CareFirst CEO 'implores' businesses to continue remote work, even after economy reopens
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield CEO Brian D. Pieninck is encouraging Baltimore's businesspeople to continue working remotely "well beyond" when local leaders give clearance to reopen the economy.
Conversations around the Covid-19 pandemic are increasingly turning toward options for reopening shuttered businesses and returning to a more normal workflow. But Pieninck said it is "critical" that whenever those plans materialize, business owners do not send their workers back to offices en masse.
He explained that local hospitals and health systems may quickly be overwhelmed if reopening causes a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, and said maintaining current safety measures like social distancing is necessary to help hospitals stay on top of the demand for care.
"Even as this reopening conversation continues to progress, and we start to see permission to bring people back into worksite environments," Pienick said, "if your business allows for [remote work], I would implore you, please maintain those practices."
Source: Baltimore Business Journal