Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Fermilab information

Fermilab management continues to closely monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Daily updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Departments of State and Energy are reviewed for additional guidance.  Please check this page routinely for updates.  Send questions to covid19@fnal.gov.

Notice – Fermilab has suspended all functions at the Batavia site except for essential work to be conducted on site, consistent with the current Illinois “stay at home” announcement.

  • All employees who can work from home continue to telecommute.
  • Only specific individuals who have been notified that they are designated as essential personnel are authorized to be on-site (essential personnel include those who keep the site and its infrastructure safe and secure, respond to emergencies, maintain the long-term integrity of research and operations, support IT infrastructure and scientific computing, and provide support for Village residents)
  • There will be no beam from the accelerator and the Fermilab site is closed to users (other than Village residents)
  • Many site services are suspended (see link).

Notice Regarding Public Access to Fermilab’s Site, including Public Tours and Events

  • As a precautionary measure related to COVID-19, the entire Fermilab site in Batavia is currently closed to the general public.  This includes all tours, events, activities, classes, and buildings, as well as access to the walking/bicycling paths.
  • All public events and tours are cancelled or postponed through the end of April.
  • For questions regarding access by suppliers and subcontractors, please contact supplier@fnal.gov.

If you develop symptoms and current status at Fermilab

If you develop symptoms, call your doctor for medical advice and we strongly encourage you to notify your supervisor (or experiment spokesperson for users) and self-quarantine.

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.

Current status at Fermilab.  At the present time there have been no confirmed positive cases at Fermilab. There have been unconfirmed cases (meaning individuals who have reported experiencing flu-like symptoms).  The numbers below represent the current unconfirmed cases that have been reported at Fermilab, including those working at 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 working or has within the last 14 days worked on site and either is experiencing flu-like 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 the last 14 days.  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
4/5/2020 0 14

Resources for Employees and Users

All employees are required to telework if any of their job duties may be performed remotely and they are not designated as essential personnel.  For additional information for employees, please review the Q&A from WDRS (requires login) [hr.fnal.gov].

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

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 and we strongly encourage you to notify your supervisor (or experiment spokesperson for users) and self-quarantine.

  • 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 facemask.
      • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
      • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
    • 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) do’s and don’ts
  • 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

Latest Fermilab updates

April 1:  All hands email from Laboratory Director || View email

March 16:  All hands email from Laboratory Director || View email

March 13:  All hands email from Laboratory Director || View email

March 11:  All hands email from Laboratory Director || View email

March 7:  All hands email from Laboratory Director || View email

March 3:  All hands email from Laboratory Director || View email

February 27:  All hands email from Chief Safety Officer || View email

January 24:  All hands email from Chief Safety Officer || View email

Travel information

Fermilab’s travel restrictions have been established in coordination with the Department of Energy, including to use U.S. Department of State (DOS) Travel Advisory Levels.

  • The State Department has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel.  “The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.”
  • Return from International travel: Any person (employee, user, contractor, visitor) who has traveled in the last 14 days from or through a foreign country at a DOS Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 country driven by COVID-19 impacts is not allowed to physically report to the lab for at least 14 days after their return. These countries currently include China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.  Please check the website for updates.
  • 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.

Please see the Fermilab Travel webpage (fnal.gov) for additional information about travel advisories. Or 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.  If there are questions, please contact covid19@fnal.gov.
  • Conferences and meetings: Employees and users should employ teleconferences.  Any decision to cancel or postpone a conference or event with external participants must be approved through the Directorate. Please contact 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.