Continued Listing of COVID Updates

November 4: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

November 4, 2020

TCA has compiled the most frequently asked questions from its membership; click on a section below to skip to a specific topic:
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Trump Administration Launches ‘Engaging as One Workforce for America’ Initiative

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ICE Keeping the Public Safe from COVID-19-related Fraud

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Using Antibody Tests for COVID-19

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Trump Administration Launches ‘Engaging as

One Workforce for America’ Initiative

The Trump administration has announced that the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Agriculture will be joining efforts to put American workers first in a post-coronavirus economic recovery initiative to help more families experience the benefits of work.

 

Together, through the “Engaging as One Workforce for America” initiative, HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will work to increase the capacity of state and local governments to engage unemployed individuals to shorten durations of unemployment and reduce disconnections from the workforce that make it harder for individuals to return, and connect to the workforce those who were not participating in the labor force prior to the pandemic, through a comprehensive and coordinated public and private effort.

ICE Keeping the Public Safe from COVID-19-related Fraud

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Operation Stolen Promise (OSP) targets fraudulent activity stemming from the pandemic. The initiative combines ICE’s Homeland Security Investigation’s (HSI) expertise in global trade investigations, financial fraud, and cyber investigations with robust private and public partnerships to disrupt and dismantle this criminal activity and strengthen global supply-chain security.

 

As of October 28, as part of OSP, the agency has made 166 criminal arrests, analyzed 68,343 COVID-19-related domains, seized more than $12,755,665 million in illicit proceeds, disrupted 51 instances of illicit activity, sent 1,432 leads to domestic and international field offices, executed 141 search warrants and made 1,598 COVID-19-related seizures to include prohibited test kits and pharmaceuticals, counterfeit masks and more.

Using Antibody Tests for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed interim guidance for how healthcare providers, laboratories, and public health staff should use antibody tests. These tests look for the presence of antibodies, which are proteins made in response to infections. Antibodies are detected in the blood of people who are tested after infection; they show the body’s efforts to fight off a specific infection. The CDC notes that antibody test results should not be used to determine if someone can return to work.

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November 6: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

November 6, 2020

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Court Issues Order Halting Operators of Fake Websites Claiming to Sell Clorox and Lysol Products

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Busting Myths and Misconceptions about COVID-19 Vaccination

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ICYMI: TCA Offers 12 COVID-Related Webinar Recordings at No Charge

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Court Issues Order Halting Operators of Fake Websites Claiming to Sell Clorox and Lysol Products

At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court in Ohio has issued a temporary restraining order against 25 counterfeit websites that allegedly have been playing on consumers’ COVID-19 pandemic fears to trick them into paying for Clorox and Lysol products that the defendants never deliver.

 

According to the FTC’s complaint, since at least July 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the defendants’ counterfeit websites have been aimed at consumers urgently seeking cleaning and disinfecting products, and designed to look like genuine sellers offering Clorox and Lysol products. In filing the complaint, the FTC is seeking an order permanently banning the defendants from their allegedly illegal conduct, as well as the disgorgement of money they collected through the scheme to provide refunds to defrauded consumers.

Busting Myths and Misconceptions

about COVID-19 Vaccination

In the United States, there is not yet an authorized or approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19. With the possibility of a limited supply of one or more COVID-19 vaccines becoming available before the end of 2020, accurate vaccine information is critical. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a list of facts about potential COVID-19 vaccines to help educate the public.

ICYMI: TCA Offers 12 COVID-Related Webinar Recordings at No Charge

Since mid-March, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has made it a priority to provide our members with valuable resources during this unprecedented time.

 

In addition to daily briefings and our COVID-19 resources page, TCA hosted a dozen timely webinars about truckload-specific topics relating to the current pandemic such as:

  • Leadership’s Role in the New Freight Normal;
  • Financial Navigation in Uncertain Times;
  • Cyber & Fraud Securities for Today’s Climate;
  • Dealing with Balance and Empty Miles in Freight Profitability Analysis; and
  • Maintenance Procedures in Uncertain Times and more.

