Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory

BOULDER Status UpdateS

24 November 2021 | J.D. Mowery

Hello U.S. Team,

This is a reminder that the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Policy goes into effect on Wednesday 01DEC21.

What this means to you:

  • If you are not fully vaccinated or you are in the process of completing your vaccination cycle, you must provide evidence of a negative test result until you are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after your final dose).
  • If you choose not to get vaccinated, you must provide evidence of a negative test result beginning 01DEC21, and every week thereafter in order to enter an AGC Biologics U.S. facility.
  • No at home tests are permitted.

If you opt for weekly testing instead of the vaccine, or you have not yet completed your vaccination cycle, be sure to schedule a COVID test over the next few days in order to comply with the 01DEC21 deadline.

Please note: while the session on Monday 29NOV21 will address the practical application of the new policy and answer questions you may have, waiting until then could also pose a tight timeline for test results which can take as long as 48-72 hours. Please use the resources below to find testing and vaccination locations near you.

Where to get vaccinated:

Washington Vaccine Finder

Colorado Vaccine Finder

Boulder County Vaccine Finder

 

Where to get tested:

Washington COVID Testing

Colorado COVID Testing

Boulder County COVID Testing

 

Digital Vaccine Record:

Washington Records

Colorado Records

 

Send proof of vaccination and/or negative test results to COVIDRECORDS@agcbio.com. Visit www.agcbio.com/covid-19 for more information and FAQs.

Many thanks,

J.D.

 

 

22 November 2021 | J.D. Mowery

Hello Everyone,

This message is intended to inform all employees that beginning 01DEC21 you will be required to provide proof of completing a full vaccination cycle or a negative COVID test result on a weekly basis to enter our facilities in the U.S. The policy will apply to all employees at all sites, as well as any visitors, contractors, consultants, and customers (future and current). The structure of this policy is aligned with what we expect to be released from the U.S. authorities in the coming weeks. We believe advancing this policy now is the best means for keeping everyone at our sites safe.

Over the next few days, you will have ample opportunities to gain information about the change and the application of the policy. We strongly encouraged to ask questions frequently in order to be fully informed and educated on the policy.

Another key point to remember – the application of this policy does not supersede or negate our need to continue our social distancing and COVID best practices. We will maintain enforcement these policies and continue to assess essential onsite activities as infection rates change.

Please utilize the following channels for gathering information:

During the week of 29NOV21 our General Managers in the U.S. will host a joint 30 minute Q&A session to allow for direct dialogue as well. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact John Fauver, EHS Manager (SEA) and Jen Wingard, Sr. Manager, EHS (BLD and LGT interim (until 29NOV21)).

Take care and stay well,
J.D.


2 November 2021 | Message from Jen Wingard 

Attachment: Boulder County Public Health Advisory

Dear Colorado Sites,

 

As your safety leader, I ask you to please take a moment to read this message. We at AGC Biologics care about the health of our employees and their loved ones. With that in mind, I would like to share the Public Health Advisory released on Oct. 29 by Boulder County Public Health.  

 

Per the Advisory, Boulder County has seen a recent substantial increase in COVID-19 cases. This is in addition to the high transmission rate the county has experienced over the past month. In three days, Boulder County’s case rate jumped from 127.5 to 177 cases per 100,000.

 

Flu season has not yet begun this year, and when it does begin, BCPH expects it to put extra stress on the healthcare system which is already at over 90% capacity as of last week with 30% of facilities reporting anticipated ICU bed shortages in the coming week and 36% reporting staffing shortages. Taking COVID-19 precautions now will not only prevent additional COVID-19 hospitalizations, but to make sure our hospitals can also provide critical non-COVID emergency and routine care for those who need it in a timely manner.   

 

Boulder County Public Health recommends the following for safer fall and winter festivities: 

Vaccines remain the most effective way to control the spread of COVID-19 and prevent disease and hospitalizations. Per Public Health Orders 2021-08 and 2021-07, masks are required in all public indoor spaces for all people 2 years or older. BCPH strongly recommends that all individuals take the following additional precautions: 

Thank you for taking time to read and acknowledge this guidance. If we all take steps to ensure our personal safety, we help the wellbeing of our community.

Please feel free to contact me with questions.

