Second Ingalls Shipbuilding employee positive for COVID-19; company offering “absence pay” and “liberal leave”
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WXXV) — A second employee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula.
The first case of COVID-19 at Ingalls Shipbuilding was announced Sunday night.
According to a statement from Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias on Wednesday, testing confirmed the employee was infected with COVID-19.
The statement says the employee “worked on second shift, in the CSA area.”
Ingalls is working to identify and meet with any employees that may have had “close contact” with the infected person. The company requests that those employees self-quarantine for 14 days.
Cuccias emphasized that any employee who feels symptoms consistent with the coronavirus should immediately go to one of the two screening centers at the shipyard: across the road on the west side of the Ingalls Fire Department, or between the main cafeteria and Admin Building #2.
Ingalls is now providing “COVID-19 Absence Pay” to employees. Workers can be paid for five days, up to 40 hours of work, if the employee is able to certify that he or she missed work due to illness.
In addition, the company is offering “Liberal Leave” to employees through April 17. This means choose not to come to work through April 17 if you are concerned about the pandemic, and your job will be secure.
For more information, employees can visit the coronavirus page on the Ingalls website at: https://ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com/coronavirus.