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November 9: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

November 9, 2020

 

Note: TCA will not produce a COVID-19 brief

Wednesday as our office is closed for Veteran's Day

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DOL Issues Guidance Alerting Employers to Frequently Cited Standards Related to COVID-19 Inspections

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Treasury Updates Economic Response Timeline

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CISA Celebrates November as Infrastructure Security Month

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DOL Issues Guidance Alerting Employers to Frequently Cited Standards Related to COVID-19 Inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance and an accompanying one-pager to help employers understand which standards are most frequently cited during coronavirus-related inspections. OSHA based these documents on data from citations issued, many of which were the result of complaints, referrals and fatalities in industries such as hospitals and healthcare, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and meat/poultry processing plants. The one-pager and guidance document provide available resources that address the most frequently cited standards, including respiratory protection, recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses, personal protective equipment and the General Duty Clause.

Treasury Updates Economic Response Timeline

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is leading the response to COVID-19 by providing fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses and preserving jobs for American industries. Treasury’s Economic Response Timeline, which has been updated through the month of October, provides the public with details about the Department’s actions to aid businesses struggling during the pandemic.

CISA Celebrates November

as Infrastructure Security Month

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) 2020 Infrastructure Security Month comes at a “Time of Transformation” for our nation and the pillars it relies upon. As the nation has undergone a transformative mass move to remote work, distance learning, and telemedicine, the importance of cybersecurity and infrastructure security has increased dramatically.

 

As the nation responds to COVID-19, it is vital that as new or evolving challenges emerge, we are looking at what kind of access, personal protective equipment, and other resources workers need to continue performing essential duties in a safe and healthy way. More than ever, CISA recognizes the role of private organizations and individuals in infrastructure security. As such, during this year’s Infrastructure Security Month, CISA asks every organization to:

  • Identify and prioritize the ability of essential works to work safely while supporting ongoing infrastructure operations across the nation;
  • Bring awareness to misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracies appearing online related to COVID-19, 5G, election security, or other infrastructure, functions, or threats;
  • Recognize the societal transformation of securing infrastructure and responding to disasters during a global pandemic; and
  • Understand the modernization of securing critical infrastructure as we defend today, secure tomorrow.

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November 13: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

November 13, 2020

 

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CDC Updates COVID-19 Guidance for Long-Haul Truck Drivers

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CTPAT Director Issues New Message Regarding the Ongoing Pandemic

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CDC Updates COVID-19 Guidance

for Long-Haul Truck Drivers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance document, “What Long-Haul Truck Drivers Need to Know about COVID-19.” The guidance explains that for long-haul truck drivers, potential sources of exposure include having close contact with truck stop attendants, store workers, dock workers, other truck drivers, or others with COVID-19, and touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after contacting surfaces touched or handled by a person with COVID-19. The CDC also notes that employers should have a COVID-19 response plan to protect drivers, following CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers.

CTPAT Director Issues New Message

Regarding the Ongoing Pandemic

Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Director Manuel A. Garza has provided a new message for CTPAT members amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In his message, Director Garza notes that due to the worldwide pandemic conditions, it was necessary to defer all remaining 2020 on-site validations, with the expectation that the program will resume normal operating procedures once conditions permit. In the interim, the program intends to move forward in utilizing a virtual validation platform to be able to validate CTPAT partners.

Complimentary Virtual Event

to Offer Human Resources Panel

There’s still time to register for next week’s complimentary, virtual event — TCA’s Fourth Annual Bridging Border Barriers — set for Thursday, November 19. Industry experts will not only discuss current and potential cross-border issues, but will offer a Human Resources Professionals Panel which will focus on recruiting, retention, employee engagement, and more during this global pandemic.

 

Hear from these industry professionals on all things HR in the trucking marketplace:

  • Geoff Topping, Vice President of People and Culture, Challenger;
  • Rosana Preston, Director of Human Resources and Administration, Rosedale Group;
  • Adam Lang, Chief Risk Officer, Halvor Lines; and
  • Moderator – Dave Dietrich, Vice President of Human Resources, Erb Group of Companies.

The event is offered at no charge thanks to our sponsors Blume Global, Daimler Trucks Canada, ORBCOMM, and TruckRight.

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November 16: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

November 16, 2020

 

Note: TCA will not be producing a COVID brief on Wednesday, November 18.

