Archived Coronavirus Updates

Message to Ingalls employees about temperature screenings to help prevent COVID-19 spread

April 26, 12:00 p.m.

To all Ingalls employees:

Thank you for continuing to practice social distancing at work, and in all facets of your daily life.  We are grateful for everything you do to protect your fellow shipbuilders and your families at home, as we all work to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As one element of Ingalls’ efforts to ensure a safe workplace for all of us every day, we are now performing temperature scan checks of every individual that comes to our facility entrance points. These scans identify elevated body temperature, or fever, which the CDC lists as a potential sign of COVID-19 infection.

As reminder, follow these guidelines for screenings when you come to work:

Step 1:  Maintain six-feet of distance between yourself and fellow shipbuilders, follow signs and remove hardhats for forehead scanning.

Step 2:  Those with temperatures of 100.4 or lower may enter.

Step 3:  If your temperature is 100.5 or higher, you will be directed to a nearby station for a second temperature screening.

Step 4:  Those who pass the secondary screening will be issued a fast pass to bypass the initial screening lines and go straight to the turnstiles or entrance doors.

Step 5:  Those who fail the secondary screening will be offered a COVID-19 test at the Singing River Health System screening trailer, then directed to home quarantine as necessary.

Note:   Vehicle occupants entering the yard through the Main Gate Traffic Control Point must have windows rolled down to allow screeners to take their temperature. Vans & buses will pull to the side, and a screener will board the vehicle to take temperature of all occupants.

Thank you again for your understanding during these challenging times.


Special Edition of Ingalls News on temperature screenings

April 21, 4:00 p.m.

As announced last week, temperature scanning stations are being stood up at all Ingalls facilities.  Everyone who enters will be scanned for elevated body temperature, or fever, which is one of the potential signs of a COVID-19 infection according to the CDC.

Read the Ingalls News special edition


Temperature screenings to help prevent COVID-19 spread starts April 22

April 21, 1:30 p.m.

As announced last week, temperature scanning stations are being stood-up to check all who enter our facilities for elevated body

temperature, or fever, which is one of the potential signs of a COVID-19 infection according to the CDC. In order to ensure an efficient and quality process, screening will begin in phases starting Wednesday, April 22 at gate 1, the Engineering Design Center (EDC), Sunplex and the administration buildings. If your temperature is elevated, you will be subject to additional screening to determine if you will be allowed to enter the facility. Objecting to having your temperature checked or objecting to additional testing could create a risk for you or other shipbuilders and therefore you may not be able to enter the facility.

Please keep this in mind when arriving to work and plan your time accordingly.

A special publication will be distributed beginning this afternoon to educate you on this topic further.


Message from Brian Cuccias

April 16, 2:00 p.m.

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias addresses employees, providing additional information about the new temperature scanning stations at shipyard entry points.


Ingalls to begin temperature scanning at entry points for employees’ safety

April 16, 10:45 a.m.

Safety is a core company value at Ingalls Shipbuilding.  For the protection and safety of Ingalls’ workforce, temperature scanning stations are being stood up at gates 1, 2 and 4, gate 4 training area. Variations of screening will be extended to Ingalls’ facility entry points including offsite office buildings.

CDC guidance has shown that an elevated body temperature, or fever, is one of the potential signs of a COVID-19 infection. Shipyard personnel will enter a screening tent with signage on the ground indicating 6 feet social distancing. Once at the screening station, individuals will remove their hard hats and a screener will scan their foreheads with a non-contact thermometer.

If your temperature is elevated, you will be subject to additional screening to determine if you will be allowed to enter the facility.

Objecting to having your temperature checked or additional testing could create a risk for you or other shipbuilders and therefore you may not be able to enter the facility.

Stay connected to Ingalls COVID-19 website or IngallsConnect App for updates on the temperature process and what to expect.


Liberal Leave Extended through May 29, 2020

April 15, 12:00 p.m.

Due to continued school closures, Ingalls is extending its Liberal Leave Policy through Friday, May 29, 2020. Employees can take PTO/Vacation or unpaid leave, and will face no penalty upon their return to work.


Welcome back message from Brian Cuccias

April 14, 10:00 a.m.

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias sends a message welcoming employees back from Easter break, as well as thanking the crews who deep-cleaned and sanitized the shipyard.


Holiday Break Sanitization Recap

April 14, 3:00 p.m.

Ingalls has implemented nightly enhanced cleaning and sanitizing processes. Teams of Ingalls employees and one of Ingalls’ environmental cleaning contractors, continue to clean facilities and equipment throughout the shipyard. Between April 9-13 shipbuilders, along with our environmental cleaning contractors, deep-cleaned and sanitized hundreds of acres of work areas across the yard – in shops and production areas, aboard ships, and in office areas from the Metal Trades Academy to the Wetdock Building.

Hundreds of hours were worked to help ensure the safest work spaces possible.

