Navigating COVID-19 Together
The team at F|Staff + CDS, is honored to be able to support our communities with the essential functions of logistics staffing in this precarious time. The work we do is critical to millions of people, and we’re committed to being there when our customers and drivers need us most.
As we do so your health, safety and well-being are our number one priority, that is why in response to the recent pandemic of COIVID-19 also known as the Corona Virus, F|Staff + CDS is taking every protective and precautionary means to ensure your safety.
Things are changing quickly as we navigate this COVID-19 epidemic. We will use this page to share our latest updates. So check back often.
If there is anything we can do to support you during this precarious time, please let us know.
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Our Response To COVID-19
As we respond to COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees, drivers and customers remains our top priority. We ask we ask that everyone to takes the necessary preventative measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Please take care of your health and well-being. Stay vigilant with preventative cleanliness and personal hygiene. It is also recommended to take measures such as social distancing.
F|Staff + CDS will continue to follow the guidance of professional health organizations like; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), National Health Information Center (NHIC), and the National Institutes of Heath (NIH). As always, we will monitor closelly and comply with the directives of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) set by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
FMCSA National Emergency Declaration
On March 13, 2020, the FMCSA issued an emergency declaration that temporarily suspended the hour of service regulation for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks. Per the FMCSA emergency declaration:
“Direct assistance means transportation and other relief services provided by a motor carrier or its driver(s) incident to the immediate restoration of essential services (such as medical care) or essential supplies (such as food and fuel) related to COVID-19 outbreaks during the emergency.”
Addendums have been since added to the emergency declaration, including changes to commercial driver’s license regulations.
As this is a fluid situation, it is vital that carriers and drivers stay up to date with any changes made to the standing emergency declaration. Updates, information and resources can be found at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19. On that site, you’ll find information regarding:
- FMCSA Hours of Service National Emergency Declaration (multiple resources – see main link)
- FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Actions (multiple resources – see main link)
- Notice to State Drivers Licensing Agencies of FMCSA’s Policy Regarding Effect of Actions During COVID-19 Outbreak
- FMCSA COVID-19 Drug & Alcohol Testing Guidance
- Notice of Enforcement Discretion
Note: additional links and resources may be added to the FMCSA COVID-19 response page. We suggest that you bookmark the site and check back regularly for additional guidance and clarification.
Recommendations for Drivers at Work
As our nation responds to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic, we are relying on our truck drivers to keep vital goods and services moving. From toilet paper to medical gear to medications and more, our drivers drive everything, and for that, we thank you!
The following resources are for our valued drivers. While not an exhaustive list, these are some precautions you can take while on the road to keep yourself better protected from the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Motor carriers can also use this list to improve driver safety through the COVID-19 response.
- Use alcohol or bleach wipes on steering wheels, door handles, latches, shifters, and dash controls between each trip and upon each time you re-enter your cab. If you cannot find adequate cleaning supplies, you can make your own bleach solution following recommended CDC procedures.
- Use disposable gloves while at fueling stations and when using public restrooms.
- Maintaining distance from others whenever possible. A minimum of 3 feet is advised by the CDC; 6 feet is preferred.
- Stay in your cab or walk outside (away from others) rather than using public waiting areas during dwell time.
- Owner-operators should use their personal sleeper cabs rather than staying at hotels.
- Wash your hands often: at every stop, both before conducting business, at regular intervals while stopped and before getting back in the cab. Follow CDC best practices for handwashing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose, especially when out of your house or cab.
- Change your clothes and wash up as soon as you get home, preferably in a garage or mud room, and place all clothing from your trip directly into a laundry machine. If you do not have a laundry machine in your home, bag your clothes and leave them in the garage, mud room, or exterior area of your home until you can take them to a laundromat.
- Thoroughly clean and sterilize (with bleach) any food containers, lunchboxes, portable water containers, bags, backpacks, or other personal items between each trip.
What to Do if You Get Sick
We sincerely hope that all our drivers avoid COVID-19. However, if you feel ill, or if you have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, do NOT go to the ER. Call your doctor or nearest urgent care for instructions. Do not go into a doctor’s office unless directed to do so by a medical professional, or if you are exhibiting the early warning signs listed below.
If you are at home, self-isolate in your home and maintain a safe distance from family members. If you are away from home, immediately inform dispatch of your situation an self-isolate per the CDC recommended guidelines.
Know the symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
Know the risks:
- Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
Know when to seek medical help:
In an effort to keep from overwhelming our medical facilities, it’s important to seek medical help responsibly. Call your doctor or local urgent care, or use a telemedicine service. Companies like CVS and many medical facilities are offering low-cost telemedicine to anyone who needs it. Per the CDC, if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, seek in-person medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Any CDS or F|Staff driver who feels ill and suspects they may be infected with COVID-19 should follow the recommendations of the CDC. Your medical provider is your best source of information and will secure testing if needed.
More information from the CDC:
More information from the World Health Organization:
- Q&A on pregnancy and COVID-19
- COVID-19 vs. the flu – similarities and differences
- Be active during COVID-19
Beware of Scams and Misinformation
There is a lot of information out there right now. Not all of it is factual, and many scammers are taking this as an opportunity to take advantage of people’s fear and trust. We want to keep our drivers and motor carrier customers safe on all fronts. We recommend the following:
- Seek information on known, trusted sites. These include the World Heath Organization, the Center for Disease Control, and your state’s pandemic response site (listed alphabetically below).
- Validate all claims you read or hear on other sites, including social media, by checking those sites listed above. The WHO Advice for the Public page is an excellent source for myth-busting and fact checking.
- The government will not contact you over email, text message or social media to collect personal or bank account information prior to sending relief checks. If you receive a message to this affect, it is a scam!
- There are currently no known cures for the COVID-19 virus. The only proven practices recommended for avoiding the virus are those recommended by the WHO and CDC.
- Every state’s response to the virus is currently different. Your friends, family and coworkers in different states may be following different guidelines than you. Be sure to check your state’s response page regularly so you can comply with the latest recommended practices and mandates (listed alphabetically below).