 

Jen Wingard, CSP

Senior Manager, EHS

Boulder On-site M/W/F

Longmont On-site T/R


1 November 2021 | Message from David Steinbacher 

Dear AGC Biologics U.S. Employees,

Various government agencies and private companies are either mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees or planning to do so in the near future. As a result, many employees have asked what actions AGC Biologics is planning to take to address this important topic.

While the specific details are not yet available, it is anticipated that OSHA will issue a rule within the next several months which will require employers to ensure that their employees be either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or show that they have had a negative COVID test on a weekly basis. Provided that the final OSHA rule contains this vaccination alternative, AGC Biologics plans to also adopt the weekly COVID test option as part of a new COVID-19 vaccination policy. This policy will be finalized and communicated once OSHA issues the details of its vaccination standard. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your EHS Department.

Seattle EHS

John Fauver

jfauver@agcbio.com

425-501-5629

 

Boulder EHS (and interim Longmont EHS)

Jen Wingard

jwingard@agcbio.com  

303-886-6410

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David Steinbacher

Director, EH&S


7 September 2021 | Message from Jen Wingard

All Colorado Employees,

As we are well aware, the COVID 19 virus is still affecting our friends, family, community and our workplace. As such, it is important for us to take the appropriate steps to ensure the safety, health, and wellbeing of ourselves and our coworkers while we are on site. Please familiarize yourself with the following protocols that cover both the Longmont and Boulder facilities.

Health Decision Matrix and COVID-19 Screening Checklist: AGC Colorado attached.

Site Mask Mandate (Effective Friday, September 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM):

  • All employees, contractors, visitors, vendors and guests to either the Boulder or Longmont site will be required to properly wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while inside the facility. This includes:
    • Masks are to be worn while:
      • Moving throughout the building,
      • At your desk if in a cubical,
      • In an office where two or more people are gathered,
      • In conference rooms,
      • In indoor eating areas
    • Exceptions to Mask use:
      • Outside the facility where social distancing can be observed
    • Here is a link to the Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) Public Health Order (2021-08)
    • Tips:
      • Take mask breaks – get outside and move around
      • Eat alone and at least 6’ from others; eat outside as weather allows

COVID Daily Screening Protocol:

  • If you feel sick or are presenting any COVID related symptoms, do not come to work and contact your manager directly.
  • Each employee is requested to check their body temperature prior to coming to the site.
    • BOULDER: When arriving to the Boulder site, all visitors, guests, contractors and employees must take their temperature using the stand-up monitor located in the front lobby.
    • LONGMONT: All visitors, guests, contractors and employees are asked to take their temperature prior to arriving onsite. Thermometers will be available at the front desk in AC27 and at AC22 Security.
  • Masks must be worn indoors while on site.

Checking-in On Site:

  • All visitors, guests, and contractors must sign-in at Security (Boulder front desk or AC22 in Longmont) when they first arrive onsite.
    • Visitors, guests and contractor must also complete the COVID Screening Questionnaire each day.
    • People should sign out for lunch or errands and then sign back in again on arrival.
  • AGC Employees must sign-in at the building they are assigned. At each location is a sign-in book.  Every individual must sign-in when they arrive and when they leave the site.
    • AC27 may sign-in at the front desk of AC27; AC22, AC23, AC24 and AC21 should also have log books.
    • AGC employees do not need to complete the COVID Screening Questionnaire when they are visiting either site.

Reporting Illness/Exposure:

  • Employees should be familiar with the Covid screening checklist and self-trigger on how they are feeling each day. Print a copy of the checklist (attached) and use it at home.
  • Employees are requested to contact their manager if they are feeling ill or are presenting any COVID related symptoms or been exposed to someone presented COVID related symptoms.  If you are not feeling well, please do not come to work and contact your manager directly.
  • Managers, please contact Jen Wingard, jwingard@agc.com if you are contacted by an employee who is ill or presenting any COVID related symptoms. 

Jen Wingard, CSP

Senior Manager, EH&S


2 September 2021 | Message from David Steinbacher 

Attachment: AGC Biologics General Guidance COVID-19 Updated 2 September 2021

Dear AGC Biologics Employees,

The AGC Biologics COVID-19 Guidelines and Health Decision Matrix have been updated (please see attached). The updated guidelines take into account various changes in protective measures made by country and regional health authorities based on vaccination rates and infection rates. We will continue to provide updates as conditions change. 

