Dot Foods and Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) have worked tirelessly to create a plan to follow each time a Dot employee tests positive for COVID-19.
Dot’s leadership team meets regularly to prepare for all possible impacts of the coronavirus. We continue to monitor the situation closely and are adhering to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. The health and well-being of our employees, business partners, and customers remain our priority.
While there are a lot of aspects of our proactive plan, the three primary steps we are following are: containment, communication, and cleaning—the three C’s.
The Three C’s
As soon as we learn of an employee’s positive test, they are quarantining at home under the direction of a health professional. Typically, this will be 14 days from the time symptoms develop.
Any employee waiting for their test results for the coronavirus will be placed on quarantine in their home until their test results come back.
All employees are aware that they should inform their manager if they do not feel well and should not come to work. If, for some reason, they are at work when the positive test results come in, that employee will be sent home immediately. If they are unable to get themselves home, they will be put in an isolation room and given a mask.
All employees who have been in direct contact with the positive-tested employee are being immediately identified and notified. Those employees are placed in at-home quarantine for up to 14 days. They also are advised to monitor their symptoms and seek medical treatment if a fever, shortness of breath, and/or dry cough develops.
If the employee who has tested positive has been in contact with any outside partners, such as customers, suppliers, or vendors, Dot will contact the partner to share that we have had a positive COVID-19 case at our company.
Immediate communication will go out to all affected parties—individual employees, all Dot employees, and business partners. We are here to support you as we navigate this together.
We’re committed to keeping you informed while fulfilling our responsibility to maintain our employees’ privacy. We must balance this public health emergency with our employees’ rights under HIPAA. We are not sharing the names of any employees diagnosed with COVID-19.
We have also rolled out an enhanced housekeeping plan designed to keep workspaces clean and disinfected for employees. There are additional protocols for disinfecting the employee’s workspace and common areas as we learn of any confirmed positive tests.
Throughout our navigation of the COVID-19 pandemic, your health is our #1 priority. We are doing everything we can to protect our employees.
We are so grateful for everyone’s courage and support during these challenging times. America has to eat, and the services you’re providing to our country right now are absolutely vital. You are keeping food on the tables of people across the country during these trying times. Our country is counting on us—you are essential.
Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication.