How is OSU handling mail and packages delivered to the university during its response to COVID-19?

OSU Printing and Mailing Services is taking appropriate precautions by discontinuing Corvallis campus delivery of mail and having employees who perform critical on-site work practice social distancing measures and follow public health guidelines.

Meanwhile, OSU is taking guidance from the U.S. Postal Service statement on precautions with mail reads:

“Importantly, the CDC, the World Health Organization, as well as the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.

According to the CDC, “In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, 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. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.”

According to the World Health Organization, “The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and been exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.”

Last Modified: 
April 6, 2020