If you have any questions or concerns, or require additional clarification, please contact your site EHS Department representative.

Best regards,

 

David Steinbacher

Director, EH&S


3 SEPTEMBER 2021 | Message from EH&S

Universal Masking

To support the safety of all the community members, including children who are not eligible for vaccination, Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) issued Public Health Order 2021-08.

 

The order, approved by Board of Health on Sept. 2, requires mask wearing in all indoor public spaces for all individuals 2 years and older regardless of vaccination status and went into effect on Friday, Sept. 3.

 

​Boulder County Public Health is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) comprehensive data tracking system to determine transmission levels. The CDC’s system tracks COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, testing and other metrics to define four levels of community transmission (low, moderate, substantial/significant and high), based on the percentage of positive tests and the number of cases per 100,000 people. The County Level View displays this information for Boulder County.

 

View Boulder County’s current status.

 

11 MARCH 2021 | Message from EH&S

Attachment: AGC Biologics General Guidance COVID-19 Updated 10 MARCH 2021

Dear AGC Biologics Employees,

Attached is an update to the AGC Biologics Coronavirus Requirements and Guidance which contains the following addition:

  • (#16 - New) Additional quarantine guidance is provided for persons who have been fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with a COVID positive individual. Specific criteria is provided.

If you have any questions or concerns, or require additional clarification, do not hesitate to contact your site EHS Department representative.

 

David Steinbacher

Director, EH&S


12 JANUARY 2021 | Message from Eddie Zuno, EH&S 

An update to our bullpen capacity and a reminder of our conference room limits.    

**Managers, please be sure all contractors are aware of the room capacity limits.** 

All Boulder Employees and Contractors,

Due to the recent Public Health Department COVID-19 severity level change from Level Red to now Level Orange, we have updated the capacity limits for our Conference Rooms and bullpens as follows:

The purpose of this email to remind everyone that our bullpens do have maximum capacity limits in order to maintain a safe environment for social distancing.

Below are the Bullpen Maximum Capacity Limits in order to maintain 6 feet of distance:

First Floor:

  • Manufacturing: 7
  • QC: 6

Second Floor:

  • Engineering: 7
  • Mechanics: 6

Conference Room Limits:

  • Flatirons: 4
  • Sand Dunes: 4
  • Chautauqua: 8

All Collaboration Room Limits: 2

All Individual Office Limits: 1

In addition to these limits, individuals should also take the following steps:

  • Maintain 6 feet of distance through the duration of the meeting.
  • Wear a mask or face covering through the duration of the meeting.
  • Wipe down chair and table.  Disinfection spray and paper towels are available.
  • Avoid eating or drinking during the meeting.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me and/or Cliff to discuss.

Best,

Eduardo Zuno

Manager, EH&S


20 DECEMBER 2020 | Message from EH&S

Attachment: AGC Biologics General Guidance COVID-19 Updated 20 December 2020

Dear AGC Biologics Employees,

Attached is an update to the AGC Biologics Coronavirus Requirements and Guidance. Social Distancing requirement #5 has been updated to reflect the following:

  • Facemasks are required at all times for face-to-face meetings involving more than 2 people.
  • Meeting duration must be kept to a minimum to reduce personal contact
  • Eating and drinking is not permitted during face-to face meetings.

If you have any questions or concerns, or require additional clarification, do not hesitate to contact your site EHS Department representative.

Best regards,

David Steinbacher

Director, EH&S


15 DECEMBER 2020 | Message from EH&S

Attachment: AGC Biologics General Guidance COVID-19 Updated 15 December 2020

Dear AGC Biologics Employees,

Attached is an update to the AGC Biologics Coronavirus Requirements and Guidance which contains several changes:

 

  • (#13) The quarantine time for close contact persons has been changed to 10 days (without a COVID test) and symptom free or 7 days (with a negative COVID test taken 48 hours before the end of quarantine) and symptom free.
  • (#14.b.) A person is in close contact if the contact occurred 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. The previous requirement was 6 days prior to a positive diagnosis.
  • (#15 - New) Persons who have tested positive for COVID and recovered, and later are in close contact with a COVID positive person, will not need to quarantine or be tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms.

