Our Response to COVID-19
- Now that COVID-19 vaccines are more broadly available, Seaboard Foods wants to be an important resource for our employees to learn and make decisions about getting the vaccine.
- Vaccines are a safe, effective way for us to protect our teammates, families and communities and we encourage our employees to get vaccinated. We understand getting vaccinated is a personal, medical decision.
- Seaboard Foods has hosted six on-site vaccination clinics at its Guymon, Oklahoma, pork processing plant in 2021. Its first clinic was successful providing vaccines to more than 850 employees.
- Our Nurse Care Manager and human resources team are working with the local health authorities in five states and several counties where our operations are located to assist in coordination of employees who want to voluntarily get vaccinated.
- We understand our employees may have questions about the vaccine, so we encourage them to examine the latest information from medical experts to learn more about how the federal government is working to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is as safe and effective as possible.
- While the vaccines provide additional protection against the virus, COVID-19 protocols and practices, including mask policies, continue in our plant operations for the well-being of our plant employees and to help stop the spread of the virus.
Paid Leave and Support Plan
To provide the support our employees need during the pandemic, we have created a temporary COVID-19 Leave Policy and Support Plan, which includes:
- Paid leave for up to two weeks of normal wages or 80 hours if paid hourly for employees who:
- Are directed by the government or company officials to quarantine or self-isolate in accordance to CDC guidelines because of confirmed COVID-19.
- Received a medical directive to self-quarantine or isolate because of COVID-19 related symptoms.
- Are living in the same household with a person who has received a medical directive for COVID-19 related symptoms.
- Additional health insurance coverage that provides 100% paid coverage for COVID-19 testing and other medically related diagnostic testing if not covered by public health services or the company health insurance plan.
- Prescription coverage flexibility if shortages or access to prescription drugs exist.
We have invested more than $1.5 million in leave and support under this program, which has provided our employees with the opportunity to prioritize their personal health.
Plant-Wide Employee Testing
Seaboard Foods conducted COVID-19 testing plant-wide for our pork processing plant employees in Guymon, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. This was an essential next step to build on our commitment to keeping our employees safe and to honor our promise to listen to our employees who have asked for broader testing. We partnered with the Oklahoma State Department of Health to ensure we had access to COVID-19 testing kits for our plant employees.
Since this formal testing program, we have continued to work with local health departments and local providers to ensure employees who would like to know their COVID-19 status can receive a test.
We are also continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation in our communities, and we will continue to assess the transmission rates and the availability of tests to guide our testing approach.
Seaboard Foods is committed to supporting the communities in which we operate – and where our employees live and raise their families. We will continue to answer the call and provide support to our communities during these trying times.
Keeping our communities healthy and preventing the spread of the virus is a team effort. We all have a role to play. This means we must all continue to follow the guidance of medical doctors and local health departments -- at work and at home and everywhere in between.
While we are asking our employees to follow strict practices at work, we are also asking them when they aren't at work to follow CDC and health department guidelines. Controlling the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort, and we kindly ask those in our communities to join us in following the current CDC and local health department guidelines.
With the support of local businesses, we provided pork meals to health care professionals and first responders in the summer of 2020, including to the health department workers who conducted testing in our communities. We have also donated meals to local food banks and provided meals to our employees from local restaurants.
In 2020, we donated pork for 821,000 meals to local food pantries and national relief organizations, such as Operation BBQ Relief to support its COVID-19 Relief efforts.
We have also sourced and donated much-needed personal protective equipment to local hospitals and medical providers so they can continue to safely provide essential healthcare services.
* Regular monitoring is conducted to adjust to changing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of our employees.