USPS still battling perfect storm of mail volume

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The record-shattering number of letters and packages the postal service has been trying to process is only one reason for a delay in mail delivery.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 100 postal workers across the country have died from the coronavirus.

Officials from the Postal Workers Union say, just last week, 18,750 postal workers were under quarantine because they were either diagnosed with COVID-19 or exposed to it.

Nick Casselli, president of the local union chapter, says the Philadelphia-area is no exception.

He says several positive cases are being diagnosed and reported every day.

“When you come to work and your co-worker comes up positive with coronavirus as dangerous as it is, and how harmful it is. It’s scary to come to work,” Casselli said.

The Postal Service was already dealing with a backlog in November after prioritizing the avalanche of mail-in ballots leading up this year’s election.

A result is an untold number of people still waiting for the arrival of their holiday packages nearly a week after Christmas.


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