HudsonAlpha Updates on COVID-19


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HudsonAlpha is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The health, safety, and well-being of our employees, associate companies and campus guests is our top priority. We have issued the following policies and recommendations regarding our employees, associate companies, visitors and program participants:

Operational Status as of April 3, 2020: Operating under restricted campus access

Education Events Postponed:

HudsonAlpha has postponed all in-person Educational Outreach programs and activities until further notice. Our course with the University of Alabama Huntsville will transition to an online format.

Information and updates about rescheduled programs can be found at  hudsonalpha.org.

Campus Visitor Policy:

  • Campus Access
    • Our buildings are closed to general public access
      • All occupants (HudsonAlpha employees and associate companies)  need badge for entry
        • All exterior doors of our campus buildings require badge access
        • Visitors with a business need to be on campus need to contact an occupant directly for building access, and must be escorted at all times
          • Similar to December holiday period, there is no staff at the reception desks
        • Anyone who has been in contact with an infected individual in the past 14 days is prohibited from visiting the HudsonAlpha campus
        • The Anita Loya Cafe is open only to campus occupants (and business-essential escorted visitors) and is providing CARRY OUT ONLY orders.
          • All atrium seating for the cafe has been removed. Orders will be provided in carry-out containers; no trays or plates will be used. Please remember to follow the signs posted and observe appropriate social distancing (~6 ft) while in line in the cafe.
          • Orders for catering will continue to be fulfilled, as long as they meet the criteria outlined by the Governor (less than 25 people, appropriate distance/space provided).
      • Recognizing that all schools are closed, no children should be brought to campus
    • All other campus support functions (i.e.; shipping & receiving, janitorial, etc.) remain operational

Remote Work Policy:

All HudsonAlpha employees whose job duties permit, are required to work from home to the extent possible.

In cases where employees still need to come to campus – we encourage supervisors to take additional steps to enhance social distancing, such as staggering shifts to reduce the number of employees present at a given time.

Travel Policy:

  • All HudsonAlpha-sponsored travel is prohibited
  • Personal travel is strongly discouraged, especially by mass transit or air travel
  • If you have traveled to an area that is experiencing community spread of the disease, do not come to campus

General Prevention Recommendations:

Everyone is highly encouraged to adhere to best practices to avoid getting sick:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Any kind of soap works well, but in general, even in the absence of this outbreak, it is better NOT to use soap that has “antibacterial” in its label.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose, and mouth).
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Reconsider standard greetings such as hugging and shaking hands.

Information/Resources

● Alabama Department of Public Health
 Center for Disease Control (CDC)
● Stop the Spread of Germs flyer
● Stop the Spread of Germs slides