Coronavirus Resources For Employees


Company Updates


Weekly Update from NNS President

Aug. 7, 12:30 p.m.
Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding, makes several announcements about COVID-19 communications and expectations going forward. “My commitment remains to provide timely and transparent information whenever new decisions are made.”

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Unpaid COVID Leave of Absence at NNS

Aug. 6, 2:30 p.m.
Susan Jacobs, vice president, human resources and administration at Newport News Shipbuilding, describes a longer-term approach for how to safely operate as we have learned the virus will be with us for the foreseeable future.

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Weekly Update from Jennifer Boykin

July 31, 2:30 p.m.
Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding, shared additional actions NNS is taking to help slow the spread of the virus and also provided an update on leave decisions.

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Weekly Update from Jennifer Boykin

July 24, 5:20 p.m.
Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding, summarized information from the week and answered frequently asked questions. “As we approach month five of the pandemic, many of us may be feeling a sense of COVID-19 “fatigue.” Wearing our masks, social distancing and regularly washing or sanitizing our hands are just as important as wearing our hard hats, safety glasses and steel toe shoes.”

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Quarantine, Masks and Social Distancing Questions Answered

July 24, 12:15 p.m.
Dr. Steve Apostoles, Newport News Shipbuilding’s medical director, and Dru Branche, director of Environmental, Health, Safety and Security, answer employee questions regarding quarantine policies, mask wearing and social distancing.

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NNS to Return to a Three-Shift Schedule in August

July 22,  1:25 p.m.
Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding, provides details about the company’s return to a three-shift schedule in August. “The shift schedule is designed to provide one-hour gaps on both sides of first shift for cleaning and to spread the workforce during shift change. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines of social distancing, wearing a mask, and continual cleaning across all three shifts.”

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NNS COVID-19 Update

July 21,  12 p.m.
Newport News Shipbuilding confirmed 30 new cases for July 20. In a message to employees, NNS President Jennifer Boykin provided details about the cases and what the company is doing beyond continuing to deep clean and enable personal hygiene. She also encouraged employees to continue sending feedback to company’s ideas mailbox.

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Weekly Update From Jennifer Boykin

July 17,  2:45 p.m.
Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin answers questions about quarantine pay, smoking areas, COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

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Know Your Risk

July 17,  12:30 p.m.
Ingalls Shipbuilding employees are encouraged to assess the risk of activities they may partake in when not at work. Be consistent, it is essential to take care of yourself at home, in your community and at work. Read the chart from Texas Medical Association and know your risk.

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July 14: COVID-19 Survivor’s Story

Wilton Ferebee
Wilton Ferebee is a deck electrician specialist and Master Shipbuilder at Newport News Shipbuilding. He’s also a COVID-19 survivor. This spring, Ferebee found himself an intensive care unit and on a ventilator as a result of the virus. Now recovered and back at work, he has a message for fellow shipbuilders. Watch the video | Read the transcript

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How COVID-19 Spreads

How COVID Spreads
Watch this animation to learn how COVID-19 spreads from person to person through contacts at work, in the community and at home. Read the transcript

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