COVID-19 Resource Center

Inter-Con Security is dedicated to your health and safety. We greatly appreciate your hard work and dedication during this time of uncertainty.  As we navigate through this pandemic together, we are committed to doing our best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.
Quick Guide to Resources:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
 
World Health Organization (WHO)
 
Disaster Distress Hotline (Free Government Service for Counseling and Resources)   
 
NIH (National Institute of Health) Covid-19 Information

The Latest COVID-19 Updates from Inter-Con Security:

COVID-19 Newsletter 5/21/21

COVID-19 guidance remains fluid and recommendations continue to be reviewed at Federal, State, and local levels. Below, we address our company’s guidelines on continued use of masks while at work to maintain the safety of all employees. We will continue to do our best as an organization to bring you resources, information, and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter is information on mask and quarantine guidance as well as information on vaccines for kids 12-16 years old.

Mask Guidance

The CDC recently changed their guidance about wearing masks for fully vaccinated individuals. Fully vaccinated means at last two full weeks have passed since the 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks from the Johnson & Johnson single dose. Many states, however, are still taking this new recommendation under advisement and have not yet changed mask wearing mandates. Therefore, we will continue to take a conservative and precautionary approach and require that all employees continue to wear masks at work. For information about each state’s stance on masks as of 5/17/21, please click the link below. To visit the CDC website, please click here.

CDC and CAL/OSHA Quarantine Updates

For Fully Vaccinated People, which indicates that fully vaccinated individuals who have had exposure to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic. Below are common FAQs.

Q: When must an employer exclude employees from work?

A: Employers must exclude from work employees who are not fully vaccinated if they (1) are COVID-19 cases, or (2) have had COVID-19 exposure. Employers must also exclude fully vaccinated employees if they (1) are COVID-19 cases, or (2) have had a COVID-19 exposure and exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. However, employers do not need to exclude fully vaccinated employees who had a COVID-19 exposure who are asymptomatic.

Q: What are the criteria for an employee who is not fully vaccinated and exposed to a COVID-19 case to return to work?

A: An exposed employee who does not develop symptoms of COVID-19 may return to work after 10 days have passed since the date of last known exposure.

Q: What are the quarantine requirements for a fully vaccinated employee exposed to a COVID-19 case?

A: An exposed employee who does not develop symptoms of COVID-19, does not need to quarantine.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Recommended for Ages 12-16

The CDC has announced that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can now be taken by those who are between 12 and 15, and less than or equal to 16 years of age. Below is a summary of vaccine types and eligible ages:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (in persons ages 12–15 years and ages ≥ 16 years)
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (in persons ages ≥ 18 years)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine (in persons ages ≥ 18 years)

Learn more here.


COVID-19 Newsletter 5/7/21

As the economy begins opening back up and more people are out and about, it’s important that we still continue to remain proactive with our safety practices both at work and at home. Masks are still required indoors and around high-risk or unvaccinated individuals. Our commitment to your health and safety remains a priority and we will continue to do our best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are helpful tips and resources on choosing safer activities, vaccine availability and accessibility, and information for fully vaccinated people.

Choosing Safer Activities

With more businesses opening back up, people are engaging in more activities. While this is positive and exciting, it’s important that we remain safe. Here is a guide with information on choosing safer activities:

Information for Fully Vaccinated People

With many people getting vaccinated, there are questions about how this impacts their daily life. Below is a list of things your can start to do when you are fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks or staying 6 feet apart, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • You can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.

Vaccine Availability & Accessibility

Many states have opened vaccines up to everyone 16 and older making it easier for many people to get vaccinated. Some states have also begun allowing walk-up visits at vaccine sites, reducing the burden of scheduling appointments. Learn more about your state’s vaccine availability and process by clicking here.


COVID-19 Newsletter 4/16/21

Remaining diligent in our safety practices is critical, both at home and at work. Many states have opened vaccines to everyone 16 and older. We encourage you to review information from the CDC on vaccines so that you have all the information available on where and how to get the vaccine for you or a family member. We greatly appreciate your continued hard work, support, and dedication. We will do our best as an organization to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are helpful tips and resources on vaccine types, common vaccine side effects, vaccine finder tools, and vaccines for older adults.

Vaccine Types & CDC Information

According to the CDC, we currently have three vaccines that are authorized and recommended in preventing COVID-19. To learn more, please visit the CDC website.

Common Vaccine Side Effects & Tips

  • On the arm where you got the shot: pain and swelling
  • Throughout the rest of your body: fever, chills, tiredness, and headache
  • To reduce pain, apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area and use or exercise your arm
  • To reduce discomfort from fever: drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly

Click here for additional information.

Plan Your Vaccine

It’s important to be prepared for getting the vaccine. The following link here will help you create a plan for doing so.

CDC Vaccine Finder (All States)

With so much information out there regarding the vaccine, it’s important to understand where and when you can get it. To access CDC’s vaccine finder, which helps you find vaccine information near you, please click here. It includes information about:

  • Types of COVID vaccines available
  • Websites, hours, and phone numbers for providers
  • Instructions on how to get the vaccine

COVID-19 Newsletter 2/26/21

California will begin phase 1B vaccinations on March 1st. This phase includes security guard employees. Some additional states are following similar protocols based on vaccine availability. Please review the Information provided below so that you can check with your local health department if you are eligible.

