U.S. Postal Service, Denver health department still at odds over if distribution center had COVID-19 outbreak

Two weeks after Denver officials attempted to shut down a mail distribution center, the local health department and the U.S. Postal Service are still at odds about whether the facility ever had a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment sent a letter to the postal service on May 20, ordering it to close a large distribution center at 7550 E. 53rd Place for disinfecting.

USPS refused to comply with the order, saying the city hadn’t taken the facility’s efforts to prevent the new virus’ spread into account.

Denver health officials argued that USPS had refused to allow its inspectors access to ensure the facility was safe, forcing them to order its closure. USPS countered that inspectors would have been allowed in if they’d scheduled a visit.


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