visitors and contractors.

Vaccines Available

All employees are highly encouraged to get vaccinated to protect themselves. Free vaccines are available through Fit for Life and at local vaccine clinics.

  • To schedule a vaccine at your BIW worksite on your shift through Fit for Life, contact them at 207-442-3145.

June 9, 2021 Update – COVID-19 Civil Emergency Order Ends

As a result of increased vaccination rates among employees, reduced COVID-19 cases, and Gov. Mills ending the COVID-19 civil emergency order at the end of June, a number of BIW policies concerning COVID-19 will change after Friday, June 25:

  • The company will no longer be doing contact tracing. When an employee notifies the company that they have tested positive for COVID-19, that information will be shared with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which may do its own contact tracing.
  • The Occupational Health Monitoring Program will end. Those currently enrolled in the program will complete their monitoring period but no new employees will be enrolled after June 25.
  • The on-site rapid testing that has been provided in conjunction with the program will also end after June 25.
  • The coronavirus case map will no longer appear on GDBIW.com and the company will no longer make a company-wide announcement when positive cases are reported.
  • The temporary offices where employees checked in when returning to work after being exposed to COVID-19 have been removed. Those returning to work following an exposure to COVID-19 will now check in with the BIW Medical Department.
  • Anyone who is ill or experiencing ANY symptoms that could be associated with COVID-19 should go home or stay home until they contact their provider/urgent care for further recommendations. For information on symptoms, go here.

The Coronavirus Hotline will remain active through July 9 to answer questions about COVID-19 or coronavirus policy changes. After that date, medical, labor relations or benefits questions should be directed to the appropriate department as they were prior to the pandemic.

Beginning in July and continuing through August, we will also be returning all employees that are working from home or on leaves of absence associated with COVID-19. We will be issuing specific communications with more detailed information directly to these employees in the near future.