The CDC is recommending that everyone, when eligible, get vaccinated. If you would like more information on vaccines, please visit www.cdc.gov. You can also refer to our previous newsletter for additional resources.

We also encourage you to continue to regularly look at your local health department websites for updated information. Many local health departments allow you to sign up with your personal email for vaccine updates and timelines.

Los Angeles County Vaccines for Phase 1B

Please review the information below and visit VaccinateLACounty.com for more information on when and where people in these sectors can get vaccinated.

Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:

California Vaccine Eligibility

To find out if you are eligible as of March 1st, please visit My Turn at https://myturn.ca.gov/.

All Other States

Visit Wall Street Journal to enter your state. Once you enter the state, you will be provided a link to the local health department site where you will be provided with information time- lines, vaccine sign ups, and eligibility. Some of the states provide a direct link to their vaccine appointment site.


COVID-19 Newsletter 2/5/21

As we continue to work through this ongoing pandemic, it’s important to remain diligent in our safety practices, both at work and at home. We remain committed to your health and safety, and greatly appreciate your con- tinued support, hard work, and dedication. We will continue to do our best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are helpful tips and resources on vaccines, common vaccine side effects, Covid-19 resources, and face coverings.

Vaccine Types & CDC Information

According to the CDC, we currently have three vaccines that are authorized and recommended in preventing COVID-19. Visit the CDC site to learn more.

Common Vaccine Side Effects & Tips

  • On the arm where you got the shot: pain and swelling
  • Throughout the rest of your body: fever, chills, tiredness, and headache
  • To reduce pain, apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area and use or exercise your arm
  • To reduce discomfort from fever: drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly

Click here for additional information.

COVID-19 Resources

At Benefits.gov you can find helpful resources in regard to healthcare, food and vitamins, as well as a Benefit Finder tool to assist you in determining if you or someone you know is eligible for various benefits. Click here to learn more.

Face Coverings

Regardless of whether you have received both doses of the vaccine or previously had COVID-19, you must continue to wear a face covering. Face masks are important for not only your own safety, but the safety of those around you.

How to Select

When selecting a mask, there are many choices. Here are some do’s and don’ts.

DO choose masks that:

  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
  • Completely cover your nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps

DO NOT choose masks that:

  • Masks that are made with fabric that makes it difficult to breathe (vinyl, etc.)
  • Have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape
  • Are intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators or surgical masks

COVID-19 Newsletter 1/8/21

First and foremost, we want to wish you all a happy new year! As we continue to work through this ongoing pandemic, it’s important to remain diligent in our safety practices, both at work and at home. We remain committed to your health and safety, and greatly appreciate your continued support, hard work, and dedication. We will continue to do our very best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are helpful tips and resources on vaccines, types of masks not recommended by the CDC, washing your face coverings, home office ergonomics, and Cigna and COVID.

Vaccine Types & CDC Information

According to the CDC, we currently have three vaccines that are authorized and recommended in preventing COVID-19. Visit the CDC site for more information.

Types of Masks Not Recommended by the CDC

We have been wearing our masks for a while now, but just as a reminder, there are many types of masks out there and it’s important to know which work best. Here is a list of face masks/coverings that are not recommended by the CDC:

  • Masks with ventilation ports
  • Face shields (worn without masks)
  • Masks that are intended for medical workers (N95, surgical, etc.)
  • Masks that are made with fabric that makes it difficult to breathe (vinyl, etc.)

Face Covering Washing Best Practices

With mandated face covering regulations still in place, we are wearing our masks nearly everywhere we go. With the amount of use our face masks get, it’s crucial we keep them clean for our health and the health of those around us. Here are a few of CDC’s tips for washing and drying face masks:

  • Use your washing machine
  • If hand-washing, use a bleach solution
  • Use your dryer
  • Hang to air dry

Home Office Ergonomics

While many of us have been working from home for some time now, it is important to brush up on home office ergonomics. Here are some tips to ensure your home office is ergonomically sound:

  • Have a chair that supports your spinal curves
  • Ensure your mouse and keyboard are within comfortable reach
  • Ensure your feet are flat on the floor
  • Have a monitor that is eye level
  • Ensure your desk is the right size for you

COVID-19 Newsletter 12/4/20

In our continued effort to navigate through COVID-19 and the holidays, please know that we remain committed to your health and safety, and greatly appreciate your continued support, hard work, and dedication. We will continue to do our best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Check with your state for any public health orders in regard to gatherings, and if you have a Stay at Home Order, please ensure compliance and only celebrate with those in your immediate household.

Included in this Holiday COVID newsletter are helpful tips and information regarding hosting safe gatherings, attending gatherings, and safe travel.

