USPS issues service alert on coronavirus, also known as “COVID-19.

The Postal Service is continuing to monitor the circumstances around the novel coronavirus, also known as “COVID-19.”  We are sharing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance regarding the COVID-19 epidemic to our employees via stand-up talks, employee news articles, messages on bulletin boards, and internal messaging inside USPS workplaces.

Currently, we are not experiencing operational impacts as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic and we are using this time to review/revise our contingency plans should they be needed.  Customers can view our most recent media statement and find a link to the CDC guidance at https://about.usps.com/newsroom/statements/usps-statement-on-coronavirus.htm.

Regarding the importation of packages, the CDC states there is likely very low risk that the COVID-19 can be spread from products or packaging shipped from China, because of poor survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces.  Also, according to the CDC, there currently is no evidence to support transmission of coronavirus associated with imported goods; and there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.

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Thanks I’ll still be waiting for my service talk. Hadn’t happened yet.

Same here

Still waiting on my talk also.

The goods could be shipped from someone who has covid-19 in USA and virus can survive 10 to 12 days on surfaces(letters,packages).

We are being told that the USPS union has advised mail carriers to refuse testing to enter facilities caring for frail elders. Will mail be dropped off in bulk? Residents are concerned that they will not receive important mail.

I wonder if they will find that mail & parcels are spreading it? I wonder if online purches have decreased or increased?

I’m sure Usps is playing down the risk to carriers. This is something that has never happened before and they don’t know how to handle it.