Coronavirus Information & Updates Feb/March

March 31, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Employees

COVID-19 Update for Employees - PDF

PUBLISHED: March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Employees

NASSCO has been informed that a second employee has tested presumptively positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). This employee last worked on March 27, 2020, in the Calibration lab at Tidelands 2, and a brief period on B lane. The individuals identified as having close contact with this employee have been personally notified and they are at home for a self-monitoring period.

As a reminder, if you have any of the symptoms of the coronavirus including shortness of breath, persistent coughing or fever, please stay home and call your health care provider for further medical information. We ask that you also contact NASSCO Human Resources at 619- 544-8585 or HRCV19@Nassco.com. If you are at work and start to experience these symptoms, please notify your supervisor, leave work immediately and call the number above for further guidance.

This is a troubling and uncertain time for everyone. Thank you for doing what you can to help stop the spread of this virus.

Please see our latest updates here: www.NASSCO.com. NASSCO employees can text “NASSCO” to 877-789-8398 for updates via SMS.

March 27, 2020 - Message from the President

Message from the President - PDF

PUBLISHED: March 27, 2020

Message from the President

Dear NASSCO Colleagues,

Today we were notified that a member of the NASSCO team has tested presumptive positive for the COVID-19 virus. I would like to take a few moments to update you on our fight against this virus and what we’re doing to address the concerns we all share.

For our presumptively positive colleague, this individual has not been at work for several days and will remain off-site, as will those employees who have been in close contact. We immediately contacted any employees that were identified as being in close contact with this individual, and they will remain home for a 14-day self-monitoring period. For this case, we followed the containment guidance from the CDC, including the necessary cleaning and sanitizing.

Like all of you, I am concerned about all NASSCO families. It is critically important that we all play our role in reducing the risk to ourselves and those around us. We must continue to practice proper hygiene, social distancing, and the recommended guidelines as we fight together against COVID-19. Most importantly, if you are sick, if someone in your family is sick, or if you or someone in your family has been exposed to the virus, Do Not Come to Work. You have a number of options for ensuring your family’s economic security and should contact HR (619-544-8585) to understand the next steps and available resources.

We remain open because the President of the United States and the United States Navy has mandated that we do so, recognizing that the work we do is so essential to our nation, and that we must not shut down. It is important now more than ever that we meet this challenge together, in a proud OneNASSCO way.

Dave Carver President, General Dynamics NASSCO

March 25, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Employees

COVID 19 Update for Employees - PDF

PUBLISHED: March 25, 2020

COVID 19 Update For Employees - Masks

To all Operations employees in New Construction & Repair,

In his letter to all employees dated 3/19/20, Dave Carver explained why General Dynamics NASSCO must continue operations during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

While we must continue working to meet our obligations, it is NOT business as usual.

We must ALL do our part to keep coworkers, ourselves and our families safe and minimize the potential risk of transmitting the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the shipyard. We can do this by following the CDC recommendations:

  • Do not come to work if you have flu like symptoms and contact the NASSCO COVID-19 hotline (619) 544 8585
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face
  • If you wear gloves, wash your hands after removing them
  • Try not to use another person's phone, tools or equipment
  • Limit group gatherings or meetings to less than ten people and practice social distancing (keeping at least 6 feet away from another person) when possible. Please note this includes during breaks and meal times.

In recognition of the fact that practicing social distancing in the shipyard is easy for some but not easy for everybody, I am asking everyone in New Construction and Repair Operations to wear a respirator, a mask or other type of barrier such as a neck gaiter in order to prevent particles from our mouths becoming airborne.

Over the next few days, Operations employees will be issued with either a respirator, a mask or a neck gaiter depending on where they are working and what job they are doing.

You've read the signs "We're all in this together". Please use the mask type issued to you and take good care of it, as supplies are limited. With proper care and attention, each mask can be re-used many times. The same rules applies to respirators and masks as with other PPE, please do not share your respirator/mask with anyone else or use another person's respirator/mask.

