Our vendors continues to monitor laboratory delays and communicate any progress or remaining challenges. Please see the updated summary below for each of our main lab partners
Additional collection site issues:
Additionally, we have been informed that due to the current climate around global shortage of raw materials, staffing, logistical constraints, and bottlenecks in international shipping, operations and fulfillment of supply orders are being negatively affected. This is not unique to any one laboratory or to drug testing supplies specifically. Parent laboratories are continually assessing stock and are hard at work to ensure Patient Service Centers have the necessary supplies to perform services.
Collection sites may be subject to closure or decreased availability daily. Please call the collection site to verify the operating hours and availability of testing shown is still current before the donor goes there for testing.
We appreciate your patience during this time. We will continue to provide updates as changes occur.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently extended its flexibility regarding the requirement for employers to physically inspect documents presented for Section 2 of the Form I-9; due to COVID-19 precautions, DHS' policy is extended through December 31, 2021.
Originally announced on March 19, 2020, and extended several times since then, this policy allows employers that are operating 100% remotely due to COVID-19 to defer the physical presence requirements associated with Section 2 of the Form I-9. If employees are physically present at the workplace, however, in-person document inspection is required.
Once normal operations resume or DHS’s extension of flexibilities is terminated on December 31, 2021, whichever is earlier, employees who were on-boarded during this time must report to their employer within three business days for in-person verification of the document(s) presented for Section 2 of the Form I-9.
For additional information, please click the link here to ICE’s website. Read more