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COVID-19 Update: Week 28

Posted by Robin Siekerman on Jan 7, 2021


Now 10 months into the COVID-19 crisis, the virus is surging in the United States.  Twenty-one million Americans have tested positive for the virus, and sadly 354,000 people in the United States have lost their life. As cases surge, we are also seeing an uptick in cases within our facilities. We continue to follow CDC guidelines, mandate face coverings and preach hand washing and sanitization. Please do not come to work if you have symptoms of Coronavirus. 

Social distancing, face coverings, frequent hand washing and sanitizing remain important in the months ahead as we continue to combat the virus and while distribution of the vaccines is just getting underway. Therefore, we will continue to follow guidance of the CDC to help provide a safe working environment for our associates. We will also continue to follow updated protocols and frequently communicate them with our associates during shift meetings and on all internal communications platforms, as well as publicly on our Coronavirus Resource Page.

Spread of the Coronavirus is surging across the country putting a massive strain on our healthcare system. When you can, please stay home and avoid large gatherings of people. When it is necessary to go out, please wear your mask, social distance, and frequently wash your hands. Also, it is not too late to get a flu shot if you have not already


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Taking Action

This is the latest list of actions we are taking to ensure communication to all stakeholders:

  • President Rob Doyle continues his bi-weekly video address to associates.
  • Summary of new protocols—as of 11/12/2020, we are revising our policy with the following new protocols:
    • Testing: A negative test is required to return to work if an individual self-quarantines or is part of a Track and Trace.
      • The CDC suggests the median time of 4-5 days from exposure for symptoms to onset (11/3/2020), therefore we encourage and remind individuals to not test until a minimum of 4 days off from work. This is still the associates' decision, and although this action is not required, it is highly recommended.
      • A return to work should take place no earlier than 7 working days from the last day worked with a negative test.
      • Results must be returned no later than 10 days after the last day worked.
    • Age: Those over the age of 60 are allowed to self-quarantine without testing on a case-by-case basis. Notify Diane for review.
    • Exposure: If someone has had direct contact with someone who has tested positive, they must self-quarantine and be tested (see testing section above).
    • Testing Centers: TSG will make it a priority to provide detailed information regarding testing locations near the office/facility.
    • Important reminders:
      • If you do not feel well, STAY HOME. Call your manager and let them know you are experiencing signs of COVID-19
      • Remember to SOCIAL DISTANCE yourself from other workers. Notify management if you feel this is not occurring at your site.
      • Wear your protective MASK, SCARF, or BANDANA always. Be sure to cover your mouth and nose. Masks are required at all TSG sites.
      • Wash your hands and sanitize several times a day, especially after touching hard surfaces.
      • Disinfect your work areas. If you need supplies to clean your equipment, desk, or any other surface, let management know immediately!
    • Sites are maintaining the proper level of PPE to ensure replenishment of items given ongoing shortages and lead times for some PPE.
    • Managers are stressing that associates stay hydrated, which is a key to a healthy immune system. Associates are allowed water in a clear bottle on the warehouse floor to aid in maintaining proper hydration. 
    • Practice getting plenty of rest, exercise, and good nutrition.

The number of COVID cases are surging following the holiday season. If you do not feel well, please do not come to work. Get a COVID test and contact your supervisor.


We are #3PLStrong. We are essential. We are TSG. View COVID-19 Resources

Americans are weary of the virus, but now is not the time to let down your guard. With vaccine distribution underway, we have reason to be optimistic in 2021 that we are only a short time away from getting the spread of Coronavirus under control. Until that time, please remain steadfast to take the appropriate precautions.    

If you have any questions about our COVID-19 response efforts, please contact Diane Villafana, VP of Human Resources and Safety Compliance.



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