Steve Davison, VP Operations

March 24, 2020 - Temporary Hand Wash Map

Temporary Hand Wash Station Map - PDF

PUBLISHED: March 20, 2020

NASSCO Employee and Subcontractor Pass

In accordance with Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense, and Christopher Krebs, Director of the Department of Homeland Security, members of the defense industry base like General Dynamics NASSCO, are considered critical infrastructures and are directed to remain open. Employees and subcontractors of companies supporting the national defense, and manufacturing in support of these critical sectors have been designated as part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. The important work you perform for our company impacts the United States’ national security and the safety of United States citizens worldwide.

Please carry this document with you to and from your facility and produce to any law enforcement official that may inquire as to your presence on the roads in light of any restrictions on travel or work. You will need to present your NASSCO badge along with this letter.

Sincerely,

Steve Solomon Vice President Human Resources

March 20, 2020 - COVID-19 NASSCO Employee and Subcontractor Pass

NASSCO Employee and Subcontractor Pass

NASSCO Employee and Subcontractor Pass - Spanish Language Version - PDF

NASSCO Employee and Subcontractor Pass

In accordance with Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense, and Christopher Krebs, Director of the Department of Homeland Security, members of the defense industry base like General Dynamics NASSCO, are considered critical infrastructures and are directed to remain open. Employees and subcontractors of companies supporting the national defense, and manufacturing in support of these critical sectors have been designated as part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. The important work you perform for our company impacts the United States’ national security and the safety of United States citizens worldwide.

Please carry this document with you to and from your facility and produce to any law enforcement official that may inquire as to your presence on the roads in light of any restrictions on travel or work. You will need to present your NASSCO badge along with this letter.

Sincerely,

Steve Solomon
Vice President Human Resources

March 19, 2020 - Message from the President

Message from the President - PDF

PUBLISHED: March 19, 2020

Message from the President

Fellow NASSCO Employees,

We are currently experiencing an unprecedented time in our history. The challenges we face as a business, and as a society, are uncharted waters. I share your concerns, and the safety of our workforce is at the forefront of my daily decision-making.

General Dynamics NASSCO has been deemed mission essential, and it is important that we accomplish that mission. We will remain open in accordance with the President's guidance, which specifically identifies the defense industrial base as being among the critical infrastructure industries having a "special responsibility" to maintain a normal work schedule during the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a defense contractor, we cannot unilaterally refuse to perform our government contracts or discontinue operations, and because of this, we do not have the discretion to shut down.

NASSCO is regularly assessing the state of affairs related to COVID-19. We have implemented all current government-recommended measures to mitigate spread of the disease and continue to work closely with our employees, customers, suppliers, and our community to keep everyone informed.

We are continuing to add new hand-washing stations, distribute personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies throughout our facilities. Meetings have been restricted to business-essential only, and we have implemented screening of all visitors to NASSCO facilities. Regular cleaning throughout our buildings and work areas has been increased, and we are actively working to limit the gathering of people. Additionally, we are sending regular communications on the best practices for maintaining personal hygiene, a clean work environment and other relevant updates.

With the recent closing of schools and the restrictions set by the government, we are exercising flexibility in company policies and making an effort to provide shift alternatives and remote work whenever possible. If you are facing challenges, I encourage you to discuss them with your supervisor.

During a conference call today, The Honorable James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition took a moment to personally thank all the shipbuilders for continuing to execute our important work. I am also thankful for the hard work and commitment from the entire NASSCO team.

Dave Carver President, General Dynamics NASSCO

March 18, 2020 - COVID-19 Yard update for Employees

COVID-19 Yard update for Employees - PDF

PUBLISHED: March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Yard Update for Employees

General Dynamics NASSCO continues to closely monitor the events related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Additional hand-washing areas are located throughout the yard in an effort to prevent/limit the spread of the virus.