Hosting Safe Holiday Gatherings

With the holidays approaching, families and friends are wanting to get together to celebrate. Although this is the time of year to spend with your loved ones, it is important we stay safe and comply with local, state, and federal guidelines. Here are some tips from the CDC on hosting safe gatherings:

  • Remind guests to stay home if they are sick
  • Encourage social distancing
  • Require masks
  • Encourage hand-washing often
  • Limit the number of people serving/handling food
  • Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items

Read more here.

Attending Holiday Gatherings

Before attending holiday gatherings, review the following CDC tips to ensure your safety and the safety of others:

  • Stay home if you are having any symptoms, have been in contact with someone who tested positive, or are awaiting a COVID test result
  • Use social distancing
  • Wear a mask
  • Limit indoor gatherings
  • Bring hand sanitizer
  • Avoid large gatherings of 10 and over (some states have stronger mandates so review guidelines)

Safe Travel During the Holidays

With the holidays, there is likely to be an increase in travel. If you must travel, follow the CDC’s tips and guidelines below:

  • Prior to travel, check each state’s cases in the last 7 days
  • If you are at high risk, consider not traveling
  • If you have been exposed to someone who has had COVID in the last 14 days, do not travel
  • Wear a mask
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer
  • Wash/sanitize your hands often
  • Social distance
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth

COVID-19 Newsletter 11/19/20

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, we wanted to remind everyone to be safe and ensure that CDC as well as state and local guidelines are being adhered to regarding COVID-19. We understand that it’s important to celebrate with family and friends, but we also need to be mindful of the precautions we should take to keep everyone safe. We hope that the resources and tools below will be helpful. We wish you all a safe and healthy holiday.

Included in this newsletter are helpful resources from the CDC. You can find more information by clicking here.

Everyone Can Make Thanksgiving Safer

  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.

Stay at Least 6 Feet Away from Others Who Do Not Live With You

Remember that people without symptoms can still transmit the virus. Plan for and comply with social distancing guidelines.

Hosting Thanksgiving

  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask, and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
  • Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

Thanksgiving Travel

  • Check travel restrictions before you go.
  • Get your flu shot before you travel.
  • Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.

COVID-19 Newsletter 11/6/20

We hope that the resources we provide are helpful to you and your families. Your health and safety are a priority and we appreciate your hard work and dedication while we continue to navigate through the challenges of this pandemic. Included in this newsletter are helpful tips and information regarding student resources through the National Education Association, Khan Academy, NASA, and Foreign language assistance.

COVID-19: How Can I Help Protect Myself?

  • Call 2-1-1 for Help with Covid-19.
  • Wear a face covering when you leave the house.
  • Follow instructions on the CDC site for a guide to masks.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

National Education Association

If you need tips from teachers to help your children with school, this site provides some helpful insight directly from educational professionals. Click here for more information.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy has created a wide range of resources for students to tap into while learning from home. Click here to find out more about their fun and educational apps and resources.

Foreign Language Learning Apps

To answer students questions and assist with foreign language classes, check out one of these sites: Duolingo or RosettaStone.

NASA

Science, technology, engineering, and math, known as STEM, is at the core of NASA’s mission. This site offers hands on activities for students of all ages, broken down by grade levels. Click here to learn more.


COVID-19 Newsletter 10/9/20

Your health and safety are very important to us, and we greatly appreciate your hard work and dedication during this time of uncertainty. As we navigate through this pandemic together, we are committed to doing our best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are helpful tips and resources regarding our Employee Assistance Program, COVID testing considerations, and 77 delicious dinner recipes.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Cigna offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to members via their 24/7 contact line 1.877.622.4327.

For non-Cigna members, please call the toll- free hotline at 1.866.912.1687.

COVID Testing Considerations and How to Get Tested

Who Should Get Tested:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
  • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local or state health department

How to Get Tested:

You can visit your state or local health department’s website to look for the latest local information on testing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first.

77 Delicious, Easy Dinner Recipes

With restaurant dining rooms still closed in many states, many people have begun cooking at home. Some- times, our meals can become redundant and perhaps a little boring. Click here for some easy and delicious recipes you can give a try at home.


COVID-19 Newsletter 10/2/20

As we continue our efforts to remain proactive in the health and safety of our employees during this pandemic, we would like to remind everyone about the steps we can each take to help mitigate exposure such as frequent hand washing, wearing a face covering, and maintaining social distancing. We greatly appreciate your continued support, hard work, and dedication.

Included in this newsletter are helpful tips and resources regarding how to select, wear, and clean your mask, restaurant safety, and immune-boosting foods.

How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask

As masks are still required, it is important to know how to select, wear, and clean them:

Selecting a Mask

  • Make sure it has two or more layers
  • It completely covers your nose and mouth
  • Fits snugly against the side of your face and doesn’t have gaps

Wearing a Mask

  • Be sure to wash your hands before putting on a mask
  • Do not touch the mask when wearing it
  • Make sure it covers your nose and mouth
  • When taking the mask off, use the ear straps and fold outside corners together

Cleaning Your Mask

  • Include mask in your regular laundry
  • Use regular laundry detergent and warm water
  • Leave in dryer until completely dry

Restaurant Safety

As restaurants and bars begin to open back up it’s important to understand the risk levels associated with these locations:

Lowest Risk: Food service limited to drive-through, delivery, take- out, and curb-side pick-up.

