Here are Link’s stories about the new coronavirus; the disease it causes, COVID-19; and the Postal Service’s response.
Coronavirus-related stories and resources:
Fly flags at half-staff to honor COVID-19 victims
President Joe Biden has ordered flags to half-staff to honor the more than 1 million Americans who have died from the virus.
4 projects win sustainability awards
In a year filled with pandemic-related challenges, some individuals, teams and facilities were able to find new ways to reduce the Postal Service’s environmental impact and often its operating costs, as well.
Cooling neck gaiters
USPS has supply for employees
Gaiters are circular pieces of fabric that sit around a person’s neck and can be pulled up to cover the mouth and nose.
USPS offers guidance for employees
The Postal Service is delivering the latest batch of stimulus checks under the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law last month.
Limits on business travel extended
The Postal Service has extended its restrictions on business travel, including travel for training, until at least June 7.
USPS extends contingency policy
The Postal Service’s telework contingency policy has been extended until June 7, part of the organization’s efforts to promote social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hand sanitizer, disposable face masks available
The Postal Service has surplus quantities of hand sanitizer available to ship to facilities for employees’ use.
Fly flags at half-staff to honor COVID-19 victims
President Joe Biden has ordered U.S. flags flown at half-staff to honor the more than 500,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19.
Orders available through eBuyPlus MDC catalog
Supply Management has modified and expanded the ability of Postal Service facilities and offices to order disposable pleated face masks.
Show me the data
New dashboard helps move Priority Mail items
The Postal Service recently introduced a dashboard to enhance service performance for Priority Mail Open and Distribute shipments.
USPS offers reminder on ordering
The Postal Service wants employees to remember the proper procedures for ordering face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic.
Limit on business trips continues
The Postal Service’s policy limiting business travel during the coronavirus pandemic has been extended until at least Jan. 19, 2021.
Your count counts
Ordering, reporting COVID-19 supplies
Having adequate supplies will help the Postal Service avoid problems if there are national shortages later in the year.
USPS has modified measures during pandemic
The Postal Service is reminding employees that new social distancing procedures have been implemented to help protect workers who deliver mail during the coronavirus pandemic.
Facilities should order pandemic supplies now
The Postal Service wants to ensure facilities have sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment and other coronavirus pandemic-related material as the organization gears up for the peak delivery season in the fall.
Hand sanitizer warning
Watch out for toxic products
The Postal Service and the Food and Drug Administration are warning employees and customers to be on alert for hand sanitizers that may contain methanol, a dangerous, highly toxic chemical often used as an industrial solvent.
Preparing for the unexpected
New tool helps managers plan ahead
The Postal Service has developed a new tool to help managers at mail processing plants prepare for unexpected events — such as the coronavirus pandemic — before they affect mail processing and delivery.
PFSC shipping supplies available on eBuyPlus
USPS wants Post Offices to stock up on shipping supplies to better assist businesses that use Premium Forwarding Service Commercial.
Do’s and don’ts
How to properly process PFSC mail
The Postal Service is reminding employees about specific procedures for processing Premium Forwarding Service Commercial mail.
Honoring coronavirus victims, Memorial Day
Postal Service facilities must fly the U.S. flag at half-staff to honor victims of the coronavirus pandemic and for Memorial Day.
Here to there
Forwarding available for commercial customers
The Postal Service is reminding employees that commercial customers can forward mail to an alternate business address, a useful option for firms that have changed locations during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hold Mail changes
USPS modifies service during pandemic
USPS has modified its Hold Mail service to assist business customers during the coronavirus pandemic.
New command center assisting with supply needs
The Postal Service is working to ensure USPS facilities have supplies to keep employees safe and work areas clean.
USPS makes adjustments for some products
The Postal Service has adjusted service commitments for some products due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mail delivery update
USPS extends return-to-sender time frames
To assist customers during the coronavirus pandemic, the Postal Service has temporarily extended the time frames when a mailpiece will be returned to sender.
Additional options for shipping sanitizers, wipes
The Postal Service is providing customers with additional options for shipping hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes, two products that are widely being used during the coronavirus pandemic.
Going the distance
New guidance issued for retail employees
The Postal Service is providing retail employees with new guidelines to help them practice social distancing on the job during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sign of the times
USPS modifies procedures for carriers
The Postal Service has modified procedures for letter carriers to help them practice social distancing while delivering mail and packages.
Restrictions for shipping sanitizers, wipes
The Postal Service wants employees to know there are specific shipping restrictions for hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes that contain alcohol.