If you have any questions or concerns, or require additional clarification, do not hesitate to contact your site EHS Department representative.

Best regards,

David Steinbacher, MPH, CSP


9 DECEMBER 2020 | Message from J.D. Mowery 

Hello All,

Please note the update to our current Travel Policy to align with the CDC guidelines in the U.S.

If an individual travels for non-essential reasons outside of the state of Washington and Colorado, then they have the following options:

  1. Quarantine for 10 days. Return to work if you experience no symptoms during the 10-day quarantine.
  2. Quarantine for 7 days. Return to work if you experience no symptoms during the 7-day quarantine. You must get a COVID test 48 hours before returning and it must come back negative. 

There is additional information available at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/FrequentlyAskedQuestions

 

We will also discuss this in the Q & A tomorrow, please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Take care and stay well,

J.D.


1 DECEMBER 2020 | Message from Eddie Zuno

All Boulder Employees and Contractors,

As we continue to establish safety protocols to help our employees, contractors, and guest remain safe and healthy while on site, we must strike the right balance between conducting “business-as-usual” and continuing to leverage appropriate mitigation tactics during these times of COVID.  Social distancing is key!

Our offices, conference rooms, and collaboration rooms pose a specific risk to social-distancing.

Any given office, conference room or collaboration room poses a risk to social-distancing by gathering a group of people in an enclosed space for the duration of the meeting. To counteract this, the solution is straightforward: allow fewer people in the room to ensure more flexibility in maintain social distancing.

To help our teams establish safe practices while in these enclosed spaces, we have set capacity limits that are lower than current capacity limits on all conference and collaboration rooms.  Please review the new limits and safety protocols below:

Conference Room Limits:

  • Flatirons: 3
  • Sand Dunes: 3
  • Chautauqua: 6

All Collaboration Room Limits: 2

All Individual Office Limits: 1

In addition to these limits, individuals should also take the following steps:

  • Maintain 6 feet of distance through the duration of the meeting.
  • Wear a mask or face covering through the duration of the meeting.
  • Wipe down chair and table.  Disinfection spray and paper towels are available.
  • Avoid eating or drinking during the meeting.

Each of us have a personal responsibility to do our part to keep our team and workplace safe.  If you have any questions regarding these steps or any COVID related item, feel free to reach out to me or our HR team (Cliff and Laura).

 

Stay safe and healthy!

Eddie


18 NOVEMBER 2020 | Message from Sarah Wakefield on behalf of BLD Leadership and EH&S 

Links:

Boulder County Press Release

Boulder County Testing Resources Page

BLD Team,

Please see below. You may already be aware that Boulder County moved to “Severe Risk” on the state dial resulting in new restrictions this Friday, 20 November. Please expect follow-up messaging from Boulder Leadership and EH&S soon.

Boulder County Moves to

"Severe Risk" on State Dial

New restrictions go into effect this Friday, November 20

Boulder Risk Level 18.Nov.2020

 


18 NOVEMBER 2020 | Message from Eddie Zuno

Attachment: Working From Home Tips 

All Boulder Employees,

Over the past several weeks we have seen an increase in the number of individuals infected by the COVID virus. 

Here in Colorado, infection rates are increasing and many communities have progressed to a level 4 – High Risk status and some will soon progress to a level 5 – Extreme Risk.  As we continue to monitor the updates from the State and County Public Health Departments, we want to act quickly and mindfully to ensure we are taking all precautions to manage any risks and ensure our employees, vendors, and guests are safe.

Over the past few days, the Boulder Site Leadership Team and members of management have been working with their teams to identify which roles and individuals need to continue to be onsite and which can work effectively at home.  That work has been completed and shortly, managers will be reach out to each employee to communicate their specific work plan.

