The virus, also known as COVID-19, was identified late last year in Wuhan, China, and has been spreading around the world, including the United States.
“The Postal Service is taking this health threat seriously, but we also intend to act calmly and consistently based upon the advice of medical and public health professionals,” Brennan says.
USPS is regularly sharing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including listing the actions that people can take to reduce the chances of getting the virus or spreading it.
These actions include washing your hands; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and seeking medical care when you feel sick.
“This is something that I particularly want to emphasize — if you are sick, stay home and get well,” Brennan says.
The Postmaster General also says USPS is aware of one employee who has tested positive for COVID-19.
This individual works at the Seattle Network Distribution Center and is believed to have contracted the virus during overseas travel. The employee is recuperating at home, and the Postal Service is working closely with local health authorities, who have told USPS that the current risk to other employees in the same workplace is low.
“This is great news and reflects how the response process should work,” Brennan says.
Additionally, she says the Postal Service will continue to update employees often. She encourages them to pay attention to these communications and to follow CDC’s guidance.
“We want you to be safe and healthy,” Brennan says.