More Risk: Drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick- up emphasized. On-site dining limited to outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.

Even More Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.

Highest Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity not reduced, and tables not spaced at least 6 feet apart.

Immune Boosting Foods

With COVID cases still being reported and Flu season right around the corner, it’s crucial that our immune systems are functioning optimally. Per the CDC, here are some immune-boosting foods and supplements you can add to your diet:

  • Vitamin C; fruits and veggies
  • Vitamin D; low-fat milk, other milk alternatives, and seafood
  • Zinc; lean meat, seafood, legumes, nuts and seeds

Read more.


COVID-19 Newsletter 9/18/20

As we continue to manage our professional as well as personal lives during Covid-19, please know that we remain committed to your health and safety, and greatly appreciate your continued support, hard work, and dedication. We will do our best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are helpful resources regarding protecting yourself in the workplace, tips on disinfecting your home, low-risk outdoor activities, and drive-in theaters.

How to Protect Yourself in the Workplace

With many people returning to the office for work over the last few weeks, it is important that we understand how to keep ourselves safe when doing so:

  • If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has symptoms, stay home
  • Monitor your health closely
  • Wear a mask when going into work
  • Maintain social distance
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid sharing equipment and other objects
  • Disinfect frequently

Read more here.

Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

It’s always important to keep our home clean, especially right now. Here are some CDC tips that can help:

  • Use a bleach, soap and water, or alcohol solutions
  • Always read labels before using products
  • Practice routine cleaning of high-touch surfaces
  • Wear gloves when cleaning
  • Be sure to wash your hands when finished

Read more here.

Low-Risk Outdoor Activities

With everyone spending so much time inside, it’s important to find the time to engage in safe outdoor activities. If you can socially distance and wear a mask, here are some recommendations: Walking, running, and hiking; Golfing; Kayaking and boating; Drive-in movies; Biking; Picnics.

Read more here.

USA Today Drive-in Theaters

If you are looking for something to do with the family and miss going to the movies, visit this link to find Drive-In Theaters across the U.S.


COVID-19 Newsletter 9/4/20

As we approach the holiday weekend, please remember to stay safe, wear a face covering when you are away from home, and practice social distancing. We remain committed to your health and safety, and greatly appreciate your continued support, hard work, and dedication. We will do our very best as an organization to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are helpful tips and resources on cleaning your face coverings, types of masks not recommended, home and office ergonomics, and virtual learning resources for kids.

How to Wash Your Face Covering

With mandated face covering regulations put in place, we are wearing our masks nearly everywhere we go. With the amount of use our face masks get, it’s crucial we keep them clean for our health and the health of those around us. Here are a few of CDC’s tips for washing and drying face masks:

  • Use your washing machine
  • If hand-washing, use a bleach solution, read more here
  • Use your dryer
  • Hang to air dry

Types of Face Coverings Not Recommended by the CDC

There are many types of masks out there and it’s important to know which work and which don’t. Here’s a list of face masks/coverings that are not recommended by the CDC:

  • Masks with ventilation ports
  • Face shields (worn without masks)
  • Masks that are intended for medical workers (N95, surgical, etc.)
  • Masks that are made with fabric that makes it difficult to breathe (vinyl, etc.)

Home & Office Ergonomics

With COVID-19 restrictions and regulations, many people are now working from home. While this may be normal for some, for others, this can be a whole new experience. From setting up your home office to ensuring you stay productive, there are many things to be considered. One of the most important and often overlooked is home office ergonomics – ensuring that your office space encourages physical wellness. Here are some tips to ensure your home office is ergonomically sound:

  • Have a chair that supports your spinal curves
  • Ensure your mouse and keyboard are within comfortable reach
  • Ensure your feet are flat on the floor
  • Have a monitor that is eye level
  • Ensure your desk is the right size for you

Read more here.


COVID-19 Newsletter 8/21/20

While we continue to navigate through challenges during Covid-19, please know that we remain committed to your health and safety and greatly appreciate your continued support, hard work, and dedication. We will do our very best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are helpful tips and information regarding the safe return to school for children, grocery deliver options, and self-care.

Tips for Keeping Kids Safe as They Go Back to School

Kids across the country are going back to school. While some schools are still using virtual learning platforms, others are opting to start school in a physical classroom. While there are precautionary measures put in place by schools to keep kids as safe as possible (social distancing, mandatory face coverings, etc.), here are some additional steps parents can take to increase their children’s safety as they go back to school:

  • Encourage frequent hand-washing to build a healthy habit.
  • Ensure they are up to date on their immunizations.
  • Boost their immunity with a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
  • Ensure they have water to last them the entire school day.
  • Send them to school with multiple masks.
  • Closely monitor them for any symptoms.
  • Offer more emotional support than usual

Grocery Delivery Options

Grocery stores remain one of the places to avoid if want to decrease your likelihood of contracting or spreading COVID. While grocery stores are essential for making sure our fridges and pantries are stocked, there is another, safer alternative: grocery delivery. While receiving deliveries do still come with some risk, the risk is lower than going to the grocery store. Here are some grocery delivery services: PrimeNow, Instacart, Yummy, Shipt, Amazon Fresh

Self-Care During COVID

Self-care is always essential, especially in times of change. With many changes these past few months, it is important that we remember to take care of ourselves. The definition of self-care is different for everyone, but essentially what this means is to take time out of your busy schedule and do what helps you relax, enjoy, and have fun. Whether it is going for a walk on the beach or taking a bath, find something you enjoy and make more time for it. Learn more here.


