Update as of March 27, 2020, 6 p.m.
During challenging times such as these, it is important for each of us to step forward to do what we can to help one another. We are approaching this situation from a position of strength, which allows us to put our expertise, our products and our resources to work for you. On behalf of ARS Services LLC, thank you for choosing ARS. For yourself and for your community, please stay safe, stay well, and stay home.
ARS Services LLC
We have been closely watching how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak evolves, fine-tuning our preparedness plans and making decisions about business operations and precautionary health measures for you and our clients with the intention of caring for everyone like family. We continue to work closely with – and take guidance from – the CDC, as well as local health authorities, to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep you and our clients safe.
If you believe you may have been exposed to or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should notify your manager immediately. According to the CDC, for the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. The CDC advises that the most important action you can take to keep yourself and others healthy is to continue to wash your hands throughout the day.
In addition, this week we have taken a variety of other steps, including:
We are communicating frequently to all of our field leadership teams to ensure they have the support and resources they need, and sharing guidance provided by the CDC and all local and state public health authorities.
Extra paid time is being added in order to conduct enhanced daily cleaning and sanitation efforts in every single store, over and above our regular sanitation and cleaning protocols. This includes more frequent cleaning and sanitization of high-touch surfaces.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and, like you, we are receiving an enormous amount of information daily. Our promise to you is that we remain vigilant and committed to heeding the guidance from public health officials and stand ready to take every precaution necessary in order to keep you and our clients safe.
We will continue to keep you updated.
We have also created a section on our website for our clients to understand our preparedness actions and response to COVID-19 as we believe communication and transparency is important.
ARS Services LLC. How are we handling this Pandemic??
At ARS Services LLC, our mission of Pleasing People guides everything that we do. This means always striving to care for our clients and our employees like family. Delivering on this promise means continually monitoring public health issues that can impact our clients, our employees and our business, including the recent Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. We wanted to share with you what we are doing to care for you in response to this quickly evolving situation.
Maintaining a Safe Environment
As of March 25, all of ARS Services LLC offices have been closed. Our employees are working from home to stop the spread of COVID-19
Our Field Techs have ceased operation and only being sent out when absolutely necessary.
Caring for Our Family of Employees
Our intranet sites, ARS Services LLC, provide the most up-to-date information on the ways we are supporting our employees including limited retention pay, how to take advantage of unemployment benefits while still employed by ARS Services LLC, and other benefits and resources to help make this difficult time a little bit easier.
We are working closely with and taking guidance from the CDC, as well as local health authorities, to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep employees and clients safe. Our goal is to respond to these unprecedented circumstances with speed and empathy.
Above all, we want you to know we value you and will continue to take care of you like family, just as you have come to expect from us.
RSS Feeds from the CDC what you need to Know
- CDC recommends that pet stores, pet distribution facilities, and pet breeding facilities act in accordance with state and local jurisdictional guidance when considering reopening or continuing operations. Learn how to reduce the risks of SARS-CoV-2 in your facility.
- Fair and agricultural show organizers should consider the potential for COVID-19 to spread from person to person, person to animal, and possibly from animal to animal. The risk of animal-to-person spread is considered low.
- The objective of screening is to reduce the international spread of communicable disease by detecting departing travelers who are sick or who have been exposed to the disease and preventing them from leaving the country they are in (exit screening) or by detecting them upon arrival and directing them to appropriate care and follow up, as needed (entry screening).
- CDC's approach to evaluating community mitigation strategies and provides overarching considerations.
- Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19. But following good food safety practices can reduce the risk of illness from common foodborne pathogens.
- Actions that persons and communities can take to help slow the transmission of the virus in communities.
- Summary of considerations and current CDC recommendations regarding SARS-CoV-2 testing.
- Household Checklist
- Testing Strategy for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in High-Density Critical Infrastructure Workplaces after a COVID-19 Case Is IdentifiedWorkers in critical infrastructure sectors may be permitted to work if asymptomatic after potential exposure to a confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), provided that worker infection prevention recommendations and controls are implemented. Outbreaks of illness among workers in food-producing facilities and surrounding communities have raised unique questions that identified the need for testing for COVID-19 to supplement existing guidance. This document presents different testing strategy options for exposed co-workers when public health organizations and employers determine testing is […]