An employee at VSY has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual last worked on Wednesday, January 27. Following a positive test result, they are now isolating at home and we wish them well in their recovery.
Through contact tracing we have identified five co-workers as potential close contacts. Out of an abundance of caution, the five co-workers have been advised by Public Health to isolate at home. The areas occupied during the period of potential exposure have been fully cleaned and sanitized.
It has been a while since we have had a reported positive COVID-19 case at Seaspan and, frankly, in this instance, we got lucky. Fortunately, given the nature of the individuals’ work and the limited number of people working in the vicinity, there is a low risk to other employees. But this incident is a blunt reminder that this second wave of the pandemic is as bad, if not worse, than the first wave and there is no room for complacency.
So far during the pandemic, Seaspan employees have been leaders in the community – staying safe by following the advice of public health – at work and outside of work. As an example, at one-point last year, Seaspan had a .003% infection rate compared to .008% in the wider Vancouver community. Our team in Victoria is also demonstrating leadership that I am very proud of. But we cannot forget that COVID comes to work with us and that what we do outside of work impacts our workplace.
Earlier this month new province-wide restrictions were established. BC has seen an increase in new cases, many of which are connected to travel to and from the Lower Mainland, such as the non-essential travel which has sparked recent outbreaks in the province’s ski resorts. I want to reinforce what Dr. Bonnie Henry, our Provincial Health Officer, said in her update just yesterday:
“Doing our part is all of our responsibility, whether an individual, workplace or business. Just as we are asking every person to help keep our wall strong, without exception, so we need businesses to do the same.”
Her message is clear: what we do at our shipyards is an important part of keeping that protective wall strong. This is not the time to let our guard down, let each other down, or to let down Dr. Henry, who has been a champion of our communities, families and our shipyards.
My message is equally clear:
- If you are experiencing any symptoms, do the right thing and do not come to work. Stay at home, advise your supervisor and seek appropriate medical attention.
- Complete daily self-assessments and report any changes to your health, however minor they may feel. Any symptom could be an early indication that you have contracted the coronavirus.
- You must wear a mask in enclosed spaces, in office spaces when not seated, and when you are not able to physically maintain distance.
- Follow all other essential preventative measures such as basic hand-sanitizing to ensure both you and your co-workers stay healthy.
- If you are concerned or have any questions, please contact the dedicated hotline for the Wellness team (e: firstname.lastname@example.org; t: 604-984-1313).
Stay focused on being safe at work and outside of work – it’s for everyone’s benefit.
Thanks, and have a good weekend.
Teamwork Builds Ships