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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — With 38 Newport Information Shipyard staff testing optimistic for the coronavirus, shipyard leaders are taking a brand new strategy to guard staff.

Beginning Monday morning, all Newport Information Shipyard staff may have their temperature checked. Shipyard leaders say that is one other step to stop the unfold of COVID-19.


Anybody who refuses or has a temperature of greater than 100 levels won’t be allowed within shipyard. Officers recommend, you arrive early and anticipate a line. You’re anticipated to put on a masks and stand at a distance whereas in line.

Additionally beginning Monday, Newport Information Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin says shipbuilders will change to 2 shifts. This can give crews extra time to scrub high-traffic and excessive touch-point areas between shifts. That features door knobs and handrails.

“I really feel like we have been very proactive, we have gotten a whole lot of help for every part that we’re attempting to do from a stand level of minimizing the danger of staff,” defined Boykin. 


Boykin has been offering updates each day on the Newport Information Shipbuilding web site on the variety of circumstances, and people which might be cleared to return to work.

Boykin additionally mentioned the brand new shift system will present extra time to disinfect, whereas nonetheless making ready Navy ships scheduled to deploy. Officers are additionally making extra hand sanitizer and cleansing provides obtainable.

“That’s aimed toward actually each, conserving the workers protected and carrying out the mission,” mentioned Boykin. “We’ll go to 2 shifts, just about equally distributed. So, it would actually lower first shift near in half. Then it provides us three and a half hours in between shifts, simply to do deep cleansing. We have got native firms which might be serving to us try this.”


Boykin additionally says finish of shift instances are staggered. That method massive teams of staff are usually not speeding to the car parking zone on the identical time.

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