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COVID-19 Update March 30,2020
POSITIVE TEST-NOW WHAT???
Brothers and Sisters,
We’ve been operating for weeks now with the specter of the Covid virus hanging over our heads and we all know and have seen the impact that it has had globally but now that we’ve had a confirmed diagnosis for one of our coworkers many of you are asking, “now what?” First and foremost any employees that were exposed to the individual while they were symptomatic should be contacted by the OHNA (occupational health nurse). This should be occurring automatically as the employee in question has given a list of coworkers to the OHNA about who they came into contact with or were around while at work. We’re told that the area where the employee worked has been “sanitized” based on MMO-031-20. I.E. Postal requirements.
While there are privacy concerns for the individual its almost common knowledge who it is and if you believe you may have been exposed and you are not contacted by the OHNA then you should follow up with your doctor. Everyone should already be assuming that everyone has Covid and everything you touch is infected. Practice as best you can social distancing, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands! This is one of the easiest and best ways to avoid becoming infected, by simply washing your hands. This applies both at home, at work or even at the grocery store.
The Service has stated that any absences taken from February through May 17th due to the Covid pandemic will not be cited in any disciplinary actions. So, if you are still uncomfortable coming to work do what you need to do to stay healthy and protect yourself. We should all be operating under the premise of “everything and everyone is infected” so wash your hands, cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing and do what you need to do to stay safe and healthy. We are in unprecedented times that are changing on a daily basis so stay tuned; as information becomes available it will be disseminated.
Philadelphia NDC Branch President