A message for employees, their spouses, friends, family, and other loved ones from the Executive Management Team at SPS Companies, Inc.
Earlier this week, the CDC updated their website and identified several factors that have been observed to contribute to severe illness and complications from COVID-19.
We care about you. And, we want the best for your ongoing health and safety. But, we recognize you are the one that makes the decisions and takes the actions for your health. So, we wanted to bring these risk factors to your attention so that you can ensure for your greatest possible safety and health outcomes. As well, we encourage you to share this with everyone you know so they can do the same.
Some of the conditions listed on the CDC website include (but are definitely not limited to) the following:
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment, smoking, excessive alcohol use, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and/or prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- People with certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, renal failure, or liver disease
- People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk
Please review the CDC site and if you believe any of the CDC-identified risk factors apply to you, we would encourage you to reach out and engage a medical professional and get their professional opinion on your condition, risk factors, and any changes you need to make in your life.
Earlier this week, we published a Thrive article highlighting the Telemedicine offering available to employees on our health plan and how to find a Primary Care Physician if you don’t currently have one.
If, upon discussion with your doctor, a Telemedicine professional, or another medical professional, they determine you need to make changes based on your risk factors, please obtain those orders from a medical professional in writing and send the written orders electronically to your Facility Manager, Business Unit Vice President, and/or Corey Kephart or Tom Arthur in Corporate Human Resources. At that point, we will review the orders from the medical professional and reach back out to you to discuss next steps with you.
Please know we are only making you aware of these risk factors because we care about you and your health and safety as well as the health and safety of your family and loved ones. Any decisions you choose to make are truly your decisions. It is not appropriate for us to make a decisions for you regarding your personal health. We simply care about you and hope you will do everything you can to take care of yourself.
Here’s to great health and wellness for you and your family – amidst this crisis – and well beyond!