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Loomis Operations Update During Third Surge

Aug 24, 2021
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Loomis Operations Update During Third Surge

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Delta variant strain of COVID-19 cases is continuing to spread across the US. As a result, hospitalizations are now surging, with  infection rates for children and adults under 50 hitting their highest levels yet.

The CDC is now recommending that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear cloth face masks indoors in public if in an area of high transmission and that all eligible persons get their vaccination if they have not done so. Vaccinations have proven to reduce the severity of the Delta variant infection and the length of time a person is infectious. A third round of vaccines will be available in the Fall of 2021 for the fully vaccinated who need a booster shot.

Loomis is optimistic that as more people become aware of the vaccinations’ positive role in reducing hospitalizations, severe illness, and mortality rates, the hesitancy to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination will continue to decrease. Some states are already seeing their vaccination numbers more than double as the impact of the surge continues to be felt.

 
Loomis COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

 

At our branches, we persist in driving home the importance of vaccinations with our employees. As Loomis employees are Essential Employees under the Cyber Infrastructure Security Agency act of 2018, we continue to provide them with the resources and the guidance they need to help them obtain these vaccines.

Loomis also continues to enforce mask mandates and physical distancing with our employees who work in our branches and interface with our customers at their locations.

During these challenging times, we continue to work with our customers to accommodate their specific service requirements and follow mitigation best practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. We always strive to align our efforts with the best interests of our customers.

Loomis COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Incentive Program Continues

 

Loomis continues to encourage all of its employees to get their COVID-19 vaccination, as it is the most effective way to reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants. Our vaccine incentive program, which provides employees a $50 gift card when they provide proof of completing the vaccination process, is currently taking hold at our branches. We will provide more information on our vaccination success rate in the coming weeks.

 

Customer Branch Audits Access Policy Update

Customers and their delegates who perform audits at Loomis facilities are no longer required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test to be granted access to a Loomis facility. Customers and their delegates still must meet the following requirements to enter the branch:

  • Customers and their delegates at a Loomis facility must pass a Wellness Check screening. The screening consists of a no-contact temperature check and brief questionnaire to determine if the customer or delegates have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. Wellness Check results are not recorded.
  • Customers and their delegates must wear an approved face mask within the Loomis facility that fits snugly over their mouth, nose, and chin area at all times. As an additional precautionary measure to limit the spread of COVID-19, masks will also be required for customers and their delegates who are fully vaccinated.

Visitor branch access that is not critical to business operations remains prohibited until further notice, with the exception of Customer Branch Audits.

Updated CDC guidelines recommend that fully vaccinated individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should be tested for COVID-19. Because of this reason, fully vaccinated individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will not be admitted to a Loomis facility.

 

COVID-19 Reduction Strategies

The following COVID-19 reduction strategies are in effect for all Loomis employees at our branches and customer service locations:

  • Cloth face masks: Loomis branch management reminds employees to follow mask guidelines at our branches and at customer service locations. Cloth face masks remain mandatory at Loomis for all employees, visitors, and customers with delegates performing audits, including those who are fully vaccinated. Loomis has a limited supply of masks at our branches, so visitors and customers with delegates performing audits are encouraged to bring their own approved cloth face masks.
  • Social distancing: At our branches, social distancing remains in effect in our breakrooms with staggered scheduling for employees to facilitate distancing a minimum of six feet. Large gatherings of employees are prohibited, and when employees are required to stand in line, the floors are marked with floor decals that indicate a minimum distance of six feet.
     
  • Wellness Check screenings and thermal temperature checks: All Loomis employees, customers with delegates performing audits, and visitors are subject to Wellness Check screenings. Employees, visitors, and customers with delegates who have symptoms will not be allowed into the branch. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, including those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, will not be permitted to access the Loomis facility. Loomis branches with large numbers of employees are equipped with contactless fever detection devices to streamline the COVID-19 symptom screening process.
     
  • Health and hygiene: Branch employees continue to practice COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols as they perform their jobs, including frequent handwashing with soap and water or hand sanitizer, avoiding hand contact of the eyes, nose, mouth, and face, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
     
  • Branch sanitization and disinfection: Branches and vehicles are regularly cleaned; if a branch is determined to be in a ‘hot spot’ area, it will be cleaned at a higher frequency. High-touch areas at the branches are sanitized throughout the day, and employees are responsible for sanitizing their work areas with disinfectant wipes at the end of their shifts. Hand-held devices are cleaned throughout the day and night. Disinfectant wipes are kept near branch time clocks so that our employees can disinfect their keypads, and paper towel dispensers are located near facility doors to eliminate physical contact with the door.
     
  • COVID-19 testing policy:  If a Loomis employee tests positive for COVID-19, our protocols require that any of their contacts be traced and notified. In line with CDC guidelines, no employee will be allowed to return to work until they are free of symptoms.
Monitoring Loomis Employee COVID-19 Health Issues

At Loomis Branches, COVID-19 related health issues are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by the Loomis executive team. Branch staffing fluctuations and absenteeism are reviewed daily to ensure the fulfillment of our customers’ contractual service agreements. Loomis continues to secure and maintain the continuity of our branch operations throughout the US.

Our customers will be notified via their Account Manager or as part of the Loomis Business Continuity Emergency Alert System if there is an unavoidable service interruption.

Our vigilance of branch health issues demonstrates our commitment to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and to maintaining the health and safety of our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve. We always strive to fulfill our customers’ needs and help support their businesses.

 

Questions or Concerns?

If you have questions about your Loomis products or services or any of your locations are experiencing operational disruptions resulting from COVID-19, please reach out to your Account Manager or our Customer Contact Center at 877-877-0560. In addition, if you are aware of any financial institutions or retail entities that may need Loomis’ assistance during this time, please let us know.

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