COVID-19 Newsletter 8/7/20

In our ongoing effort to navigate through challenges during Covid-19, please know that we remain committed to your health and safety and greatly appreciate your continued support, hard work, and dedication. We will do our very best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are links for CDC Do’s and Don’ts in parks and recreational facilities, the California Friendship line, substance abuse and mental health helpline, and Peacock TV.

CDC Do’s & Don’ts for Visiting Parks & Recreational Facilities

Do

  • Visit parks that are close to your home.
  • Check with the park or recreation area in advance to prepare safely and to find out if the bathroom facilities are open and what services are available.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others you don’t live with (“social distancing”) and take other steps to prevent COVID-19.
  • Carefully consider use of playgrounds, and help children follow guidelines.
  • Play it safe around and in swimming pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds by keeping space between yourself and others.

Don’t

  • Visit parks if you are sick with, tested positive for COVID-19, or know you were recently exposed to COVID-19.
  • Visit crowded parks or campgrounds.

The California Friendship Line

For many older adults, age 60 and over, who live alone in California, Covid-19 can bring on feelings of loneliness and isolation. The Friendship line is free and offers a connection to someone for non-emergent support. The toll- free number is 888.670.1360 or you can visit their website.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Helpline

This is a National free helpline available 24/7, 365 days a year for treatment referrals, information, and support. Support is offered in English and Spanish. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. For more information visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/ national-helpline.

Peacock TV / NBC

Peacock is a free television streaming site from NBC. You just need an email address and password to sign up. They provide access to thousands of shows. To learn more go here.


COVID-19 Newsletter 7/10/20

As we continue to navigate through challenges during COVID-19, please know that we remain committed to your health and safety and greatly appreciate your continued support, hard work, and dedication. We will do our very best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope we will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are links for tips on protecting yourself and others at work, what California is doing to protect our health, temperature checks at our Corporate Pasadena office, and free testing in Los Angeles County.

Protecting Yourself and Others During COVID-19

In addition to social distancing and wearing face coverings, it’s important to avoid the following:

  • Don’t share food and drinks at work.
  • Don’t share personal devices such as cell phone, iPad, etc.
  • Don’t forget to clean/wipe down any shared equipment such as copies, etc. before and after use.

What is California Doing to Protect Our Health?

As COVID-19 cases increase, California has been actively working with our local public health department. Here are some of the actions California is taking to combat COVID-19:

  • Directed Californians to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus
  • Made testing free for most Californians who are medically eligible for testing
  • Ensured students continue to learn and get meals even with schools physically close
  • Deployed the California National Guard to work at food banks
  • Distributed millions of N95 masks and other protective gear to health care workers, with more to come soon
  • Secured travel trailers and hotels to house people experiencing homelessness

Temperature Checks for Pasadena Corp Office

For those of you that are working at and or visiting our Pasadena office, we have set up two temperature check stations at our entrances. Please take your temperature with our hands-free thermometer prior to entering the main office area. If you have a fever, or are feeling ill, please do not enter the office.

If you are sick, please stay home and let your manager know.

Wash you hands for at least 20 seconds with soap.

COVID-19 Testing in Los Angeles County

If you or someone you know in the Los Angeles County area needs to get a COVID-19 test, please go to COVID Testing for free testing locations.


COVID-19 Newsletter 7/1/20

With the recent increase in the spread of this disease, we want to assure all our employees that we are taking all necessary precautions to keep you safe at work and share information as it becomes available to us. We will continue to bring you resources and tips that we hope will be helpful to you and your families. We thank you all for your continued hard work, dedication, and support.

Included in this newsletter are links for tips to avoid injury, company HIPPA information, social distancing reminders, virtual vacations, and healthy eating.

CIGNA’s Training Tips to Avoid Injury

According to CIGNA’s wellness center, stretching before and after working out helps keep your body balanced. It prevents muscles from over-compensating and interfering with your form. Here are some recommended stretches to get you started. Go to prevent-injury to learn some simple stretching exercises.

We Comply With HIPPA

As COVID-19 cases increase and more employees have a need to take a COVID related leave of absence, Inter-Con ensures that all protected health information is and will remain protected from disclosure. you can rest assured that Inter-Con complies with HIPPA and all privacy laws to protect your private information.

Social Distancing and Safe Practices

As we start to see more business reopen, it’s important to continue to practice safe distancing. Many states continue to see new cases daily so it’s critical that we each do our part to keep ourselves and others safe. Here are some reminders per the CDC:

  • Maintain 6 feet of social distancing
  • Clean shared surfaces regularly
  • Wear a face covering whenever you are out in public
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, tell your manager
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap

For more information, visit CDC COVID-19.