 

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CDC Recommendations for Celebrating Thanksgiving

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FTC Sends Letters Warning 20 More COVID-19 Marketers

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HHS Partners with Pharmacies to Increase Access to Future COVID-19 Vaccines

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CDC Recommendations for Celebrating Thanksgiving

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer. These include bringing your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils; wearing a mask, and safely storing your mask while eating and drinking; and using single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

FTC Sends Letters Warning 20 More COVID-19 Marketers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it has sent letters warning 20 more marketers nationwide to stop making unsubstantiated claims that their products and therapies can prevent or treat COVID-19. This is the ninth set of warning letters the FTC has announced as part of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers from health-related COVID-19 scams. In all, the Commission has sent similar letters to more than 330 companies and individuals.

HHS Partners with Pharmacies to Increase

Access to Future COVID-19 Vaccines

To maximize access to COVID-19 vaccines for all Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the U.S. government’s partnerships with large chain pharmacies and networks that represent independent pharmacies and regional chains. Through the partnership with pharmacy chains, this program covers approximately 60 percent of pharmacies throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Through the partnerships with network administrators, independent pharmacies and regional chains will also be part of the federal pharmacy program, further increasing access to vaccine across the country—particularly in traditionally underserved areas.

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November 20: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

November 20, 2020

 

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Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance Clarifying the Deductibility of Expenses and PPP Loans

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Federal Reserve Updates Main Street Lending Program FAQs

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AAMVA Provides Status Updates on SDLAs

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Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance Clarifying the Deductibility of Expenses and PPP Loans

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance clarifying the tax treatment of expenses where a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan has not been forgiven by the end of the year the loan was received.

 

Since businesses are not taxed on the proceeds of a forgiven PPP loan, the expenses are not deductible. This results in neither a tax benefit nor tax harm since the taxpayer has not paid anything out of pocket. If a business reasonably believes that a PPP loan will be forgiven in the future, expenses related to the loan are not deductible, whether the business has filed for forgiveness or not. Therefore, businesses are encouraged to file for forgiveness as soon as possible.

Federal Reserve Updates

Main Street Lending Program FAQs

The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program to support lending to small and medium-sized for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, documents outlining Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the program for both for-profit and nonprofit entities were updated to provide additional clarity on several subjects.

AAMVA Provides Status Updates on SDLAs

Though the coronavirus pandemic has been declared a national emergency, local and state government officials and public health departments, in consultation with federal officials, have been tasked with making decisions based on local conditions. The American Association of Motor Vehicle Operators (AAMVA) has provided a list of the current status updates of state driver’s licensing agencies (SDLAs). This list will be updated regularly.

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November 23: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

November 23, 2020

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US, Mexico, Canada Border Closures Extend Another Month

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8 Things to Know about Vaccine Planning

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OSHA Announces $3,148,452 in Coronavirus Violations

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US, Mexico, Canada Border Closures

Extend Another Month

The U.S. land borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed for nonessential travel until at least Dec. 21, after the three countries agreed to extend the restrictions as COVID-19 surges. Officials announced the border closure extension last week. Trucks will continue to move freely across the borders, as the movement of essential goods remains exempt from the restrictions.

8 Things to Know about Vaccine Planning

In the United States, there is not yet an authorized or approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The federal government, through Operation Warp Speed, has been working since the pandemic started to make one or more COVID-19 vaccines available as soon as possible. With the possibility of vaccines becoming available before the end of the year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have outlined 8 things you need to know about where those plans currently stand.

OSHA Announces $3,148,452 in Coronavirus Violations

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Nov. 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued 232 citations arising from inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $3,148,452. OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to implement a written respiratory protection program and record an injury or illness on OSHA recordkeeping forms, among other issues. Resources are available on the agency’s COVID-19 webpage to help employers comply with these standards.

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November 25: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

November 25, 2020

 

Note: In observance of Thanksgiving,

no COVID brief will be produced on Friday, November 27.

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OSHA Updates FAQs to Address Cloth Face Coverings as PPE

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CISA Offers Tips for Online Holiday Shopping

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ICYMI: CDC Recommendations for Celebrating Thanksgiving

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OSHA Updates FAQs to Address

Cloth Face Coverings as PPE

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published an update to its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to address whether OSHA considers cloth face coverings to be personal protective equipment (PPE). The agency is addressing the topic after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently determined that some cloth face coverings may serve as source control while also providing the wearer with some personal protection. The FAQ states that OSHA does not believe enough information is currently available to determine if a particular cloth face covering provides sufficient protection from the coronavirus hazard to be personal protective equipment under OSHA’s standard. OSHA’s determination is consistent with statements made by the CDC, which has stated it needs more research on cloth facemasks’ protective effects, particularly on the combination of materials that maximize blocking and filtering effectiveness.