Additionally, Moody’s food trucks will be offering more grab-and-go food items in an effort to minimize the number of people congregating together during meal and break periods. Please remember to keep a reasonable distance from one another, whenever possible. We are all in this together.

Please see our latest updates here: www.NASSCO.com. NASSCO employees can text “NASSCO” to 877-789-8398 for updates via SMS.

March 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Employees

COVID-19 Update for Employees - PDF

PUBLISHED: March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Employees

General Dynamics NASSCO continues to closely monitor the events related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In order to prevent and/or limit the spread of the virus, we all need to:

  • Maintain reasonable distance from one another, whenever possible.
  • Wash our hands regularly. Additional hand-washing areas are located throughout the yard, bringing the total number to more than 100. We have also increased janitorial services.
  • Avoid large gatherings. Events like SIGNs events, Fidelity, Blood Drive, Veteran’s Network meetings etc. have been cancelled or postponed.
  • Do not come to work if you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms or have been in close contact with someone confirmed positive with COVID-19. Contact HR at HRCV19@nassco.com or (619) 544-8585.

Please contact your supervisor if you have any questions regarding your work area.

With the rapidly changing developments of COVID-19, we will continue to communicate openly with our employees, suppliers, stakeholders and our community to keep them informed. Please see our latest updates here: www.NASSCO.com. NASSCO employees can text “NASSCO” to 877-789-8398 for updates via SMS.

March 16, 2020 - Frequently Asked Questions/Supervisors Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions/Supervisors Guidelines - PDF

Frequently Asked Questions/Supervisors Guidelines Re: Employee Absences Due to the Coronavirus

PUBLISHED: March 16, 2020

  1. School closings: an employee is experiencing childcare issues in light of school closings, what should I do?
    1. NASSCO intends to be as flexible as possible. Supervisors should discuss with the employee options to move to a different shift, change reporting hours, or work remotely temporarily so long as the change will not impose significant disruption to business operations. Supervisors should coordinate with their department leadership to approve changes to work schedules or locations.However, if no alterations in shift or schedule is sufficient and an employee must be out or is requesting leave, here are the following leave options:· Use accrued sick leave hours · Use accrued vacation hours, with supervisor approval · Request an unpaid personal leave of absenceEmployees on an unpaid status may qualify for income replacement benefits through California’s Employment Development Department. For more information go to: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htmThese options are also available for employees experiencing other challenges relating to COVID-19, such as transportation issues, self-quarantine decisions, and other family concerns. Additional options are being considered for individuals who exhaust available paid time off hours.
  2. Personal illness or leave to care for a sick family member: an employee has a question, what should I tell them? 
    1. If an employee reports flu-like symptoms to you, including fever or cough, please have the employee quickly gather personal belongings and proceed immediately out of the yard with the following instructions (cards are available with this information):

      COVID-19 NASSCO EMPLOYEES ONLY
      For Information & Absence Reporting Contact: (619) 544-8585
      or Email HRCV19@nassco.com
      * Provide Your Name, Badge and Phone Number

      If you are experiencing COVID-19 Related Symptoms
      Contact your Health Care Provider
      Anthem BCBS: 844-274-9561
      Kaiser Permanente: 833-574-2273
      SIMNSA: 800-424-4652

    2. As for leave-related questions, HR will work directly with employees on a case-by-case basis for next steps and instructions on accrued time available, short-term disability programs, and other paid family leave options, as well as when and how to return to work. Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 may be required to self-quarantine and HR will help guide them through the process for leave.
  3. What do we tell subcontractors?
    1. NASSCO supports flexibility during this time, but requests that subcontractors work directly with their own employers for options. Just like NASSCO employees, if a subcontractor reports flu-like symptoms to you, immediately send them out and direct them to contact their employer. Please inform Enette Perez, Subcontractor Administrator, regarding any actions relating to subcontractors. Additionally, a letter will be issued to all sub-contractors/labor providers. 
  4. Where can I find up-to-date information or additional resources regarding information distributed by NASSCO concerning the coronavirus?
    1. Go to www.NASSCO.com and there will links to common resources and informational updates.
March 13, 2020 - Coronavirus Update for Employees - School Closings & Childcare Planning

Coronavirus Update for Employees - School Closings & Childcare Planning - PDF

Coronavirus Update for Employees - School Closings & Childcare Planning

PUBLISHED: March 13, 2020

General Dynamics NASSCO is continuing to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. At this time, multiple school districts have announced closures for an undetermined period of time.

