Google Tells Anyone Who Comes To The Office To Take Weekly Covid Tests

Google Tells Anyone Who Comes To The Office To Take Weekly Covid Tests

When it comes to testing, Google has been preparing for a moment like this. In April, Google started providing at-home Covid-19 tests from Cue Health to employees. It’s the testing company’s biggest private sector customer. Several hundred Google employees signed and circulated a manifesto opposing the company’s widened Covid-19 vaccine mandate. Four months later, Google’s cloud division entered into a separate agreement with Cue to develop real-time variant tracking and sequencing of Covid-19, a partnership that gives Google unique access to testing and variant data.

“The Omicron variant has become the dominant strain in then U.S. and is highly transmissible,” DeSalvo wrote. “There has been a significant rise in infection across the country, and hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID patients — reducing their capacity to provide care to others who need it.” In an email sent to full-time employees on Thursday and obtained by CNBC, Google’s health chief Karen DeSalvo said anyone who comes into contact with a Google office or facility will require a negative molecular test. They should also report their vaccination status and wear surgical-grade masks while at the office, the memo said.

Google has been more aggressive of late than its tech peers in enforcing Covid-19 safety measures among workers. Last month, the company told employees that they must comply with vaccine policies or face losing pay and eventually losing their job. That marked a shift by executives, who just a few months earlier said the company would not mandate vaccines. Google is implementing a new Covid-19 testing policy for its U.S. work sites as it prepares for a continued surge in infections from the Omicron variant in the coming weeks.

DeSalvo said the molecular tests will help alleviate pressure on clinics, schools and pharmacies, which have struggled to keep rapid antigen test supplies in stock. Google has more than 150,000 full-time employees and nearly the same amount of contractors and vendors. As of mid-December, executives said the company had so far opened 90% of its U.S. offices and, in recent weeks, nearly 40% of its U.S. employees went to a facility at some point. In an email to CNBC, a Google spokesperson said the company is “implementing new temporary health and safety measures for anyone accessing our sites in the US,” and is putting policies in place to make “workplaces and communities as safe as possible.”

DeSalvo reminded employees that Google offers free at-home and in-person viral testing options to both full-time staffers and the extended workforce, which includes temps, vendors and contractors. A recent report by Bloomberg said Google’s extended workforce had longer wait times for test results compared to full-time workers. “We expect this to continue over the next few weeks,” DeSalvo wrote, adding that the new testing rule is temporary. “During this period of heightened risk, we are making it a matter of policy to get a weekly molecular test (e.g. PCR, Cue) if you are coming into the office.”

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