CISA Offers Tips for Online Holiday Shopping

As many turn to online shopping to score their Black Friday deals this week, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) notes that the holiday season is a prime time for hackers, scammers, and online thieves. Hackers will be looking to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers by searching for weaknesses in their devices or internet connections or attempting to extract personal and financial information through fake websites or charities. CISA has outlined a few simple steps to be more secure before and after online shopping, including checking your devices, only shopping through trusted sources, and using safe methods for purchase.

ICYMI: CDC Recommendations

for Celebrating Thanksgiving

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer. These include bringing your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils; wearing a mask, and safely storing your mask while eating and drinking; and using single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

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November 30: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

November 30, 2020

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CDC Updates FAQs about Older Adults and COVID-19

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How Have You Recognized Infrastructure Security Month?

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CDC Updates FAQs about Older Adults and COVID-19

The risk for severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Older adults are at particular risk of requiring hospitalization if they are diagnosed with COVID-19. Read more updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how adults over 65 can take extra precautions to protect themselves in the midst of the pandemic.

How Have You Recognized Infrastructure Security Month?

November marked the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) 2020 Infrastructure Security Month. As the nation responds to COVID-19, it is vital that as new or evolving challenges emerge, we are looking at what kind of access, personal protective equipment, and other resources workers need to continue performing essential duties in a safe and healthy way.

 

During Infrastructure Security Month, CISA asked every organization to:

  • Identify and prioritize the ability of essential works to work safely while supporting ongoing infrastructure operations across the nation;
  • Bring awareness to misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracies appearing online related to COVID-19, 5G, election security, or other infrastructure, functions, or threats;
  • Recognize the societal transformation of securing infrastructure and responding to disasters during a global pandemic; and
  • Understand the modernization of securing critical infrastructure as we defend today, secure tomorrow.

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December 2: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

December 2, 2020

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FMCSA Extends and Expands Modified Emergency Declaration

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DOT Preparing the Way for Swift COVID-19 Vaccine Transport

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CDC Updates Guidance for Long-Haul Truck Drivers

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FMCSA Extends and Expands

Modified Emergency Declaration

 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s Emergency Declaration which grants regulatory relief to commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of COVID-19 emergency relief efforts has been extended through February 28, 2021. This renewed Declaration has been expanded to now include the transportation of:

  1. Livestock and livestock feed;
  2. Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19;
  3. Vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention of COVID-19;
  4. Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants; and
  5. Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.

FMCSA notes that direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration. We encourage members to review the full terms of the Emergency Declaration.

DOT Preparing the Way for Swift

COVID-19 Vaccine Transport

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) yesterday announced that necessary regulatory measures have been taken for the safe, rapid transportation of the COVID-19 vaccine by both land and air. With the unprecedented pace of vaccine development through Operation Warp Speed, DOT has made preparations to enable the immediate mass shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine.

CDC Updates Guidance for Long-Haul Truck Drivers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided updates to its coronavirus-related recommendations for long-haul truck drivers. Beyond the basics for protecting oneself and others, the CDC explains that mental health and emotional well-being, important parts of worker safety and health, have been challenged by the pandemic. To address heightened stress, anxiety, or depression, the CDC recommends paying attention to these feelings in yourself and others and being aware of resources available to manage them.

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December 4: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

December 4, 2020

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How the CDC is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations

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TSA Response to COVID-19

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How the CDC is Making COVID-19

Vaccine Recommendations

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes or approves a COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will quickly hold a public meeting to review all available data about that vaccine and take a vote on whether to recommend the vaccine and, if so, who should receive it.

 

On December 1, ACIP made recommendations on who should be offered COVID-19 vaccination in the initial phase of the U.S. COVID-19 vaccination program while there is limited vaccine supply. ACIP voted that vaccination in the initial phase (Phase 1a) should be offered to both 1) healthcare personnel and 2) residents of long-term care facilities. ACIP will meet again after FDA has authorized or approved specific COVID-19 vaccines and will make recommendations for the use of individual vaccines at that time.

TSA Response to COVID-19

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues to adjust its security operations during the COVID-19 global pandemic. If you plan on traveling by air this holiday season, you will need a valid form of ID and a clear understanding of the new procedures to expect at the security checkpoint.

