Red Ventures office has vaccination hours, mask requirement
Another large Charlotte-area company announced new mask rules for employees following a spike in COVID-19 cases due to the highly contagious delta variant. And he keeps separate hours for vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the office.
Red Ventures reopened its headquarters in Fort Mill, SC on Monday on a voluntary basis. None of the internet marketing company’s 3,500 employees worldwide will be forced to return to an office this year, Red Ventures chief operating officer Tim Kullick said in a statement.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged even fully vaccinated people to resume wearing masks in public spaces indoors. That’s because new research shows that fully vaccinated people can transmit the COVID-19 delta variant, CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said.
And Mecklenburg County is considered an area of high community transmission of COVID-19, the most severe level of coronavirus transmission, according to the CDC COVID-19 tracker.
At Red Ventures, the company will hold vaccinated and unvaccinated hours at the reopened office for its workers.
Any employee who works in the office Monday through Thursday during regular working hours should be fully immunized, Kullick said.
Unvaccinated employees can work from the office after hours Monday through Thursday and all day Friday – but anyone working in the office during those hours must wear a mask, regardless of their immunization status.
“Our hope is that we can relax this requirement in the future as the pandemic wears off,” Kullick said.
Approximately 1,400 Red Ventures employees are based in the Charlotte area.
Other NC mask mandates
Other businesses in the Charlotte area also issued mask requirements on Monday.
Duke Energy and Lowe’s will both require all employees to wear masks indoors, the companies told the Observer on Monday.
And the requirements follow the immunization mandates of the Atrium Health and Novant Health hospital systems, as well as other hospital systems across the state.
Atrium Health will require all workers – including remote workers, physicians, medical residents, faculty, fellows, interns, contractors, medical staff, students, temporary workers, and volunteer staff – to get vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption by October 31. .
And Novant Health will demand the same for all of its employees, contractors, suppliers and students by September 15.
State and local peaks
The local business warrants come as Mecklenburg sees an increase in COVID-19 cases, testing the positivity rate and hospitalizations.
And on Monday, the county announced it had reached a dark milestone: 1,000 Mecklenburg residents have died from COVID-19. “If you haven’t received the vaccine yet, please do so now,” County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said in a statement. “It will help protect you, your family, your friends and our community. “
The state has also seen an increase in coronavirus trends.
In fact, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 across North Carolina has more than doubled in just two weeks, State Department Secretary for Health and Human Services, Dr. Mandy Cohen said last Thursday. . This marks the fastest increase in hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic, she added.
And Gov. Roy Cooper has said he will start requiring all state employees in cabinet agencies to show proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated employees would be required to take regular COVID-19 tests and wear masks, Cooper said. This requirement will begin on September 1.
And he recommended other companies implement the same requirement.
But Cooper stopped short of announcing a new mask mandate last week, leaving the option to local governments.
Although Harris publicly encouraged mask-wearing last week, she did not say she would pursue a new county-wide mask mandate.
“I’m not ready to issue a warrant (mask) at this point,” Harris said. “I would like to think that our community will grow bigger. “