The following is a communication from Averitt Express:
In Terms of Potential Impact On Service
- Averitt is maintaining delivery services except where limited by government restrictions
- Any changes to operations will be communicated to impacted customers and updated on our website
Regarding packaging and imported cargo
According to the CDC, two other coronaviruses have emerged previously causing severe illness in people (MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV). While the CDC has not indicated for sure that this virus will behave the same way as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, they have pointed to the information gained from both earlier coronaviruses for guidance.
Because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, the CDC has confirmed there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Again, according to CDC, there is currently no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods. None of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States have been associated with imported goods.
Averitt Is Continuously Monitoring & Adapting
Averitt continues to monitor this situation and hopes to have more definitive information as the situation develops. For additional information, the CDC has set up a website (Coronavirus Disease 2019, available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html) to provide information as it becomes available.
We value our Customers, our Associates, and our Future. We are communicating precautions and awareness to our internal associates and will continue to communicate with you as the situation develops.