COVID-19 Company Update from Pandemic Response Team

April 30th, 2020

SkyWater Team,

The Pandemic Response Team continues to follow developments from the CDC as well as federal, state and local resources to determine appropriate and evolving protocols here at SkyWater. Here are relevant updates you need to be aware of. 

The CDC has clarified and added several new symptoms that have been determined to be commonly associated with those who have been infected with COVID-19. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

As such, we will be adapting our protocols for how we handle situations where employees become ill, whether at home or at work. It remains critically important for you to remain home if you are ill with symptoms listed above. When you are ill, contact your supervisor and also contact our human resources team – they will help you by providing guidance on seeking medical care, discussing the timeline and plan for returning to work, and reviewing potential eligibility for receiving partial pay under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) program.

In the event you report to work feeling healthy, but end up becoming ill while onsite, we would like to describe how those events are being handled and what you can expect. First off, if you become ill you should inform your supervisor immediately when symptoms appear. Your supervisor will contact the Emergency Response Team (ERT). ERT members will escort you to a dedicated isolation room, which is intended to keep you and others safe. You will be provided with a protective mask. ERT members are trained to use personal protective equipment and to maintain social distancing as much as possible as they work to assist you, so please understand if you see them trying to maintain at least 6 feet of separation.

ERT will speak with you to collect relevant information that is important in keeping everyone safe. Part of that effort is collecting data that allows for what is called “Contact Tracing.” Contact Tracing is an effort to identify individuals who may have come into contact with an infected person which may put that individual at potential risk of also becoming infected. You will be asked to identify all persons you have had contact with in the last 48 hours (names, locations, dates, times) where both you and the person were within 6 feet of each other for 30 minutes or more outside of the fab cleanroom. Based on CDC standards, anyone who has been in close contact (within 6 feet apart) for 30 minutes or more is deemed to have potential risk of exposure.

You should also expect to be asked to share what locations in the building you have been in during the last 48 hours (location and date and estimated times). This will aid in our continued efforts to clean and disinfect areas in the building to maintain safety.

When ERT has completed their assistance and questions, you will be asked to return home and to contact human resources for further guidance. As a reminder, in these events, you will not have any attendance points applied.

If there are any other individuals reported to have been in close contact with you (being within 6 feet for 30 or more minutes), ERT will provide the name(s) to their direct supervisors. Their supervisor will then explain to the individual they have had potential exposure to someone showing symptoms of COVID-19, that they should return home out of an abundance of caution, and to contact human resources for further guidance. The supervisor will NOT share your name when communicating to their employee. 

Hopefully you can see that these protocols are put into place to care for and protect the safety and health of everyone at SkyWater. This also points to why it is so important for each of us to make the right decision of staying home if we have symptoms of illness. If you come to work knowing you are ill, you can now see the impact that can have on the business – we would much rather have you remain at home and to get fully healthy versus trying to fight through an illness while working. We strongly remind you and urge you to do the right thing and stay home when you are feeling ill.

As always, please continue to refer to our Skynet webpage for ongoing COVID-19 details, updates, contact information and resources:


-Pandemic Response Team


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