EDITOR'S NOTE: Please attribute statement to Samantha Williams, Corporate Communications Senior Director, GOJO
AKRON, Ohio – We learned today that a first-shift team member of our manufacturing operations at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, may have the COVID-19 virus. While not a confirmed case at this time, we are working to do everything we can to support this individual’s well-being and the well-being of our entire organization. We immediately took action to further protect the health of our team members at this location and are in touch with the other team members who worked this production line about additional preventative guidance and isolation measures.
As an essential supplier to front-line healthcare workers, first responders, government facilities and critical infrastructure, we are accelerating our production efforts. Unlike companies making non-essential products, we do not have the ability to stop production, and in fact are ramping up our operations to meet the pressing need at this time, and have always understood that the possibility of one of our own being impacted by this virus was probable.
While we have had proactive safety, cleaning, and social distancing measures in place at GOJO since the beginning of the outbreak, we have implemented several enhanced procedures, further increasing safety, hygiene, security, social distancing, and workplace cleaning protocols to keep our team members healthy.
As public health officials have made clear we are all only as healthy as the community around us at work and at home. We all have a part to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19, and hand hygiene and surface cleaning are one part of the broader solution.
We are all in this together, doing the best we can during an unprecedented time.