Lonza confirms COVID-19 case at Singapore General Office
Basel, Switzerland, 19 February 2020 –
A Singapore-based employee of Lonza is being treated for a confirmed cased of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Albert Baehny, Chairman and CEO ad interim, Lonza Group, said: “The health and safety of our employees is our top priority. We are providing all possible support to our colleague who has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus during this difficult time. We are working closely with the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) to trace all possible contacts on site; close contacts have already been identified and are in quarantine. We will work with these individuals to provide medical attention as needed and take any necessary precautionary actions.
“Our colleague who received the diagnosis is an office-based worker. Our General Office, where the employee is based, has already been deep-cleaned and disinfected according to MOH guidelines. Our Singapore facilities continue to operate without impact to business.
“At a global level, we will continue to monitor the issue and maintain the highest possible levels of health and safety for our employees and customers alike during this challenging time.”
Lonza already has safety measures and a business continuity plan in place, in accordance with Singapore's DORSCON “orange” rating. Safety measures include:
- Temperature screening at facilities and offices
- Provision of personal protective equipment (e.g. face masks)
- Increased frequency of cleaning
- A split team work arrangement
At a global level, employees are cooperating fully with the protective measures that have been implemented to prevent any further spread of the virus. These measures include regular reminders to employees to remain vigilant and maintain good personal hygiene habits, restrictions on business travel. Lonza has also put in place a 14-day stay-at-home policy for any colleagues who have recently travelled from high-risk areas or report suspected symptoms of the virus.
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