As you begin to transition into the new work plans, please keep the following items in mind:

  • IT and Systems Access
    • Work with your manager on any tools and resources you need to support your work.  This includes items such as laptops, phones, and system access.
    • VPN access can be requested by entering an IT Computer Support Request (from SharePoint,  AGCBIO Web,  Main page, about 1/3 of the way down on the left navigation bar)
  • Way of working while at home
    • Employees should work closely with their manager to set work expectations.
      • How to communicate, staying connect to manager, team members, stakeholders, etc.
    • Safe work practices at home. Accidents can happen anywhere at any time, which is why we're sharing recommendations to help you maintain a safe environment while you're working remotely. Review the Working From Home Tips document attached.
  • Access to the building
    • Employees who are determined to be able to work remotely, either fulltime or during specific days of the week, should limit their visits to the building.  Should you need to visit the office during this period of time, you must gain approval from your manager prior to entering the building.  This is so we can maintain a safe environment for those employees who need to be onsite.
  • COVID Safety Practices 
    • Employees should continue to maintain personal hygiene and COVID protection standards while at home.
      • Wash and sanitize your hands often.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day.
      • Don't share personal items, like dishes, towels or bedding.
      • Make sure your clothing and linens are washed thoroughly.
      • If you go out into the community, use a face cover or mask, maintain social distance, and wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
    • Should you become exposed to someone who has received a positive COVID test or you present COVID related symptoms, please follow the existing notification process: Notify EHS and your Supervisor/Manager as soon as possible.
  • Personal and Emotional Well-being
    • Although it seems that we are all going through this experience together, at times it may be personally overwhelming.  Resources are available to AGC employees and their dependents through the Employee Assistant Program (EAP).  Simply visit www.mutualofomaha.com/eap or call 800-316-2796 for confidential consultation and resource services.

At this point, we cannot tell you how long we anticipate these plans to remain in place.  We will be monitoring infection rates over the next several months and will as things improve, we will communicate the return-to-work plan and logistics.

These are trying times, but we will get through this safely together.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your manager, Cliff Pacaro in HR, or me directly with any questions or concerns.

Eduardo Zuno

Manager, EH&S


17 NOVEMBER 2020 | Message from Peter Vilby 

Dear All BLD Employees and Contractors,

As the number of people on site is growing and as the infection rates are unfortunately growing, we are in the process of taking further actions to reduce the risk for everyone.

We will be dividing people into three categories, Essential on site, Hybrid and working from home. The status of each person may change over time.

Within the next couple of days there will be much more detailed information shared by EHS and HR to ensure that everyone is aligned with how we move forward and how we manage requests for changes and exceptions.

We have already asked the SIA consultants to work from home to the extent possible and you are welcome to discuss with your manager if you can work from home the next couple of days until we have the new situation fully mapped. In addition we will increase the number of wipes and hand sanitizers distributed across the site.

To further reduce the risk please avoid in person meetings with more than 2-3 participants and please choose a meeting room rather than a small office if you are having 1:1’s.

Let’s keep each other safe

Best regards

Peter Vilby

Interim Site Head & General Manager, BLD


13 NOVEMBER  2020 | Message from David Steinbacher 

Attachment: AGC Biologics General Guidance COVID-19 Updated 12 November 2020

Dear AGC Biologics Employees,

Attached is an update to the AGC Biologics Coronavirus Requirements and Guidance which contains a change in our daily temperature check requirement found in requirement #4. This change is being made due to the increasing rate of COVID infections being observed in all global regions and the need to ensure the safety and health of all employees at each location.

It is mandatory that each employee check their body temperature at the start of the day when arriving onsite using the temperature kiosk station or hand-held thermometer provided.

If you have any questions or concerns, or require additional clarification, do not hesitate to contact your site EHS Department representative.

Best regards,

David Steinbacher, MPH, CSP

Director, EH&S


24 SEPTEMBER 2020 | Message from David Steinbacher 

Attachment: AGC Biologics Coronavirus Travel Policy and Advisory

Dear AGC Biologics Employees,

Attached is an update to the AGC Biologics Coronavirus Travel Policy and Advisory. Requirement #3 in the Quarantine Requirements; Air Travel section has been added.

If you have any questions or concerns, or require additional clarification, do not hesitate to contact your site EHS Department representative.

 

Best regards,

David Steinbacher, MPH, CSP

Director, EH&S


20 SEPTEMBER 2020 | Message from David Steinbacher 

Attachment: AGC Biologics Coronavirus Travel Policy and Advisory

Dear AGC Biologics Employees,

Attached is an update to the AGC Biologics Coronavirus Travel Policy and Advisory which contains a change to section: Quarantine Requirements; Air Travel ( requirements  1 and 2). As COVID conditions and country restrictions are frequently changing, we are continuing to monitor the pandemic situation closely and will provide future updates as necessary.

