As the world continues to watch the active pandemic known as coronavirus (COVID-19) unfold, your electric power providers—Lake Region Electric Cooperative and our wholesale power supplier Great River Energy—are taking steps to protect the well-being of all employees to ensure we are prepared to keep your lights on.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to update the number of confirmed cases and deaths there have been in the United States, and there have been a number of cases of COVID-19 found in Minnesota.
As a level of precaution, LREC has implemented its response plan and enacted social distancing practices for its employees. The co-op’s pandemic team is meeting daily to continuously monitor the situation. Team members have already taken steps to educate employees about how they can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and completed an assessment of the co-op’s pandemic inventory and supplies as well.
Lake Region Electric Cooperative is taking additional precautionary measures. We are temporarily closing our office to the public. Even though our lobby is closed, employees are still working and available. Members can call our office at (800) 552-7658 with any questions or to report an outage. The health of our consumer-members and our employees is Lake Region Electric’s primary focus.
Remember: The best way to prevent the spread of any illness is to be self-aware and take general precautions.
Here are four simple reminders provided by the CDC:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose, then wash your hands if you sneeze or cough. Throw out any soiled tissues.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you are ill, except to get medical care. Limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting others.