ICYMI: TCA Offers 12 COVID-Related

Webinar Recordings at No Charge

Since mid-March, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has made it a priority to provide our members with valuable resources during this unprecedented time.

 

In addition to daily briefings and our COVID-19 resources page, TCA hosted a dozen timely webinars about truckload-specific topics relating to the current pandemic such as:

  • Leadership’s Role in the New Freight Normal;
  • Financial Navigation in Uncertain Times;
  • Cyber & Fraud Securities for Today’s Climate;
  • Dealing with Balance and Empty Miles in Freight Profitability Analysis; and
  • Maintenance Procedures in Uncertain Times and more.

 

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December 7: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

December 7, 2020

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CDC Shortens Its COVID-19 Quarantine Recommendations

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Giving Wisely in the Time of COVID

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CDC Shortens Its COVID-19

Quarantine Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its guidelines for people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Now, instead of the standard 14-day quarantine it has been recommending, the CDC says that potential exposure warrants a quarantine of 10 or seven days, depending on one's test results and symptoms.

 

If individuals do not develop symptoms, they need only quarantine for 10 days; if they test negative, that period can be reduced to just one week.

Giving Wisely in the Time of COVID

Thanks to COVID-19, many charitable organizations are faced with greater demand for their services, but less in donations as people have less to give. Now, more than ever, it’s important to make sure that your donation will be used wisely and well. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided tips to keep in mind when considering new places to give donations.

ICYMI: What Long-Haul Truck Drivers

Need to Know about COVID-19

Have you seen the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for long-haul truck drivers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic? This recently updated guidance explains how drivers can keep themselves safe and what employers can do to maintain a healthy work environment.

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December 9: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

December 9, 2020

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FTC Issues Consumer Tips for Avoiding COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

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CDC Recommendations on Improving Indoor Ventilation

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ICYMI: CDC Updates FAQs about Older Adults and COVID-19

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FTC Issues Consumer Tips for

Avoiding COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Reports about the release of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the year are promising, but plans for distribution are still being worked out. While we wait for a timeline and more information, there’s no doubt scammers will be scheming. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a new blog post outlining what you need to know to avoid a vaccine-related scam.

CDC Recommendations on Improving Indoor Ventilation

COVID-19 particles spread between people more readily indoors than outdoors. When indoors, ventilation mitigation strategies help to offset the absence of natural wind and reduce the concentration of viral particles in the indoor air. Protective ventilation practices and interventions can reduce the airborne concentration, which reduces the overall viral dose to occupants.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided a list of ventilation interventions that can help reduce the concentration of virus particles in the air. They represent a list of “tools in the mitigation toolbox,” each of which can be effective on their own. Implementing multiple tools at the same time is consistent with CDC mitigation strategies and increases overall effectiveness. These ventilation interventions can reduce the risk of exposure to the virus and reduce the spread of disease, but the CDC notes they will not eliminate risk completely.

ICYMI: CDC Updates FAQs

about Older Adults and COVID-19

The risk for severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Older adults are at particular risk of requiring hospitalization if they are diagnosed with COVID-19. Read more updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how adults over 65 can take extra precautions to protect themselves in the midst of the pandemic.

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December 11: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

December 11, 2020

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Treasury, SBA Issue Updated PPP FAQ

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Sen. Rubio Details Historic Success of PPP

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FDA Advisers Recommend Authorization of Pfizer/BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine

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Treasury, SBA Issue Updated PPP FAQ

The U.S. Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA) have issued an updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans. The Agencies continue to provide additional guidance to borrowers and lenders concerning the implementation of the PPP, which was established by Section 1102 of the CARES Act. The document has been updated several times and will continue to be updated on a regular basis.

Sen. Rubio Details Historic Success of PPP

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, detailed the historic success of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in a CNBC op-ed and a detailed analysis posted on Medium. Yesterday, he convened a hearing titled, “Small Business in Crisis: The 2020 Paycheck Protection Program and its Future.” Sen. Rubio stated, “Across the United States, the PPP helped support up to 55 million jobs, including up to 4.5 million in manufacturing, with an average firm size of just 20 employees.”

