Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Fermilab information

Fermilab management continues to closely monitor COVID-19.  Updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Departments of Energy and State are reviewed for additional guidance.  Throughout the COVID-19 situation, Fermilab’s priority has been to protect the health and well-being of employees, users, and the broader Fermilab community. The lab continues to fulfill its mission as America’s premier national laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research.

Access to Fermilab’s site is restricted.

  • Only specific individuals who have been notified that they are designated as on-site essential personnel are authorized to be on site in Batavia.
  • Most employees continue to telecommute.
  • The site is open to Village residents.
  • Many site services are suspended (see link).
  • For questions regarding access by suppliers and subcontractors, please contact suppliers@fnal.gov.

The Fermilab site is closed to the general public.

  • As a precautionary measure related to COVID-19, the entire Fermilab site in Batavia is currently closed to the general public.  This includes access to the walking/bicycling paths.
  • All public events and tours are cancelled, postponed, or held remotely until further notice.
  • For information on some of Fermilab’s virtual offerings, please visit: news.fnal.gov/2020/04/particle-physics-at-home
  • For questions, please contact covid19@fnal.gov.

Fermilab in the fight against COVID-19

  • Fermilab is in the fight against COVID-19. Visit this page to see how our scientists, engineers, and computer professionals are helping.

If you develop symptoms and confirmed/unconfirmed cases

If you develop symptoms, call your doctor for medical advice, notify your supervisor (or experiment spokesperson for users) and self-quarantine. You or your supervisor shall notify the Fermilab Medical Office, who will arrange for contact tracing, as necessary.

Village residents have received additional information pertaining to the Fermilab Village.

For questions, please contact covid19@fnal.govIn case of emergency, call 630-840-3131.

Confirmed/Unconfirmed Cases.  The chart below shows the total of confirmed and unconfirmed cases at Fermilab.  Confirmed cases represent individuals who have reported testing positive for COVID-19.  This includes individuals who had been on site and employees who have been teleworking.  Unconfirmed cases represent individuals who have reported experiencing flu-like symptoms, including employees working from home who have notified their supervisors.

Out of an abundance of caution, Fermilab conducts an internal inquiry whenever it is notified of a person who is or has been on site and either is experiencing COVID symptoms or has been in close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive.  Based on the results of the inquiry, Fermilab notifies any personnel who might have been in close contact with that person within 48 hours prior to their symptoms or positive test.  Individuals who may have been in contact are required to telework and remain off-site and to consult with their doctor.

As of Confirmed Cases Unconfirmed
10/26/2020 12 68

Resources for Employees and Users

Please visit the COVID-19 – Employee Information and Resources page.

Employees should review the guidance from ES&H to reduce the risk of exposure.   See here (required login)

For information on Sanford Underground Research Facility updates regarding COVID-19, see: https://www.sanfordlab.org/covid-19

If you have questions or concerns, please speak with your supervisor or you may contact any of the following channels:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Travel Information

Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 FAQs

U.S. State Department Travel Advisories

How to protect yourself, your family, and your colleagues

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

If you develop symptoms, call your doctor for medical advice, notify your supervisor (or experiment spokesperson for users) and self-quarantine.  You or your supervisor shall notify the Fermilab Medical Office, who will arrange for contact tracing, as necessary.

  • CDC recommends everyday preventative actions such as:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • 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.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
    • 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 with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tips to protect yourself
  • University of Chicago Medicine’s Dr. Emily Landon explains how to stay safe
  • UChicago Medicine 2019-nCoV What we know so far about the novel coronavirus

Fermilab updates

All hands emails from laboratory leadership (required login):  View messages

Travel information

Fermilab’s travel restrictions have been established in coordination with the Department of Energy.

  • International travel. All international business travel is suspended until further notice.
  • Domestic travel:  All non-mission-essential business domestic travel is postponed or cancelled.  All domestic travel requires approval of the Laboratory Director until further notice.  As always, no one is required to travel anywhere.
  • Before traveling, individuals should consider their personal health situation, risk of exposure, travel network delays and potential quarantines at their destination or upon return.
  • Individuals considering personal international travel should also consult the State Department travel advisories.

Please contact travel@fnal.gov for more information.

Conferences and Meetings

  • Please see the above restrictions on access to Fermilab. Hosts are responsible for communicating these requirements.  Employees and users should employ virtual meetings.  If there are questions, please contact your supervisor or you may email covid19@fnal.gov.

Know the Facts about COVID-19

Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.  The CDC has shared several facts on its website, including a reminder that diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American.  Fermilab does not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination. Please remember the importance of applying Fermilab’s Community Standards and complying with the lab’s Diversity and Inclusion policies.

 

Send questions to covid19@fnal.gov.