LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Citing an "alarming" rise in COVID-19 cases, Humana is once again pushing back its return to the office for Louisville employees.

The company originally planned for employees to gradually return to the office starting in September 2021 after nearly a year of remote work during the pandemic.

Since then, Humana has delayed employees' return to the office several times, most recently planning for mid-January 2022.

But in a statement on Wednesday, Humana said it informed employees in December that the return to the office has been delayed "until further notice." 

"As infections and hospitalizations caused by the COVID-19 Omicron variant continue to rise at alarming rates, we know we need to continue to take action to keep Humana employees, our members and our communities safe," the health insurance company said in the statement. 

Humana says the return to the office keeps employees safe, and helps them "prioritize" their PPE and COVID test kit supplies for employees who work outside the office.

Beginning on Monday, Jan. 17, the company is also requiring all employees and contractors who work outside their home to have their COVID booster shot or undergo weekly COVID testing. All employees will also be required to wear a mask while working outside their homes. 

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