Pandemic safety

The Postal Service is reminding employees to continue to practice social distancing and to wear face coverings to protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic.

Employees must always maintain safe distancing of at least 6 feet apart from others when entering, exiting or working at any USPS facility, including Post Offices; processing plants; area and district offices; and Postal Service headquarters in Washington, DC.

Face coverings must be worn in all areas, including conference rooms, hallways, stairways and anywhere other people are present and effective safe distancing is not possible.

Employees may wear their own personal cloth face coverings or get one from a supervisor.

Additionally, the organization offers the following guidance:

• In areas where local and state governments have ordered or directed people to wear face masks, Postal Service employees should comply. Any USPS employee who is unable to achieve social distancing in his or her workplace should also wear a face covering.

• There should be no more than two people in an elevator at any time. Each person should wear a face covering and stand at opposite sides of the elevator. Similarly, face coverings should be worn while using a restroom, and no more than two people should use the facility at a time.

• Employees should maintain social distancing and wear face coverings when having conversations with co-workers.

• If you cannot wear a face covering for health reasons, alert your supervisor immediately.

Additionally, along with face coverings, the best defense against the spread of coronavirus and other illnesses is to regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Always cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing by using a tissue or your elbow.

Additional information is available on the COVID-19 Blue and LiteBlue pages.

Improved view

The Postal Service has made it easier to get timely processing and delivery data about ballots, voter guides, campaign brochures and other election year mailings as they move through the organization’s network.

Mail Condition Visualization (MCV), a component of Informed Visibility, offers near-real-time information about Election Mail and Political Mail pieces, allowing users to identify on-hand and delayed processing volumes within the mailstream and to make adjustments if necessary.

The application’s users receive piece-level volume analytics that include visibility into individual Election Mail and Political Mail pieces.

MCV also offers container-level volume analytics that display any container carrying a single piece of Election Mail or Political Mail.

The MCV improvements are part of the Postal Service’s broader efforts to serve the public during this year’s elections, when the organization is expected to accept, process and deliver billions of Election Mail and Political Mail pieces.

To access MCV data, log into the Informed Visibility website and select the Workload Performance tab. Employees who don’t have Informed Visibility access can request it through eAccess.

The Election and Political Mail 2020 Blue page has other information and resources for employees.

Biting back

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Fill in the blank: Approximately (blank) Postal Service employees were attacked by dogs in 2019.

a) 580
b) 5,800
c) 58,000
d) 580,000

2. Who administered the oath of office to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on June 16?

a) Former Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan
b) Acting Judicial Officer Alan Caramella
c) Board of Governors Chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan
d) Board of Governors Secretary Michael J. Elston

3. After retiring as Postmaster General, Megan J. Brennan received an award named after which of her predecessors?

a) William F. Bolger
b) James A. Farley
c) Benjamin Franklin
d) Samuel Osgood

4. True or false: USPS employees are prohibited from working for companies that deliver mailable matter, other than daily newspapers.

a) True
b) False

5. Los Angeles Processing and Distribution Center employees recently sent banners with encouraging messages to their counterparts in which three cities?

a) Boston, Chicago and Detroit
b) Chicago, Detroit and New York
c) Detroit, New York and Houston
d) New York, Houston and San Francisco

Answers: 1) b. 2) c. 3) c. 4) a. 5) b.