FDA Advisers Recommend Authorization of Pfizer/BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine

Vaccine advisers to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted yesterday to recommend the agency grant emergency use authorization (EUA) to Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine. The FDA will now decide whether to accept the recommendation, but has signaled that it will issue the EUA for the vaccine.

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December 14: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

December 14, 2020

TCA has compiled the most frequently asked questions from its membership; click on a section below to skip to a specific topic:
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FAQ about COVID-19 Vaccination

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U.S. DOL’s OSHA Announces More Than $3M in Coronavirus Violations

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Mandatory Coronavirus Vaccine Policies: Considerations for Employers

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FAQ about COVID-19 Vaccination

The federal government, through Operation Warp Speed, has been working since the pandemic started to make one or more COVID-19 vaccines available as soon as possible. Although CDC does not have a role in developing COVID-19 vaccines, CDC has been working closely with health departments and partners to develop vaccination plans for when a vaccine is available. CDC is working with partners at all levels, including healthcare associations, on flexible COVID-19 vaccination programs that can accommodate different vaccines and scenarios.

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Announces

More Than $3M in Coronavirus Violations

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through December 3, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations arising from 263 inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $3,504,345.

Mandatory Coronavirus Vaccine Policies:

Considerations for Employers

In November, Pfizer, BioNtech, and Moderna all announced that they were applying to the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for an emergency use authorization for their COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) vaccine after concluding their Phase 3 clinical trials. If the authorizations are approved, the first injections of the vaccine could start in late December. Read key takeaways in this edition of TCA's Legal Comment.

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December 16: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

December 16, 2020

TCA has compiled the most frequently asked questions from its membership; click on a section below to skip to a specific topic:
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U.S. Borders with Canada, Mexico to Stay Closed Through at Least January 21

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OSHA Remains Focused on Keeping Workers Safe in 2020

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Employees: How to Cope with Job Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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U.S. Borders with Canada, Mexico to Stay Closed

Through at Least January 21

Due to the rise in COVID-19 coronavirus cases, the land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel through January 21, Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced. The borders have been closed since March, with DHS issuing month-to-month extensions. Despite the closure of land borders, U.S. citizens can still travel by air.

OSHA Remains Focused on

Keeping Workers Safe in 2020

This year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) used its authority through a combination of traditional practices and unique approaches to assure safe and healthful working conditions for America’s workers.

 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in October alone, 21.8 percent of employed persons teleworked because of the coronavirus, a number that reached 35 percent of employed persons in May. In FY 2020 (October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020), the agency conducted 21,674 inspections in response to worker complaints, injuries and fatalities, and referrals impacted by the coronavirus. OSHA received 20,541 complaints – including 9,189 coronavirus-related complaints – and investigated every complaint.

Employees: How to Cope with Job Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Whether you are going into work or working from home, the COVID-19 pandemic has probably changed the way you work. Fear and anxiety about this new disease and other strong emotions can be overwhelming, and workplace stress can lead to burnout. How you cope with these emotions and stress can affect your well-being, the well-being of the people you care about, your workplace, and your community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that during this pandemic, it is critical that you recognize what stress looks like, take steps to build your resilience and manage job stress, and know where to go if you need help.

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December 18: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

December 18, 2020

TCA has compiled the most frequently asked questions from its membership; click on a section below to skip to a specific topic:
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FMCSA Extends Waiver for CDL and CLP Holders

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Waiver Renewed for States and CLP Holders Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles

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CDC Recommendations for Winter Holidays

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FMCSA Extends Waiver for CDL and CLP Holders

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended its waiver to provide flexibility for drivers with expiring commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and commercial learner’s permits (CLPs). This waiver is effective January 1, 2021 and expires on February 28, 2021 or upon the revocation of the President’s Declaration of National Emergency. Other provisions from previous waivers are also extended, including from the requirements that:

