With the spread of Coronavirus around the globe, we’re facing an unprecedented confluence of events that impact our health, our daily lives, our industry, and the world around us. It’s in times like these that we must stay focused on our number one priority—the health and safety of our employees, contractors and our communities. Our company is built on this core value and that can never be compromised.
The challenges we’re facing today are not unique to Marathon Oil. The situation has created a lot of anxiety and questions across our country and around the world. At Marathon Oil, we’re taking action to put in place additional safeguards and considerations for our employees. These include a Pandemic Paid Leave of Absence Plan for employees who exhaust their normal sick leave or are unable to work due to the pandemic. We also took precautions at all our offices starting in mid-March to encourage our office-based employees to work from home and restrict travel.
We’re leveraging our well-tested emergency response protocols and structure, and have a multidisciplinary crisis management team in place managing and coordinating all our efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marathon Oil is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as state and local authorities, as containment updates are provided. We’re constantly monitoring the evolving situation and are focused on mitigating risks to health, safety and our business. Our company-wide business continuity plans have been fully engaged, to minimize the business impact of COVID-19 while operating in the safest possible way.
In addition to focusing on keeping our workforce safe, our Health, Environment and Safety teams in Texas, Oklahoma and North Dakota have organized a donation of more than 12,900 N95 masks and 10,000 nitrile gloves from our warehouses to local healthcare organizations in both states. These organizations are on the frontlines serving our communities, recipients include: OU Medical Center, Norman Regional Health Foundation, Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, the North Dakota Department of Health, the St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center, and the Harris County Office of Emergency Management in Houston, TX.