Google is now requiring office workers to get weekly molecular COVID-19 tests

Google will require anyone who goes to one of its US offices or facilities to receive a negative particle test for COVID-19, the company told employees Thursday in a memo obtained by CNBC. Chief Health Officer Karen DiSalvo said in the memo that workers who go to the office regularly will have weekly checks, and employees have been asked to report their vaccination status. And wearing surgical masks indoors.

Google spokeswoman Laura Lee Erickson confirmed this the edge That a new, temporary policy on COVID-19 is now being implemented, which is “Anyone who arrives at our US sites is expected to have a recent negative COVID-19 particle test before arriving at the site” and that it offers various types of tests at no cost.

Ericsson said Google is offering free at-home testing to full-time employees and contract workers through BioIQ’s PCR-based nasal swab tests, but Bloomberg This week I reported that full-time employees also have access to molecular tests from Cue Health that can give results in just a few minutes. On the other hand, contractors, specifically, are offered BioIQ tests by mail, according to Tweet from the Alphabet Workers Union, which means they have to wait longer for a result. Ericsson tells us that some Google contractors in the company’s data centers have access to on-site rapid tests using Cue machines.

Changes arrive as COVID-19 cases rise across the country and as the omicron variant spreads. These new policies add to Google’s December guidance that requires employees to vaccinate or risk being forced to take time off and eventually being fired. The company has postponed its mandatory return to the office until some point this year in August.

This week, Meta also raised its employee health policies, requiring anyone who returns to its offices when they open at the end of March to receive a booster dose of the vaccine.

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