COVID-19 News

COVID-19 Masks – Interactive Tool

Washington State DOT has made available an interactive tool to assist in choosing the correct type of mask for the circumstances being experienced and the task(s) being performed. The tool also contains lists of Resources and Definitions and Descriptions.

Access the Mask Interactive Tool

New Airflow Videos Show Why Masks With Exhalation Valves Do Not Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Many people wear masks in public to slow the spread of COVID-19, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, masks with exhalation valves do not slow the spread of the disease, and now, new videos from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) show why.

The videos, which show airflow patterns through masks with and without exhalation valves, were created by NIST research engineer Matthew Staymates. The videos were published, along with an accompanying research article, in the journal “Physics of Fluids“.

View the New Videos

Shop Safety in the Covid-19 Era

Covid-19’s impact on the construction industry has forced businesses into taking unprecedented measures to protect their employees.

Although mainstream efforts such as social distancing and wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) are important, managers are finding that additional actions are necessary, such as daily health checks and disinfection.

Review Steps Being Taken by Kokosing Construction

COVID-19 Face Coverings

Connecticut DOT has issued a draft safety directive (SD-6) on the definition and use of face coverings to prevent / minimize risk of COVID-19 virus infection.

Read COVID-19 SD-6 Face Coverings (.pdf)

Use of Vehicle Interior Sanitizer

Connecticut DOT shares a short 3-minute video showing how to sanitize the interior of a vehicle using a commercially available interior car surface sanitizer.

View the Video

Ford’s Latest Technology Helps Neutralize Covid-19 in Police Vehicles

Ford has designed a new heat-based technique to help reduce the footprint of the COVID-19 virus by baking a vehicle’s interior until viruses inside are inactivated. The vehicle’s own power-train and climate control systems enable vehicles to elevate passenger compartment temperatures beyond 133 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than Death Valley on its hottest day, for 15 minutes — long enough to help disinfect vehicle’s touch-points.

Read about Ford’s Technique

COVID-19 Fleet Response: Shop Safety, Driver Guidance, Prioritizing Vehicles

The COVID-19 virus has continued to spread, and fleet organizations across the nation are reacting.

Read how a few public fleet organizations are handling the crisis

Motorola Cleaning Recommendations

Motorola has published recommendations for cleaning radios, cameras, and accessories in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Read the Motorola Recommendations”

COVID-19 Protection for Transit Workers

Transit worker unions (TWU) and (ATU) are concerned for the health of their members during the COVID-19 Pandemic and are strongly pressing transit agencies and operators to provide more robust protection.

Read the Article in “Traffic & Transit”

Coronavirus Longevity on Various Surfaces

“Business Insider” has published information on the longevity of the Coronavirus on various surfaces and other related useful information.

Access the Coronavirus Longevity Information

COVID-19 General Resources

Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Role in COVID-19

County Declarations and Policies in Response to COVID-19

National COVID-19 Medical Equipment Clearinghouse

Periscope / BidSync Efforts to Coordinate Emergency Suppliers

NCCETC & 100 Best Fleets Round Table: Maintaining Fleet Safety & Service Levels [2020-03-19]

North Carolina State University recently conducted a Round Table — Two-Way Exchange on maintaining fleet safety and service levels during the COVID-19 crisis. The proceedings are approximately one hour long.

View the Round Table and Presentations

CA Fleet Vehicle / Equipment Disinfecting

CA Touch Point Surface Disinfecting

CA Shop 7 Employee Social Distancing Plan

CA Shop 8 Employee Social Distancing Plan

CO Disinfecting Fleet Vehicles

CO Maintenance Patrol Preparedness and Response Plan

CO Vehicle Cleaning Procedure

LA Central Repair Shop Modified Procedures

LA Questions and Answers

MA Field Safety & COVID-19 Protection Protocols

MI Fleet Maintenance Garage COVID-19 Field Operations Guidance

MT Montana DOT Best Practices for COVID-19

OR COVID-19 Best Management Practices for Staff

OR COVID-19 Best Management Practices for Staff

PA COVID-19 Entering PennDOT Facilities

PA Guidance for Cleaning Vehicles

PA Questions and Answers

WA 2020 Equipment Shop Safety Protocols / Return to Work Guidelines

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