UIC COVID-19 UPDATE

Like all of you, Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) has been closely monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and we hope that you and your family are safe and healthy.  Especially in these trying times, the well-being of UIC’s shareholders, employees, customers, and our communities are of the utmost importance to each of us.  If the COVID-19 virus has afflicted you or your loved ones, know that our thoughts are with you, and we wish you all a speedy recovery.  At this time, UIC is focusing on responding appropriately to protect our shareholders, customers, and employees while maintaining operations and following up-to-date governmental guidelines on COVID-19.

UIC Shareholders

UIC will update our shareholders on any impacts to the corporation and planned events through our regular communication channels, including local newspapers, local radio and TV broadcasts, postings, postal mailings, and the UIC Corporate website.  If shareholders need to update their shareholder record information or have an inquiry regarding any other shareholder services, please contact the UIC Stock Department at stock@uicalaska.com or leave a message at (907) 852-4460.

UIC Clients and Customers

In keeping with governmental and regulatory guidelines, our Alaska offices currently remain closed to walk-in visitors but continue to operate on normal hours for incoming calls and emails. UIC is committed to fulfilling our clients’ and customers’ project requirements to the best of our ability while remaining ready to help with all new requests or questions.  Contact information for our Alaska offices is listed below; we thank you for your patience while we route your calls and emails to the proper destination. If clients have already established a communication method with a designated UIC contact, please continue to utilize that current contact process.

UIC Alaska Office Contact Information:

Utqiaġvik (Barrow) Corporate Headquarters:
Phone: 1 855 ONE-UIC1 (1-855-663-8421)
Local: (907) 852-4460
E-mail: info@uicalaska.com

Anchorage office:
Phone:  (907) 677-5200
E-mail: info@uicalaska.com

UIC Employment

For anyone interested in joining UIC as an employee, please visit our Careers page at https://uicalaska.com/careers/ or call (907) 677-5200 during regular business hours.

UIC Employees

UIC is closely following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other local and national health organizations. In an effort to slow the progress of the virus and spread out the timeline over which sick patients arrive at healthcare facilities, government officials across the globe have suggested that people should engage in social distancing.  Additionally, we have proactively increased our regularly scheduled facility cleaning and sanitization efforts and are instructing employees to stay home if sick.

At this point in time, we are not closing our offices, however, to help promote social distancing, UIC is encouraging employees to practice the following measures:

  • Telework, where possible
  • Avoid face to face conversations, or where required, maintain a distance of 6 feet or 2 meters apart (i.e. hallways, breakrooms, etc.)
  • Eliminate face to face meetings by utilizing technology to conduct all meetings virtually
  • Limit time spent in breakrooms, kitchens, and common areas
4 Steps if Exposed to COVID-19: 

With the health, safety, and welfare of all of our employees and their families in mind, UIC has developed detailed instructions for monitoring our employee’s health should they suspect they have been exposed or, in fact, have been exposed to COVID-19.

If an employee suspects that they have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), they are instructed to follow the four steps below.

  1. Self-quarantine and self-monitor for 14 DAYS from the time of your initial suspected exposure.
  2. NOTIFY your Supervisor and the HSE Department at hse@bowheadsupport.com or incidents@uicalaska.com.
  3. If you get sick with a FEVER, COUGH, OR HAVE TROUBLE BREATHING, contact your local health department.
  4. Prior to returning to work, provide your supervisor with a FITNESS FOR DUTY / RETURN TO WORK note obtained through your Primary Care Provider.

Note: If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your doctor and inform them of your suspected recent exposure.

I remain hopeful that by staying informed and following some basic steps, we can all reduce our risk and protect others.  Please be safe and know that with knowledge, determination, and perseverance, we all can get through this.

Thank you,

Delbert J. Rexford
President and CEO

 

Additional CDC recommendations include:

  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth (face).
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing (If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer).
  • Practice social distancing, which means remaining out of crowded areas, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others whenever possible.

Additional resources on federal and state public health advisories may be found at:

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