USPS: Close Contact Tracing Program for COVID-19

From: Dean, Rickey R – Washington, DC
Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9:22 AM
Subject: Contact Tracing Program


For your reference information, and as a reminder, attached is the Contact Tracing Program for COVID-19. The HQ COVID group has confirmed the attached is current and has not been updated or changed. Several questions have come up some Areas/Districts regarding whether or not an employee is entitled to Admin Leave if they must quarantine and they have already used the FFCRA EPSL.

Please note page 3 of the attached and the 7th bullet (also shown below):

To initiate a close contact investigation:

  • Review form submitted by local manager.
  • Interview employee to gather information regarding his/her movements within the facility and potential direct contact with co-workers.
  • Assess movement and contacts to determine risk level to others.
  • Identify employees who should exercise self-quarantine.
  • Notify local manager of employees being recommended to self-quarantine.
  • Employees should then be placed on Emergency Paid Sick leave according to Families First Coronavirus Response Act guidelines.
  • If Emergency Paid Sick Leave has been exhausted, the employee will be placed on Administrative Leave.
  • OHNA/OHN will contact Public Health Department
  • Public Health Department will conduct Close Contact Investigation for non-postal close contact.

The HQ COVID group has confirmed this position and this language. Please advise accordingly.


Rickey R Dean | Manager Contract Administration (APWU) | U. S. Postal Service | Headquarters
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW | Washington, DC 20260-4101

Related: APWU: COVID-19 MOUs and Liberal Leave Policy extended until December 31, 2020

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