Dear Orca Clients,

Effective immediately, and in accordance with federal and local guidance, Orca Information has prepared to continue work operations . Our new hours of operations are Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and we will be closed on Saturdays. This will remain in effect until further notice as we continue monitoring the COVID-19 situation.

Our hearts go to those that have been impacted by the ripple effect of COVID-19. We are all in this together and we are looking forward to our continued partnership with you.

Sincerely,
The Orca Pod

Dear Orca Clients,

Effective immediately, and in accordance with federal and local guidance, Orca Information has prepared to continue work operations . Our new hours of operations are Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and we will be closed on Saturdays. This will remain in effect until further notice as we continue monitoring the COVID-19 situation.

Our hearts go to those that have been impacted by the ripple effect of COVID-19. We are all in this together and we are looking forward to our continued partnership with you.

Sincerely,
The Orca Pod

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