Top 10 Virtual Vacations

Accuweather is sharing the top ten virtual vacations to places such as Hawaii, New York, Iceland, and more. Take a vacation from the comfort of home at virtual vacations.

Healthy Eating

The HelpGuide offers information on how to eat healthy. This site offers suggestions for a healthy diet, cooking at home, and healthy foods for kids. Visit Healthy Guide for more information.


COVID-19 Newsletter 5/15/20

We understand that dealing with the Covid-19 crisis has been a challenge both personally and professionally and greatly appreciate your ongoing hard work, dedication, and support. We will continue to do our best as an organization to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be meaningful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are links for Benefits.gov, NFL updates, getting a goodnight’s sleep, America’s test kitchen, staying hydrated, and a guide to important links.

Benefits.Gov

On Benefits.gov you can find government benefit information related to healthcare, food and nutrition, mental health resources, financial assistance information, as well as a hotline for additional support. They also provide a hotline for domestic violence if you or someone you know needs assistance. Simply log onto Benefits.gov for more information.

NFL Sports Update

For sports fans, the NFL is planning to begin their season in September 2020. While there will be contingency plans in place due to Covid-19, you can find the full 2020 schedule at NFL.

Recommendations for a Goodnight’s Sleep

Good sleep habits are important according to the CDC. Here are a few tips to assist you:

  • Be consistent.
  • Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature.
  • Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom.
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime.
  • Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
  • For more information, go to sleep help.

America’s Test Kitchen

A special collection of 50 free recipes (pantry meals, make and freeze, baking projects, and more) for everyone during the COVID-19 emergency. Please go to recipes for more information as well as to sign up for a free newsletter.

Good Hydration

Hydration is essential for everyone, not just athletes. As part of Cigna’s approach to staying healthy, you will find links to staying hydrated and how to create delicious smoothies.

Guide to Important Links

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Disaster Distress Hotline (Free Government Service for Counseling and Resources)


COVID-19 Newsletter 5/8/20

As we continue to navigate through challenges during Covid-19, please know that we remain committed to your health and safety and greatly appreciate your continued support, hard work, and dedication. We will do our very best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are links for CDC updates, financial resources, Masterclass, digital library, free online photography class, and a free Disney drawing class for kids and adults.

CDC Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated their guidance on how long people who are positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate. New evidence suggests it may take longer for the virus to shed, which means that an infected person may be able to infect other people for a longer period than originally thought. People who are positive or presumed positive for COVID-19 should now selfisolate for 10 days and 72 hours after fever and symptoms subside. This means you must stay home until your fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications and there is improvement in your respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) for at least 3 days (72 hours) after recovery, AND at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared or you were tested. If you have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed to be infected with COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days from your last contact with that individual. If you begin experiencing symptoms, you must self-isolate for 10 days and 72 hours after fever and symptoms subside. For more information, go to CDC.

Finances/Economic Impact Payments/Taxes/Student Loans

If you are looking for information on student loans, IRS filing, Social Security information, student loans and more, please click on Financial Resources for helpful tools.

Masterclass

Masterclass provides a platform to learn from industry experts in various industries including, but not limited to, Culinary courses, Entertainment, Film Writing, Sports & Games, and Science and Technology. The program is approximately $180.00 for unlimited access to all classes.

Online Photography Class

The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has opened its entire catalogue of online photography courses to everyone free of charge. There are over 1,100 courses to choose from across a variety of topics for beginners and more advanced photographers alike. Courses will be free until the end of May, and all that’s required is signing up for a free account with the PPA.

Free Disney Drawing Class

Disney has offered free online drawing classes for years. The step-by-step tutorials are taught by professional Disney animators, and your kids can simply follow along and learn to draw your favorite Disney characters. For more information log onto their site at Disney Drawing.


COVID-19 Newsletter 5/1/20

We greatly appreciate your ongoing support, hard work, and dedication while we navigate through the challenges of Covid-19 both personally and professionally. We remain committed to your health and safety and will do our very best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are links for The Contractors Loan Program, 2-1-1 state resources, making a difference during Covid-19, podcasts, and family entertainment.

Contractors Plan Loan Programs

If you participate in Inter-Con’s 401k program, you may be eligible to borrow up to $50k or 50% of your vested account balance. For more information, log into your account at www.TheContractorsplan.com. For questions, you can also contact the benefit call center at 1-855-495-1189 M-F 7am7pm central time.

2-1-1 State Resources

If you, or someone you know, needs assistance paying housing bills, finding food, or other various essential services, you can dial 2-1-1 directly or go to 211 Help for assistance in your state.

Making a Difference During COVID-19

Covid-19 has created challenges in our everyday lives. As we each do our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease, you may wonder if there is more you can do to help. If so, please click here for tips from the FDA.

Podcasts

While we continue to stay “Safer at Home,” here are some podcasts you might enjoy about staying healthy, meditation, sleep, and money matters.