April 9-13 Sanitization Recap:

  • 15 offsite locations were sanitized including: East Bank, Krebs Avenue offices, SUNPLEX engineering offices, all Ingalls and NAVY Singing River Island properties, the Engineering Design Center (EDC), UNO building in New Orleans
  • 700+ pieces of rolling stock were sanitized including: trucks, forklifts, mules, golf carts, manlifts, etc.
  • Approximately 4.2 Million square feet of covered production, warehouse, and office space as well as 170 trailers/multiplexes were sanitized on the west bank.
  • Office space sanitization included: carpet, floors, restrooms, tables, chairs desks, filing cabinet handles, and office doors.
  • Production areas sanitization included: gangways and accesses, tool boxes, vending machines, drinking fountains, PPE machines, START Stations, break areas, the gates, handrails

Employee Reminder

April 13, 12:00 p.m.

We hope you have enjoyed this year’s expanded Easter holiday break with your families, and plan to come back to work tomorrow safe and healthy.

Remember though, if you don’t feel well tomorrow, or any workday, please stay home – self-quarantine and call your doctor or TELADOC or QuadMed. If you can’t reach them, you may call the Ingalls Medical Department at (228) 935-3841 for an initial screening over the phone. Then, do not return to work unless you have been cleared to return by the Ingalls Medical Department.

It is also important to remember that if you have been seen by a doctor and tested for the virus, please stay home until you have the results and your doctor clears you. In these cases, please also call the Ingalls Medical Department, for clearance to return to work.


Video Message from Brian Cuccias

April 6, 3:15 p.m.

Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding president, addresses Ingalls employees and discusses the company’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Easter Holiday Extended

April 1, 2:45 p.m.

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias announces extension to Easter holiday.


Ingalls using advanced deep-cleaning technology to protect shipbuilders

March 31, 4:45 p.m.

Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing is done nightly and on weekends. Fogger disinfectants clean large areas and high traffic surfaces quickly and thoroughly.


Liberal Leave Extended to May 1

March 30, 8:45 a.m.

Due to continued school closure notifications related to the coronavirus, Ingalls has extended its liberal leave policy through Friday, May 1, 2020. Remember that your job will be secure. You can take PTO/Vacation or unpaid leave without penalty. Absences are excused.

Remember, if you are not at work and you aren’t feeling well, or have fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO WORK! Call your primary healthcare provider, TELADOC at 1-800-835-2362, or QuadMed at (228) 205-7700 for appropriate consultation and treatment. Then please call Ingalls Medical Department at (228) 935-3841 with any updated information, so that the Company can take immediate steps to help prevent the spread of the virus. Do not return to work unless you have been cleared to return by the Ingalls Medical Department.

Please contact your supervisor if you decide to take Liberal Leave.


Reminder for Employees

March 29, 1:15 p.m.

If you are not feeling well, or have fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO WORK! Please call your primary healthcare provider, or TELADOC at 1-800-835-2362, or QuadMed at (228) 205-7700 for appropriate consultation and treatment. Then please call Ingalls Medical Department at (228) 935-3841 with any updated information, so that the Company can take immediate steps to help prevent the spread of the virus.

If you have problems with significant call volume or long lines in trying to reach your doctor or one of our other services, please do not come to work to be screened at one of Ingalls’ onsite screening locations. You may call the Ingalls Medical Department at (228) 935-3841 for an initial screening over the phone.

In any case, please do not return to work unless you have been cleared to return by the Ingalls Medical Department. Please refer to the Pay & Benefits Guidance document on the Ingalls Coronavirus web page.


Ingalls Shipbuilding has Confirmed Additional COVID-19 Cases

March 26, 5:30 p.m.

Ingalls Shipbuilding confirmed additional Coronavirus cases.


Message from Brian Cuccias

March 25, 1:00 p.m.

Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding president informs employees of a second confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Pascagoula facility.


Message from Edmond Hughes

March 24, 1:30 p.m.

Edmond Hughes, Ingalls Shipbuilding vice president of human resources, sent a message regarding benefits and liberal leave.


A message from Brian Cuccias

March 23, 3:00 p.m.

Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding president has sent a message to all Ingalls employees.


Ingalls Shipbuilding Employee Tests Positive

March 22, 8:00 p.m.

Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding president sent a message informing employees of the first positive case at the shipyard.


Message from Brian Cuccias

March 20, 3:45 p.m.

Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding president sent a message to employees about our critical duty to our country.


Coronavirus Resource Guide Updated

March 20, 10:00 a.m.

Download the new version of the Coronavirus Resource Guide. Documents have also been uploaded in Spanish.


Coronavirus Resource Guide for Employees

March 17, 2:30 p.m.

Ingalls Shipbuilding releases a resource guide for employees, pay and benefits guidance, and a COVID-19 absence certification form.


Liberal Leave Extended for Ingalls Employees

March 15, 4:04 p.m.

A statement was released announcing the extension of liberal leave for the week of March 16, 2020.


Message from Brian Cuccias: Liberal Leave for Ingalls Employees

March 14, 5:30 p.m.

Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding president, sent an update regarding the institution of liberal leave for employees.


A Letter from Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias

March 13, 5:48 p.m.

Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding president, sent a letter to employees regarding Coronavirus.


A Memo to All HII Employees from Bill Ermatinger

March 10, 10:04 a.m.

Bill Ermatinger, HII executive vice president and chief human resources officer, sent a memo to all employees regarding Coronavirus.