The coronavirus crisis is causing significant delays to mail deliveries in parts of the Bronx, with the Kingsbridge branch among those hit hard by USPS staff shortages, Bronx Justice News has learned.
The federal agency has struggled to keep pace with mail volume amid New York City’s COVID-19 outbreak, with multiple postal workers becoming infected and one Bronx mail carrier having succumbed to the disease.
Half the local USPS workforce in Kingsbridge , or more, has been absent each day amid the crisis, as staffers deal with quarantine and health care issues, child and elder care, pre-scheduled holiday time off, and other challenges, a USPS spokeswoman said.
Some local neighborhoods are not getting daily USPS deliveries, and it is not clear when staffing or mail assignments will return to pre-outbreak levels.
“We are an essential business, but our employees are still your neighbors, and as such they experience the same stressors and pressures” from the coronavirus outbreak, spokeswoman Maureen Marion told Bronx Justice News Thursday.