Postal union fears Pontiac mail center may be a ‘hot spot’ for spreading coronavirus

The president of an American Postal Workers Union local said Friday that he — and his members — believe an Oakland County mail facility may have contributed to COVID-19’s spread.

“My concern is that we may be a hot spot of infection,” said Roscoe Woods, who heads the APWU 480-481 Area Local. “People are consistently reporting to that facility, and every day I’m getting calls where people are saying my doctor’s taking me off work because they are exhibiting coronavirus symptoms.”

Woods said two metro Detroit workers, one of whom was in the facility, have died.

“We are very concerned about the employees there,” Bill Mullan, a spokesman for Oakland County, added.

Mullan could not confirm a death or whether the center, known as the Metroplex, was a hot spot. But he said that for a week, the county “has been reaching out, but have not successfully reached someone at that facility.”


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