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Postal union warns mail slowdown could occur due to COVID-19 surge, lack of contact tracing

January 18, 2022
FILE PHOTO: A United States Postal Service (USPS) truck is seen in the rain in Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 13, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly


DETROIT (WXYZ) — Mail delivery for metro Detroiters has been getting back to normal after major delays at the start of the pandemic but now, some postal workers are warning another possible slowdown could occur.

The reason? They say postal employees aren’t being told when their coworkers are testing positive for COVID-19, allowing the virus to spread inside their facilities.

“We’re really having a problem with the surge,” said Keith Combs, president of the American Postal Workers Union Detroit Area Local.

Combs says postal workers are getting sick in record numbers, but often because they’re not told if they were in close contact with a co-worker who tested positive for COVID-19.

“I’m getting way too many calls where people are saying they have worked with a person they didn’t know was positive, but the person is off for a number of days, and then they get sick. But no one told them,” Combs said.

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