Monday, April 20, 2020
The watch list has 319 total employees, 76 are on mandatory quarantine, 243 are self-quarantined. 301 employees have returned to work. The log has reached 620 employees.
There are 13 confirmed positive cases, 10 are currently active.
The discussion today revolved around some Supervisors becoming lax with regard to the Social Distancing Guidelines. District Manager Hardin's stand is that if we have knowledge of instances where this is occurring, we should act upon it. Report the abuses to Management and the Union so compliance can be ensured. Now is not the time to slide backwards.
Friday, April 24, 2020
For over 2 weeks the District has been boasting continually of how stocked we are with supplies employees need in order to work "safe". Today President Henschen received a report that supplies of gloves in various sizes were running short 3 days ago and that management had been informed at the time. This morning, all gloves were gone in that facility.
President Henschen urges all carriers to make 2 reports when supplies are low: 1 to Management, and 1 to the Union Hall.
Inaction by Management can be monitored and we can stay ahead of the situation if we know about it.
The watch list has 263 total employees, 65 are on mandatory quarantine, 198 are self-quarantined. 376 employees have returned to work. The log has reached 633 employees.
There are 13 confirmed positive cases, 9 are currently active. It's now 10 days since the last employee tested positive, which is a very good sign. Tomorrow, another positive tested carrier is scheduled to return to work.
The District has received the first partial shipment of cloth masks. The masks will be wrapped in packs of 5 to be rotated by the employee. They are said to be re-used/washed 17 times each, so we will be covered for 17 weeks.
A safety talk is scheduled called "Robberies and Assaults." Carriers should keep eyes and ears open as the stimulus checks begin arriving. Watch for addresses with multiple stimulus checks and report this to supervision.
Moving forward, the USPS plans to keep social distancing the "new normal" and within 2 weeks all retail units will have permanant glass or plexiglas shields separating clerks from patrons and the 6' intervals will be continued.
Beginning next week, these updates will be on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
The watch list has 280 total employees, 65 are on mandatory quarantine, 215 are self-quarantined. 353 employees have returned to work. The log has reached 633 employees.
There are 13 confirmed positive cases, 9 are currently active. It's now 9 days since the last employee tested positive, which is a very good sign.
We have reviewed the Florida Department of Health Data and Surveillance Dashboard that highlights each county's COVID-19 activity:
There have bee 298,587 total tests taken with 28,832 positive results and 267, 876 negative results.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
The watch list has 285 total employees, 65 are on mandatory quarantine, 220 are self-quarantined. 342 employees have returned to work. The log has reached 627 employees.
There are 13 confirmed positive cases, 9 are currently active. It's now 8 days since the last employee tested positive, which is a very good sign. As restrictions begin to be lifted in the coming days and weeks, please continue the social distancing and frequent hand washing.
When calling in sick for COVID-19 related absences, the proper instruction is to call the supervisor, not the automated lines. (eRMS, ELRA lite blue)
If anyone receives a thank you card from a patron, please forward the pics to President Henschen at (727) 608-6772. We will forward them to corporate communications and the NALC, and post them on our website.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
The watch list has 298 total employees, 66 are on mandatory quarantine, 232 are self-quarantined. 322 employees have returned to work. The log has reached 620 employees.
There are 13 confirmed positive cases, 10 are currently active. The last confirmed positive result was on 4/14/20, no new presumed positive carriers have been identified.
Today's latest Mandatory Stand up Talk is "Face covering and Mask Update." Cloth face coverings or masks are mandatory in support of Local or State covering directives or orders. In addition, face coverings and masks are mandatory in all facilities where social distances cannot be maintained.
In the Suncoast District only Oceola County has a mask always rule.
The Occupational Health Nurse believes that normally most case configurations maintain proper social distancing without the necessity of wearing a mask.