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. The American public, especially rural America, has come to depend on the Post Office and Mail Handlers for delivery of prescription drugs, social security and pension checks, election ballots, e-commerce and other items of critical importance. All postal workers have stepped up and provided the needed services. However, Mail Handlers deserve to be provided with the protections that they need in order to do their jobs as safely as possible.
When I last reported to you regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 2, 2020, there were 269 postal workers who were confirmed to be COVID-19 positive and 241 employees presumed to be positive for a total of 510 infected employees. The latest numbers (as of April 8, 2020) show 436 postal workers who have tested positive and 400 employees who have been presumed to be positive for a total of 836 infected employees. That number will certainly continue to rise as projections are that the impact of the coronavirus is not expected to peak until the next few weeks.
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. NPMHU representatives insist that all Mail Handlers be provided with the personal protective equipment that they need and well as ensuring that the proper protocols are in place to minimize their exposure to the COVID-19 virus.