Current Status and Alturas’ Ongoing Response to COVID-19
Updated 02Apr2020

Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 02APR2020
Uploaded 27MAR2020

Alturas continues to closely monitor developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact to our location, services, and supply chain.  

  • Alturas Analytics is considered an essential business and will remain open during “Stay At Home” orders imposed through city, state, and federal regulations. 
  • Due to a decision to limit visitors at our facility, virtual audits are now available and can be scheduled through QA Manager Dave Schumacher, RQAP-GLP.
  • Resources are focused on Sponsor projects to stay ahead of schedule while providing the option for personnel to work remotely in order to maintain workflow continuity. 
  • Spare parts, excess supplies, and consumables are retained on site to ensure no supply chain interruptions.
  • With ongoing closures of global laboratories, Alturas is still in full operation and capable of supporting all bioanalytical services offered in our standard portfolio.

Uploaded 25MAR2020

Alturas Analytics is considered an essential business and will remain open during “Stay At Home” orders imposed through city, state, and federal regulations.  We are focusing resources on Sponsor projects to stay ahead of schedule while providing the option for personnel to work remotely in order to maintain workflow continuity. 

Spare parts, excess supplies, and consumables are retained on site. Alturas’ supply chain awareness and preparedness plan was implemented in January to ensure the supply chain remains uninterrupted. We are prepared to continue supporting all bioanalytical services offered in our standard portfolio.

Modified 23MAR2020
Uploaded 20MAR2020

Alturas remains in full operation with no negative impact to our services or timelines. Due to a decision to limit visitors at our facility, virtual audits are now available and can be scheduled through QA Manager Dave Schumacher, RQAP-GLP at dschumacher@alturasanalytics.com.

The staff is working diligently to stay ahead of schedule. Further cross-training between functions and across projects has been implemented in anticipation of a possible reduction in workforce as the situation evolves. With the infection rate low in our region, Alturas intends to operate cautiously under strict safety and health measures that will minimize the risk and spread of illness among staff.  

Uploaded 18MAR2020

Alturas Analytics, Inc. is actively participating in social distancing by encouraging those who can work from home to do so.  Alturas has also mandated that any employee who has traveled recently or will be traveling to an outbreak location must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to the facilities.  These employees are encouraged to continue working from home. 

Alturas is able to carry out this strategy as a result of its preparedness plan.  Extra bandwidth and equipment, supplies, spare parts, and consumables are stored on-site to minimize interruptions.   A fully integrated real-time data management system connects all operational workflows and processes. This allows full visibility of project status including timelines, review processes, reporting, batch runs, invoices, contracts and real-time alerts under secure remote access.  

A system for conducting virtual audits is in final test to ease disturbances and avoid delays caused by social distance and travel restrictions. 

Alturas’ operation remains consistent and will post updates regularly as circumstances change.

Uploaded 13MAR2020

To Whom It May Concern:

At Alturas Analytics, Inc. the health and safety of our sponsors, employees, stakeholders, and all those Alturas serves is our top priority.  Alturas is closely monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact to our location, services, and supply chain.  

Alturas is taking appropriate and necessary preventative measures to minimize the risk and spread of the illness. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and regional health organization recommendations, a number of precautions to preserve health and safety have been adopted.  

EMPLOYEES

Alturas encourages healthy behaviors of its employees.  Precautions such as additional hand washing stations throughout the facility and elimination of business and social gatherings such as conferences, seminars and workshops, as well as gathering within the facility, are in effect.  Universal health precautions are a requirement in the laboratory environment and strictly enforced at Alturas. 

As part of Alturas’ routine operations, within Alturas’ business continuity plan, cross training for essential positions has taken place in case of a reduction in workforce.  Alturas has also taken steps to reduce viral load exposure to help with recovery process, and prepared with additional equipment and bandwidth for at risk employees to work from home.  It is mandatory for employees to stay home if feeling ill.

FACILITIES

Alturas is committed to providing our clients, sponsors, and collaborators with the same on-time, expert bioanalytical services. We do not foresee any interruptions in scheduled maintenance for equipment. In addition, a supply chain awareness and preparedness plan was implemented in January to ensure the supply chain remains uninterrupted.  Furthermore, extra spare parts, excess supplies, and consumables have been retained on site.

At this time, Alturas is open for audits, but this could change as the situation evolves.  For now, if you do choose to visit Alturas’ location, please know sanitation efforts are increased and steps have been taken to reduce exposure to concentrated viral loads by offsetting shifts and work days and lowering building temperature. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at info@alturasanalytics.com or 1(208)883-3400. We are committed to keeping you informed about steps Alturas is taking to respond to COVID-19. 

Sincerely,

Robin Woods
Alturas President and Founder