Mail Handlers and postal workers from around the country continue to courageously perform essential federal service under the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
When I last reported to you regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 8, 2020, there were 436 postal workers who were confirmed to be COVID-19 positive and 400 employees presumed to be positive for a total of 836 infected employees. The latest numbers (as of April 28, 2020) show 1,234 postal workers who have tested positive and 847 employees who have been presumed to be positive for a total of 2,081 infected employees. The number of Mail Handlers who tested positive is 142. Unfortunately, 46 postal workers have died as a result of COVID-19, including 3 Mail Handlers, although it is uncertain if all of these employees were exposed at their postal employment. These numbers will certainly continue to rise as the impact of the coronavirus has not yet reached its peak.
NPMHU representatives continue to meet on a regular basis with their counterparts in postal management to discuss the Postal Service’s response to the outbreak of the virus and to ensure that the proper protocols are in place during ever-changing circumstances. Postal management has stated that they will continue to follow the guidance of the “health experts” such as CDC and HHS. The Postal Service has put several protocols in place regarding the pandemic: It is vitally important that ALL postal workers follow these protocols. Complying with these protocols will protect yourself as well as your co-workers.