If you have any questions or concerns, or require additional clarification, do not hesitate to contact your site EHS Department representative.

 

Best regards,

David Steinbacher, MPH, CSP

Director, EH&S


17 SEPTEMBER 2020 | Message from Sarah Wakefield on Behalf of US HR 

SEA and BLD Teams,

Please find links to Employee Assistance Program documents, as discussed in yesterday’s Town Hall meeting, below:

Employee Assistance Program Summary  

Navigating an Uncertain School Year

Managing Daily Life During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Returning to the Workplace

 

Contact your HR Business Partner with any questions. Thank you!

 

Sarah Wakefield

Director, Employer Brand and Internal Communication


27 JULY 2020 | Message from David Steinbacher 

Dear AGC Biologics Employees,

 

In order to be consistent with our efforts to prevent transmission of COVID-19 at each of our locations, we need to exercise the same degree of diligence during business travel and when considering after-hour facility activities. Country and local regulations pertaining to restaurant dining and social gatherings has been shown to vary widely depending on regional infection rates and reopening stages. The risk of transmission increases as restrictions are relaxed which runs contrary to the strong measures we have taken at each site to prevent infection.

 

For this reason, effective immediately, dinners and social gatherings involving groups of AGC Biologics employees alone, or in association with contractors or clients, are not permitted due to the increased risk of COVID-19 transmission.  

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me or your site EHS representative. 

 

Best regards,

David Steinbacher, MPH, CSP

Director, EH&S


22 JULY 2020 | Message from Colorado Department of Labor and Employment 

 

CO Dept of Labor & Employment Logo

Hello,

 

I wanted to take a minute to touch base with you on Governor Polis’ statewide mask order of Thursday (EO D 2020 138), which requires that individuals over ten years old must wear masks over their mouths/noses when moving in an indoor public space and when using public or non-personal transportation.  Related to the Governor’s EO, I’ve attached a couple of informational documents which you might find useful information to share with your colleagues, employees, customers and others--simply put, wearing masks is a proven way to significantly reduce COVID transmission, which directly impacts Colorado’s ability to keep our businesses open, our citizens safe, and to reclaim our healthy economy.

 

Based on our past work together, I know that you are committed and working hard on Colorado’s overall economic recovery effort, including re-employment and job training and skills development, workplace and worker safety, and economic development and business revitalization efforts in multiple sectors of our economy.  While these complex core functions of CDLE and our partnership with you require sustained and focused effort, there is meanwhile one easy contribution each of us can make-- wear a mask in public!  It makes good economic sense--to keep Colorado businesses open and to save and restore Colorado jobs.  

Hopefully, the attached information will be helpful in sharing this message, and in advance, thanks for pitching in with this effort.  Here is the Q&A Fact Sheet and a link to the press release from the Governor’s website, please share with your respective stakeholder groups.

 

Sincerely,

Joe M Barela

Executive Director

CO Dept of Labor & Employment Logo

We Keep Colorado Working.

Mailing Address 633 17th Street., Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80202


22 JUNE 2020 | Message from David Steinbacher 

Attachment: AGC Biologics General Guidance COVID-19

Attachment: AGC Biologics Travel Policy and Advisory 

Dear AGC Biologics Employees,

 

Attached are updated “AGC Biologics Requirements and Guidance: Response to Worldwide COVID-19 Pandemic” and “AGC Biologics Coronavirus Travel Policy and Advisory”. We continue to monitor the coronavirus situation closely and will provide additional updates as necessary.

 

This update provides additional clarification and information on:

  • Quarantine requirements
  • Guidance for return to work if COVID positive and asymptomatic
  • Expanded guidance on visitors/clients
  • Updated COVID-19 Health Decision Matrix for specific scenarios included

 

If you have any questions or concerns, or require additional clarification, do not hesitate to contact your site EHS Department representative.

