Coronavirus update

In a special “Business Focus” video released this week, Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan updates employees on the new coronavirus.

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.

Board update

President Trump has nominated Donald Lee Moak, a Florida resident, to be a member of the USPS Board of Governors.

Moak, formerly president of the Air Line Pilots Association, is founder and chief executive officer of the Moak Group, a public affairs firm.

The nomination will be for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring Dec. 8, 2022.

The U.S. Senate must confirm nominees before they join the board.

The governors are the principal officers of the Postal Service. The board is similar to a board of directors, conducting long-range planning and setting strategic policies, among other duties.

Inside information

The Postal Service wants employees to be in the know about its role in the 2020 decennial census.

The organization has introduced a Census 2020 Blue page that has stand-up talks and posters covering transportation, processing and delivery and retail operations.

A list of USPS census points of contacts for headquarters and each area is also included.

Other resources include sample mailpiece images, a visualization dashboard and frequently asked questions.

Working with the U.S. Census Bureau, USPS will begin its 590 million-mailpiece campaign — the single largest First-Class Mail mailing within a 90-day period in postal history — this month.

Help is here

The Postal Service wants employees to remember that counseling and other services are available through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

The program aims to help employees overcome life challenges that can affect their health, family or job performance.

EAP is voluntary, confidential and free. Services include:

• Face-to-face counseling. Clinicians are available to talk in person about any concerns.

• Telephone counseling. Employees can speak with a counselor by calling 800-327-4968. The TTY number is 877-492-7341.

• Video therapy. Clinicians or consultants are available through a video link.

• Text therapy. Employees can use the Talkspace app to text a clinician, who will respond in a certain amount of time.

• Online therapy. The myStrength app includes therapy modules for depression, stress, chronic pain, anxiety, substance use and insomnia.

The website has more information.