Family Entertainment

If you are looking for some new ideas to entertain your family, please check out the links below:

LA County Pet Adoptions

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) is currently waiving adoption fees at all seven animal care centers to quickly place animals in homes during the COVID-19 crisis. Adoptions are by appointment only.


COVID-19 Newsletter 4/24/20

We are committed to your health and safety and greatly appreciate your continued support and hard work during this pandemic. We will do our very best as an organization to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are links for the CA DMV license extension, Real ID, Federal student loans, free streaming movies, free museum tours, and free kids’ audio books.

CA DMV Extensions

Due to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office closures, they have extended expiration dates for driver licenses during Covid-19.

If your driver license was set to expire between March and May 2020, it is now valid through May 31, 2020. All commercial driver licenses (e.g., Class A), endorsements and certificates expiring between March and June 2020 are now valid through June 30, 2020.  Please note that this extension does not include medical certificates for commercial drivers, which require additional administrative actions.  For more information, please visit DMV website.

What About Getting My Required Real ID

Federal officials are delaying the previously set Oct. 1, 2020, deadline for Real ID, one of the accepted forms of ID that travelers will need to use in place of a regular driver’s license to get through airport security when enforcement begins. The new deadline is Oct. 1, 2021

For more information go to Real ID card

Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents

The Federal Student Aid Office has indicated that loan payments will automatically stop from March 13, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020.

To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 emergency, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. To learn more, click on the borrower Q&As.

Free Streaming Movies

The Lionsgate YouTube page will livestream four popular movies, hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis. The first movie will be Dirty Dancing on April 24, La La Land on May 1 and John Wick on May 8. Find out more in Lionsgate’s press release.

Free Museum Tours

Google is offering free virtual museum tours from around the world such as Japan’s Nagoya City Art Museum to Ford’s Theatre in Washington.

Free Audio Books for Kids

To help keep kids occupied, Audible is offering a big selection of streaming audiobooks at no charge. You’ll find the likes of Winnie-the-Pooh, Anne of Green Gables, White Fang, various Audible Originals and even some modern titles like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The service just made the first Harry Potter book available as well. There are books available in different languages as well, including French, German and Spanish.


COVID-19 Newsletter 4/17/2020

As we continue to navigate through challenges during COVID-19, please know that we remain committed to your health and safety and greatly appreciate your continued support, hard work, and dedication. We will do our very best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are links for the CDC face covering mandate, auto insurance, FDA program, Cigna symptom checker, and meditation and stress relief podcasts.

CDC Face Covering Requirement

Since it’s critical we all do our part to stay safe and healthy, we would like to remind everyone that the CDC is requiring a face covering when out in public.

You can learn more about the proper use of face coverings by visiting the CDC website.

Face coverings should be washed after each use.

California Auto Insurance

At this time, the California Commissioner has requested that auto insurance companies review their policies for potential refunds on premiums for March and April. Please contact your insurance company directly for questions. You can learn more on California Commissioner web.

FDA Announces Creation of COVID-19 Acceleration Program (CTAP)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in development and review of new therapies to treat COVID-19 through a recently created special emergency program titled Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP). The goal of CTAP is to move treatments to patients as quickly as possible while also ensuring the efficacy of such treatments. This link will provide FDA information for your review and reference.

Cigna Symptom Checker

If you have Inter-Con’s insurance coverage through CIGNA, you can use their Covid-19 assessment. The Buoy for Cigna Symptom Checker is a free online tool that provides real-time, clinically accurate and advisable information to help identify your risk for COVID-19.

After answering a few questions, this online tool helps to:

  • Assess the severity of your symptoms
  • Guide you to a recommended next step for care, such as:
    • Linking you to the Cigna COVID-19 Resource Center
    • Calling your primary care physician for a virtual visit
    • Directing you to an emergency room

Meditation & Stress Relief Podcasts

Cigna is offering free meditation and stress relief podcasts in both English and Spanish. Listen to podcasts here. You DO NOT need to be Cigna member to access these podcasts.


4/17/2020

Tips for Staying Healthy

As an essential service provider, Inter-Con continues to secure our clients’ people, assets, and missions during the ongoing pandemic. To ensure we do so successfully, all of our personnel adhere to the following steps recommended by the CDC to stay healthy and mitigate the risk of further contagion at client work sites.

  1. Wash your hands  with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds
  2. Avoid close contact with others by maintaining 6 feet of social distancing
  3. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces with 70% alcohol
  4. If sick, stay home and update your manager/employer

When following these common steps, we are reminded that we are all in this together. Inter-Con is actively hiring talented individuals who are committed to serving their communities in a healthy, responsible way. Please reach out to us today to learn more about current opportunities!

Security Tips for Working from Home

With so many of us now working from home, it is more important than ever to:

  1. Utilize online networks, community resources, and other remote tools to proactively engage with neighbors and community members to (re)establish healthy neighborhood watch practices. Make sure to align your definitions of suspicious behavior and establish simple, clear communication and escalation protocols.
  2. Assess the quality and utility of any existing home security systems and hardware you have. It might be time to replace outdated or non-functioning hardware/software.
  3. Review and update your family emergency response plans. Involve immediate and extended family members, as appropriate, especially those who live close by to reinforce your natural support network.
  4. Update your emergency contacts list to include local authorities and medical resources.

