Thousands of downtown employees will work from home longer

CareSource extends status through end of the year.

Employees at downtown Dayton’s largest employer will work from home longer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CareSource, which employs nearly 4,000 people in Ohio — about 2,200 based downtown — has asked employees to work remotely until at least next year.

“Based on employee survey feedback and the current circumstances across CareSource markets, we have extended our primarily work from home status for employees through the end of the year,” the company said in a statement.

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Though a handful of essential workers continue to work from the office, most employees have transitioned to working from home seamlessly, according to the company.

CareSource employees do have the flexibility to work from office locations needed, the company said.

“We have the proper procedures in place to ensure a safe work environment. Our facilities are following all safety regulations that continue to exist such as capacity limitations, social distancing and face mask requirements," read the company’s statement.

The state’s largest Medicaid managed care plan company had earlier extended work from home through this month. About 1.3 million Ohioans have their Medicaid plan through CareSource.

CareSource and other large employers throughout the Miami Valley have turned to telework to keep operations running through the pandemic.

It was estimated in August that only about 20% of workers at the region’s largest employer were physically working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The workforce there consists of about 30,000 military and civilian employees.

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