  • CLP holders wait 14 days to take the CDL skills test;
  • CDL/CLP holders and non-CDL drivers have a medical examination and certification, provided that they have proof of a valid medical certification and any required medical variance that was issued for a period of 90 days or longer and that expired on or after September 1, 2020;
  • In order to maintain the medical certification status of “certified,” CDL/CLP holders provide the State Driver Licensing Agency (SDLA) with an original or copy of a subsequently issued medical examiner’s certificate and any required medical variance, provided they have proof of a valid medical certification or medical variance that expired on or after September 1, 2020;
  • The SDLA change the CDL or CLP holder’s medical certification status to “not certified” upon the expiration of the medical examiner’s certificate or medical variance, provided that they have proof of a valid medical certification or medical variance that expired on or after September 1, 2020;
  • The SDLA initiate a CDL or CLP downgrade upon the expiration of the medical examiner’s certificate or medical variance, provided that the CDL or CLP holders have proof of a valid medical certification or medical variance that expired on or after September 1, 2020; and
  • FMCSA continues to recognize the validity of commercial driver’s licenses issued by Canadian Provinces and Territories and Licencias Federales de Conductor issued by the United Mexican States, in accordance with 49 CFR part 383, when such jurisdictions issue a similar notice or declaration extending the validity date of the medical examination and certification and/or validity of the corresponding commercial driver’s license due to interruption to government service resulting from COVID-19.

Waiver Renewed for States and CLP Holders

Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles

FMCSA has again waived the requirement that a CLP holder be accompanied by a CDL holder, with the proper CDL class and endorsements, seated in the front seat of the vehicle while the CLP holder operates a CMV on public roads or highways. Under this waiver, a CLP holder may operate a CMV on public roads or highways without an accompanying CDL holder present in the front seat of the vehicle, provided that the CDL holder is elsewhere in the cab. The CLP holder must be in possession of evidence from the testing jurisdiction, including an authorized third-party tester, that the CLP holder has passed the CDL driving skills test, and, the CLP holder has a valid non-CDL driver’s license, CLP, and medical certificate, unless FMCSA’s waiver regarding expiring CDLs, CLPs and medical examiners’ certificates, effective on January 1, 2021, applies.

 

FMCSA has also waived the restriction that limits a state to administering a driving skills test to an out of state CDL applicant who has taken driver training in that state. Under the terms, conditions, and restrictions of this waiver, a state may elect to administer a driving skills test to any out of state CDL applicant, regardless of where the applicant received driver training. This waiver expires on February 28, 2021 or upon the revocation of the President’s Declaration of National Emergency

CDC Recommendations for Winter Holidays

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the safest way to celebrate winter holidays is at home with the people who live with you. Travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase your chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. If you do attend a winter holiday celebration, the CDC recommends talking with the host ahead of time to understand expectations for celebrating together, brining your own food and drinks, wearing a mask, and avoiding shouting or singing.

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December 21: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

December 21, 2020

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Waiver Extended for States Concerning Third-Party CDL Skills Test Examiners

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FMCSA Updates FAQ for SDLAs and Commercial Drivers Regarding the COVID-19 Emergency

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Who Gets the COVID-19 Vaccine Next?

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Waiver Extended for States Concerning

Third-Party CDL Skills Test Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended its waiver of the commercial driver’s license (CDL) knowledge test examiner training requirements in 49 CFR 384.228(b)-(c) for certain third-party CDL skills test examiners. This waiver allows state authorized third-party skills test examiners who have maintained a valid CDL test examiner certification and have previously completed a CDL skills test examiner training course that satisfies the requirements of 49 CFR 384.228(d) to administer the CDL knowledge test without completing a CDL knowledge test training course. This waiver expires on February 28, 2021 or upon the revocation of the President’s Declaration of National Emergency.

FMCSA Updates FAQ for SDLAs and

Commercial Drivers Regarding the COVID-19 Emergency

FMCSA has compiled a list of responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding actions State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) or commercial driver’s license holders may take during the national emergency related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency that are permissible under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).

 

This guidance document does not have the force and effect of law and is not meant to bind the public in any way. This guidance is intended only to provide clarity regarding existing requirements under the law.

Who Gets the COVID-19 Vaccine Next?

Vaccine advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended that older adults, ages 75 and older, and "frontline essential workers" including first responders be next in line to receive COVID-19 vaccines. The frontline essential workers in Phase 1b include first responders, people in the education sector, those who work in food and agriculture, those in manufacturing, corrections workers, US postal service workers, public transit workers and grocery store workers.

 

The category of other essential workers in Phase 1c includes people in transportation and logistics, food service, construction and shelter and housing, finance, IT and communication, the energy sector, the media, the legal sector, public safety and water and wastewater industries. The advisory committee's recommendations for Phase 1b and 1c go to the CDC next for final acceptance.

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December 23: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

December 23, 2020

Note: In observance of Christmas, TCA will not produce a COVID brief Friday.