EDMOND, OKLAHOMA – Beginning earlier this month there has been an increased outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). A state of emergency was declared in Oklahoma due to the virus on Sunday, March 15.
The coronavirus is an infectious disease caused by a virus that has not been identified in humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This virus causes respiratory illness and symptoms can include a cough, fever and even pneumonia.
According to WHO this virus primarily spreads through contact when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or through saliva or snot. It is very important in this time to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
“We are taking this virus very seriously,” Shaun Riney, Qualgen’s general manager, said. “The health of our employees, and ultimately our clients, are our primary focus at this time.”
Qualgen has always taken multiple precautions in terms of cleanliness. The Qualgen dedicated clean rooms are maintained above industry standards: as current validations show, Qualgen’s ISO 7 rooms meet ISO 5 requirement.
“We choose to err on the side of caution and have asked all non-essential employees to work from home, as well as, anyone who is feeling under the weather until we have a better understanding of COVID-19,” Riney said. “We have also limited any access to our facilities for essential employees only and no outside visitors are allowed unless emergency is warranted, until further notice.”
Qualgen’s staff is diligently following guidance and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), WHO and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Across all Qualgen facilities there has been an increase in daily cleaning routines, including more frequent hand washing, use of sanitizer and cleaning equipment.
“We will continue to follow the direction of our local government, as well as, the WHO and CDC,” Riney said. “We have multiple staff members who are experts in the viral and microbiological world and are using them for all questions and to keep on top of this virus.”
“We also, at this time, have suspended all travel, including the upcoming conferences we had planned to attend in the next few weeks,” Riney said. “The environment around us is uncertain, but we have a world-class team and will make it through this tough time together. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected.”
For more information about the coronavirus, please refer to CDC, FDA, WHO or NIH.
ABOUT QUALGEN: Qualgen, a U.S. based company located in Edmond, Oklahoma, is a global leader in compounding pharmaceutical production. Founded in 2012, Qualgen offers bio-identical hormone replacement pellets, as well as, numerous scientifically advanced compounds in multiple markets around the world.
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