Bayhealth has responded to a Dover Post story on information technology employees claiming the health care system has put the kibosh on working from home.
The IT department primarily operates in a non-hospital setting at the Blue Hen Corporate Center.
According to the story, an employee said a work at the home test from Bayhealth did not translate into a telecommuting option, even though no major issues were found.
An employee also expressed concern that a COVID-19 case within the Blue Hen area could cripple the IT operation.
Bayhealth spokeswoman Pamela Mareck wrote that the health care system was providing a safe working environment while operating as an essential business.
“Bayhealth has made appropriate modifications in public spaces and work areas to comply with all policies from State and Federal officials, and to follow guidelines from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes social distancing in the workplace, providing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees, and educational training on how to use PPE. Employees and medical staff are screened as they enter the hospital or off-site work locations for signs of COVID-19 for fever above 99.5 degrees, cough and shortness of breath, and exposure to someone with the virus,” Marecki wrote
Marecki continued, “As Bayhealth prepares for the anticipated surge of patients, we have developed staffing plans to provide the very best care for all patients while keeping our employees and medical staff safe. All Bayhealth employees are considered essential and each member of the team will become increasingly important to operations during this pandemic.”