ITC COVID-19 Guidance

By on Mar 22, 2020 in In the News | 0 comments

**UPDATED FALL 2021​​**
Following the lead of Basin Electric, the ITC will be limiting non-essential site visits due to the resurgence of COVID cases. The health and safety of our employees, researchers, and hosts at Basin Electric are our highest priorities and we will work with all of our stakeholders to ensure all site activities can be conducted in a safe manner. We will closely monitor the situation and look forward to hosting guests as soon as it is feasible.

Please reach out to the ITC team with any questions. 

Jason Begger, Managing Director of the ITC
(307) 256-0098

TO: Wyoming ITC stakeholders and tenants
FROM: Jason Begger, WIA Executive Director
DATE: March 20, 2020
SUBJECT: COVID-19 Guidance

Yesterday, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon took additional action to limit the transmission of COVID-19, issuing a statewide public health order, which temporarily closed many public facilities such as restaurants, bars and schools. The full order is linked here. Additional guidance has requested limited physical presence within State buildings and facilities.

Based upon these actions, as a State of Wyoming operated facility, all testing and construction activities at the ITC will be suspended immediately and shall remain in effect until at least April 3, 2020. At that point we will review the situation and follow Governor Gordon’s guidance on the resumption of operations. The most recent information on Wyoming’s COVID-19 response can be found by following this link.

Recognizing many ITC tenants are temporary visitors, necessitating the use of hotels and restaurants, and would be traveling from outside of Wyoming, we feel like this is the most prudent move to ensure the health of both our tenants and the citizens of northeastern Wyoming. We are mindful of the current strains on healthcare providers across the country and earlier today, Campbell County reported its first case of COVID-19. We do not want to place any additional burdens on local resources should they see additional cases.

We are well aware of the fact tenants are in various stages of mobilizing and some have equipment on site, so we will work closely with all of our stakeholders to minimize impacts. We ask everyone with access to the site to follow the most recent CDC guidance regarding hygiene practices and limit interaction with others.

Specific guidance includes, but is not limited to:

ITC personnel will work with tenants to receive any equipment or deliveries that are enroute. These deliveries can be offloaded, but construction or assembly is prohibited. Tenants who have deliveries scheduled, but have not departed, are asked to delay shipments until the site is reopened to normal activities.

The site remains secure and accessible for non-testing and construction activities to those appropriately credentialed.

Non-critical business guests and visitors will not be allowed on site.
ITC staff will continue routine site walk-throughs, monitor in-place equipment and communicate any issues should they arise.

ITC and WIA staff will continue to work and will be available as normal to support projects, permitting, grant applications, leases, etc.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) remains available to answer questions and process permits although certain personnel may be telecommuting and certain practices may be temporarily altered.

We are all working to navigate this unprecedented situation to be best of our abilities. In a rapidly changing environment, clear and regular communication will ensure our actions cause the least amount of disruption. Please contact me or anyone with the ITC or WIA if you have additional questions or have a matter not specifically addressed in this guidance.

Jason Begger
(307) 256-0098

Will Morris
(385) 249-0587