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March 18, 2020 1:00 PM, EDT

UPS Helping With Coronavirus Testing Sites

UPS CEO David AbneyUPS CEO David Abney by Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg News

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UPS Inc. is joining a Trump administration effort to bring mobile coronavirus testing to several U.S. cities, the company announced March 16.

The global logistics and package delivery company said the White House has asked for its assistance with its Rapid-Response Taskforce for Coronavirus Testing Sites initiative, through which UPS said it will support the opening and regular operations of drive-up testing sites.

The White House included drive-up test sites part of its coronavirus response in an informational bulletin March 13. The administration said it is working with the private sector to open up drive-through testing sites in critical areas impacted by the outbreak.

“UPS is proud to provide logistics and transportation support to assist with the Administration’s special Coronavirus multicity testing program,” UPS Chairman David Abney said in a statement. “We stand ready to assist to help keep our communities safe. We are mobilizing our air and ground network planning and operations teams, and we are prepared to fully support this urgent testing program.”

UPS already has been playing an active role in combating the outbreak, being among the first companies to provide air cargo shipments of face masks and other personal protective equipment in China.

“We know our customers rely on UPS to maintain the flow of goods throughout their supply chains,” Abney added. “We are committed to rapidly adjusting our processes to ensure our employees, customers and communities can maintain normal daily life to the greatest extent possible while we adjust to the new realities of this pandemic.”

UPS ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America and No. 2 on the TT Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies.

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