If NASSCO employees are experiencing challenges to childcare, they should discuss options to work a different shift with their supervisor.

March 12, 2020 - Coronavirus: Impacts to Supplier Visits to NASSCO Facilities

Coronavirus: Impacts to Supplier Visits to NASSCO Facilities - PDF

Read the PDF to review impacts to supplier visits to NASSCO facilities due to COVID-19

March 10, 2020 - Coronavirus Update for Employees

Coronavirus Update for Employees - PDF

Coronavirus Update for Employees

PUBLISHED: March 10, 2020

General Dynamics NASSCO continues to closely monitor the events related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are regularly assessing the actions and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will continue to monitor the situation. Additionally, the U.S Department of State has issued multiple warnings regarding travel to impacted countries/regions and in some locations, where travel restrictions are in place, airlines have suspended flights. The following is current guidance to employees:

  1. Business Travel:
    • Effective immediately, all non-essential business travel is suspended.
    • All other business travel must be approved by executive leadership via your travel coordinator and management team.
  2. Personal Travel
    • Check the CDC webpage for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country/region to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to impacted countries/regions is available.
    • Employees are strongly encouraged not to visit countries/regions designated by the CDC as Level 2 or Level 3, and should take precautions when visiting countries/regions with confirmed cases of COVID-19.
    • Any employee returning from personal travel to a country/region designated by the CDC as a Level 2 or Level 3, or which becomes a Level 2 or Level 3 during their travel time, is asked to contact NASSCO Human Resources prior to returning to work, via the following means:  619-544-8585 or email, HRCV19@nassco.com.
  3. Preventing Illness:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • If you do not have a tissue, cough into your elbow or sleeve instead of your hand.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  4. Employees who are experiencing Flu symptoms: 
    • In accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance on maintaining a healthy workplace and best practices, employees who have a fever, respiratory symptoms (excluding allergies), or other contagious illness should stay home. Employees should be free of flu symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing and any symptom-altering medicines, before returning to work.  Employees should notify their supervisor if they are sick.  When you are sick, you may use paid sick leave or, if you do not have paid sick leave available, unpaid leave. Alternatively, you may use vacation leave, with supervisor approval.
    • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should immediately notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for caregivers in order to minimize their exposure and prevent transmission of the virus. Employees in this scenario may be required to self-quarantine.
  5. Additional Resources
Feb 12, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Employees

Coronavirus Update for Employees - PDF

Coronavirus Update for Employees

PUBLISHED: February 12, 2020

General Dynamics NASSCO has been closely monitoring the events related to the novel coronavirus, which was initially detected in Wuhan, China. While the virus has mostly impacted those residing in China, countries and airlines have been taking precautions to prevent it from spreading.

Person-to-person transmission of the virus is thought to occur and spreads in the same manner as influenza and other common respiratory pathogens, including coughing, sneezing, and touching your mouth, nose or eyes after contact with a surface contaminated with the virus. For more information about symptoms and technical guidance, please visit the World Health Organization’s website.

The U.S. Department of State issued a warning recommending that American citizens do not travel to mainland China. In some impacted regions, there are travel restrictions in place and some airlines have suspended flights to and from China.

We are continually assessing the Center for Disease Control's actions and guidance and will continue to monitor the situation.

Preventing illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For more information and updates about the novel coronavirus, visit: