As each day seems to bring news of further COVID-19 spread, the uncertainty and disruptions to daily life experienced by every one of us are unprecedented. The Wexford Science & Technology Team understands that this has been, and will continue to be, a trying time for all of us. In the midst of this “business unusual” we sincerely appreciate how our tenants have responded to the pandemic and adopted best practices for keeping employees, visitors, and workplaces healthy and safe.
We want to assure all tenants that we continue to monitor developments closely and stand ready to take further action as required. We are proud of how our tenants have already pulled together during this difficult time and the creative ways that the work of innovation has proceeded.
Additionally, our proactive efforts will continue indefinitely, including:
Persistent focus by our housekeeping service providers on disinfecting common areas including high-touch surfaces such as door handles and push bars, elevator buttons and horizontal surfaces.
Presence of hand sanitizer stations in building lobbies and near the restrooms on each multi-tenant floor (subject to availability). If you see one of these stations empty or not working, please inform building management.
Increased outside air in to certain buildings to increase ventilation.
As a reminder, we urge everyone to continue to follow the precautionary measures suggested by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. These include:
- Avoid shaking hands with others
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Stay home if 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
- Continue to practice “social distancing”
We also encourage all tenants to take similar steps for housekeeping within their premises and to direct your employees to follow the personal hygiene methods described above.
Furthermore, we want to reiterate that the building remains open at this time. We have changed the access control schedules at some locations to require use of access cards during normal business hours, as we similarly do on weekends and holidays. Tenants still have 24/7/365 access using their access cards. This has been done either at the request of tenants or for enhanced security in buildings with low occupancy due to a significant number of employees working from home.
Finally, we ask that you contact the property manager for your building if you receive confirmation that one of your employees has contracted the coronavirus (or is at heightened risk of contracting the virus due to interactions with infected individuals) so that we can promptly notify tenants and others who may need to take appropriate measures. For privacy reasons, we do not want any personal information regarding the individual, just facts around the dates, times and locations they visited within the building(s).
For guidance on COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control has published information for individuals and businesses at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. We encourage you to follow the CDC guidance.
We will continue to monitor this situation closely and adjust as needed.
We are confident that the researchers, corporate innovators, entrepreneurs, creatives, and thought leaders in our Knowledge Communities will be key to our resilience and recovery as a nation. We are confident that will we get through this together.
On behalf of the entire Wexford Team, we thank you for your efforts.