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COVID-19 information for drivers

 As of Sunday 3/22 we have information on only a fewsites accessible to a coupled semi truck that are prepared to do a COVID-19 test. We are working to get this information confirmed and available. Sorry but it’s a work in progress.

Continue to follow the CDC guidelines….

1) If you think you have COVID-19 review the CDC site for symptoms.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*: Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

CALL 9-1-1 Warn 9-1-1 that you have potential COVID-19 symptoms so First Responders can have PPE ready for themselves.

 If after reviewing the CDC site you still think you might have COVID-19.

 

2) Get a telemedicine consult with a medical provider.

 Either your own doctor at home, or telemedicine service like TelaDoc

 Coronavirus (COVID-19): We’re here for you | Teladoc

 or call any of the Urgent Care Travel Center sites which are truck stop based clinics who are set up for Covid-19

 https://urgentcaretravel.com/

  If the medical staff agrees, you may have COVID-19

 3) Decide… are you close enough to home to make it home before you get too sick to drive…

If YES… try to get home and use local resources. It’s best if possible to try to get home. You’ll need to stay wherever you’re tested for several days to wait for the results of the test. If the test is positive, you will be there at least 14 days or until you have 2 negative COVID-19 tests.

IF NO you are too far from home to safely make it home. You will have to use one of the sites on our list.

Check   Locations – TruckPark for now. Any Urgent Care Travel site

Think about… are there loved ones at home with health conditions that would make them extremely susceptible to COVID like on chemotherapy, chronic respiratory conditions like COPD or others discussed on the CDC website.

Will going home make things worse at home?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/index.html

 If YES.. consider self isolating in your truck where local medical staff can treat you without exposing your family.

 If you do self isolate… review the treating yourself at home information on the CDC site.

 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/caring-for-yourself-at-home.html

 4) If you do self-isolate in your truck. Set up a welfare check.

 Welfare check is someone who will call or check on you . If you don’t answer they will contact local enforcement to make a physical well being check on your truck.

 Welfare checks can be family or friends, your dispatcher, or another driver.

 On Facebook

 Truckers Helping Truckers Covid19 Resources and Buddy Watch

Is a group established to help match drivers needing welfare checks with other drivers.

 People doing welfare check should know and review

 If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*: Warn 9-1-1 that you have potential COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

If you self isolate your welfare check buddy needs to know EXACTLY where you are.

 We suggest….

 Using Google Maps share the location where you have parked.

  • In Google maps switch to satellite view and share a screen shot showing your location in the parking lot.
  • Give your truck make, model, license and carrier.
  • HIDE A KEY on the outside of the truck where your buddy knows its location.

 If your welfare check buddy doesn’t hear from you, they will use this information to contact local enforcement. The key is so they do not have to break a window to check on you.

 5) Stock up on supplies before you get too sick.

  •  Stay hydrated….. water, sports drinks
  • Plan on sanitation    consider a camp toilet
  • Research food deliveries

 6) If you self isolate in a motel. Call and check if they will let you stay with COVID-19 symptoms. We have had isolated reports of motels not letting anyone with COVID-19 symptoms check in out of concern for their staff.

 If self-isolating at a truck stop. Talk to the truck stop management. Some are setting up an envelope for each self-isolated driver with contact information, relative contact information and a key to the truck for emergency personell to access the truck if needed. Ask the fuel desk what they want.

 Good luck and stay safe