 

Best regards,

David Steinbacher, MPH, CSP

Director, EH&S


 

31 MAY 2020 | Message from David Steinbacher 

Attachment: AGC Biologics Coronavirus Travel Policy and Advisory UPDATED

Dear AGC Biologics Employees,

Attached is an update to the AGC Biologics Coronavirus Travel Policy and Advisory which includes new guidelines on travel between countries by ground transportation. If you have any questions or concerns, or require additional clarification, do not hesitate to contact your site EHS Department representative.

 

Best regards,

David Steinbacher, MPH, CSP

Director, EH&S


 

21 MAY 2020 | Message from David Steinbacher

Attachment: AGC Biologics Coronavirus Travel Policy and Advisory

Dear AGC Biologics Employees,

Attached is an update to the AGC Biologics Coronavirus Travel Policy and Advisory which contains a change to the domestic business air travel requirements. We continue to monitor the pandemic situation closely and will provide future updates as necessary.

If you have any questions or concerns, or require additional clarification, do not hesitate to contact your site EHS Department representative.

 

Best regards,

David Steinbacher, MPH, CSP

Director, EH&S


 

25 APRIL 2020 | News Coverage (U.S.)

KOIN 6 in Portland featured our AGC Biologics partner CytoDyn and the work we are doing together on Leronlimab. You can view the feature story here.

KOIN 6 Feature 042520

 


24 APRIL 2020 | Press Release

We announced our partnership with AdaptVac to develop and produce a COVID-19 vaccine. Read the press release here

AdaptVac Press Release

 


 

3 APRIL 2020 | News Coverage (U.S.)

On Friday, 3 APRIL 2020, we were featured in a local Seattle news segment for KIRO7 because of the work we are doing with CytoDyn on Leronlimab, which is currently being tested on 10 critically ill COVID-19 patients in New York. 

 

HubSpot Video

 


 

24 MARCH 2020 | Message from Learning & Performance 

Hello, Seattle Team! 

With the number of our global employees now working remotely, we’d like to offer some training and resources to help. Please see below for training offerings and calendar links. If you’re unable to attend the training below, we'll make recordings available afterwards. Simply click on a calendar link to add it to your calendar. 

If you have questions about this training or would like to request specific training, please contact Krista Lewis at krlewis@agcbio.com.

TRAINING: “Effectively Using Zoom”

MARCH 26 (10am)  or MARCH 31 (2pm)

 

Want some tips and tricks on virtual meeting etiquette? If so, click here to see best practices. Want a step-by-step user guide for using Zoom? If so, click here for instructions and troubleshooting help. 

 

TRAINING: “Hosting Successful Virtual Meetings”

MARCH 27 (3pm)

 

RESOURCES

LinkedIn Learning is now offering free online courses on topics such as:

• Maximizing Efficiency and Productivity of Remote Work
• Managing the Impact of Adjusting to Your New Work Environment
• Remotely Managing and Leading Teams
• Getting to Know Remote Work Productivity Tools

 

These online classes typically require an expensive yearly subscription, so take advantage while you can! Click here and then scroll down to see all of the available courses.

 

Finally, here’s an article that you might find helpful: “How to Work From Home Without Losing Your Sanity.”


23 MARCH 2020 | In the News

Governor Inslee issues ‘stay at home’ proclamation for Washington state

Gov. Inslee address Washington state residents on Monday, March 23, 2020. (TVW screengrab)


 

 

13 MARCH 2020 | Message from our CEO

 

Dear AGC Biologics Employees,

As you know, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now a classified pandemic. Several drastic actions have been taken by authorities worldwide to mitigate the spread of the virus. This is an emergency situation and we must act accordingly.

 

My primary concern is the health of our team members here at AGC Biologics, and those who work closely with us (employees, vendors, and contractors). As responsible individuals, we must take care of ourselves first. This is our TOP priority! Please take every precaution to minimize contact with others and apply proper hygiene and disinfecting measures.

 

In addition to taking care of our own health, we have a responsibility to the patients who depend on us. The newly established Business Continuity Committee, which I am part of, is responsible for the actions and policies put in place to ensure that we continue to operate. The Committee is in constant surveillance of the situation and we are implementing new measures every day. Please make sure to read all communication and follow the guidance provided by your site leadership team.

 

I am confident that we will overcome this situation soon. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves – your health and wellness comes first.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Patricio E. Massera

President & CEO