Effectively at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 McLeod Co-op Power’s front entrance will be closed for walk-in traffic until further notice. This decision has been made to minimize exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). We recognize this decision is a significant change to our operations; however, we feel it is prudent we make this change.
Providing electricity is a critical public service that is classified along with fire, police, ems, health professionals and first responders. Protecting our employees from this pandemic is vital for our abilities to maintain power service in the case of a local outbreak.
Member payments can still be dropped off using our drop box at 1231 Ford Avenue in Glencoe. Those using this option can still pay with cash. We will simply credit any over-payments to that member’s account. Credit card and debit payments also can be made over the phone. Please note that due to this change in operation that credit card convenience fees have been suspended until further notice. Other non-payment inquires can be handled by calling 320-864-3148 or 1-800-494-6272.
McLeod Co-op Power also is implementing other measures to protect our employees. This includes not allowing vendors in our facility until further notice. As it relates to our employees, notices have been provided to ensure that any employee that may experience COVID-19 symptoms do not report to work. We also are currently restricting non-essential business travel. Lastly, we have made changes to our cleaning practices to ensure workstations and other high traffic areas are disinfected on a daily basis.
Again, we feel it’s important to protect our employee’s health to ensure we can continue to provide electrical service to our members. We are assessing the situation daily to determine if any additional steps are needed to protect our employees and members.
Remember: The best way to prevent the spread of any illness is to be self-aware and take general precautions.
Here are four simple reminders provided by the CDC:
- Follow current social distancing guidelines.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose, then wash your hands if you sneeze or cough. Throw out any soiled tissues.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you are ill, except to get medical care. Limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting others.