Tips for Protecting Your Information

The global spread of COVID-19 has provided cybercriminals an opportunity to deceive people into clicking on dangerous links, opening malicious attachments, or volunteering valuable information. To mitigate the risk of falling for a COVID-19 scam, avoid clicking on links or opening files from a distrusted source (cdc.gov.com  vs . cdc.gov). Additionally, trusted authorities will never ask for your personal information in an email without any sort of multi-factor authentication to first prove your identity. 

Common email/attachment themes to be extra cautious of include but are not limited to:

  • An updated Coronavirus map of your city
  • A Coronavirus Infection warning from local school district
  • Fake CDC or World Health Organization emails or social media Coronavirus messaging
  • Tips on keeping your children safe from Coronavirus

Scam phone calls and text messages claiming to “raise funds for victims” are also not uncommon.


4/10/2020

COVID-19 Newsletter 4/10/2020

We are committed to your health and safety and greatly appreciate your continued hard work and dedication during this time of uncertainty. As we navigate through this pandemic together, we will do our very best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are links for the CDC on face coverings, Cigna telehealth, CDC myth busters, daycare and family resources, and free cooking videos.

Face Covering VS A Mask

On 4/3/20, the CDC revised their recommendations to the public and are recommending face coverings when out in public and or while working an essential job. Our employees should check with their supervisor and or manager regarding use of face coverings.

In the City of Los Angeles, effective 4/10, the Mayor is requiring that all essential business employees wear a face mask or cloth covering (bandana, fabric, scarf) when working and or visiting an essential business.

A face covering is not the same thing as a mask. At this time, you should not be purchasing medical grade masks, which are in short supply. It is extremely important that N95 masks are reserved for those who need them most and have the highest risk of infection, including medical professionals and healthcare workers.

You can follow instructions available online from the CDC on how to make your own face mask.

Face coverings should be washed after each use. These measures will help flatten the curve and save lives.

Face Covering Do’s and Don’ts

Do:

  • Use it to completely cover your nose and mouth
  • Read the directions provided to you on use of the mask
  • Put it on properly and adjust it as necessary throughout the day
  • Wash your hands and face after removing the mask before touching your face
  • Keep it clean
  • Keep it away from running machinery or equipment that could entangle the mask
  • Keep it on your person when you are not using it
  • Request or make a new one if it becomes damaged or in any way unsanitary

Dont:

  • Let it obstruct your vision
  • Wear it if it causes any difficulty in your ability to breathe
  • Wear it if it causes your safety glasses or reading glasses to fog up and impair your vision
  • Let it hang down around your neck
  • Lay it on a surface where it may contaminate the surface or lay it on a surface that may already be contaminated
  • Use it if it is damaged in any way

Cigna Telehealth

Telehealth (also known as telemedicine) is the use of technology such as computers and mobile devices to help you get health care from anywhere, anytime. If you subscribe to Inter-Con’s medical plan, this service is available to you. To help mitigate the spread of disease, if you don’t have an urgent medical need, Telehealth is a safe alternative to visiting a clinic.


4/03/2020

COVID-19 Newsletter 4/03/2020

Your health and safety are very important to us, and we greatly appreciate your hard work and dedication during this time of uncertainty. As we navigate through this pandemic together, we are committed to doing our best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.

Included in this newsletter are links for free services for Tax Relief, HUD Relief for Homeowners, Livestream Music, Kids Resources, Online Exercise, and EAP Services.

Tax Relief Information

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This link will take you to the IRS website where you can find information such as the tax deadline date, economic impacts and what you need to know, FAQ, and guidance on tax assistance.

HUD Fund for Homeowners Amid Coronavirus

HUD provides immediate relief for homeowners amid the nationwide Covid-19 response. You can find information on foreclosure and eviction moratorium.

Free Livestream Concerts This Week

Since we can’t attend live concerts, the link below lists livestream performances by many artists that you can stream from the comfort of your home:

Free Exercise Videos

It’s important to stay active during a “Stay at Home” order. The link below provides access to free workout videos online varying from cardio to weight training. The following link provides access to free videos that you can enjoy:

Free Kids Resources During COVID-19

While the kids are at home and learning online, this link offers some resources for eBooks, virtual museum tours, and educational information that may help with both learning and entertainment while school remains closed.

Disaster Distress Hotline (Free Government Service for Counseling)

This site provides free government counseling assistance and a free hotline for information on infectious diseases. The Disaster Distress Helpline is open to everyone. You may call for yourself or on behalf of someone else.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Cigna also offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to members via their 24/7 contact line 1.877.622.4327. For non-Cigna members, the toll-free hotline is 866.912.1687. Cigna has additional information at the following link regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus microsite. Cigna also offers a Cigna’s Disaster Resource Center which contains educational tools including disaster-related handouts for employees along with links to community resources for recovery.

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