Postal Service endures financial woes as Dallas clerks, carriers worry about their health on the job

In the Postal Service’s Dallas District, which encompasses cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and stretches into East Texas, nearly 30 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday, according to union leaders who said they get daily updates in teleconferences with USPS leadership.

No deaths have been reported in the Dallas District. But across the county, at least 44 postal workers have died of COVID-19, according to the American Postal Workers Union.

A spokeswoman for the Postal Service did not respond to questions about mail volume and reported COVID-19 cases among Dallas district employees. But she said in a written statement that the USPS is distributing millions of masks, gloves and cleaning and sanitizing products to its workers and is taking steps to ensure social distancing between workers and customers.

As postal workers deal with questions about their own safety, the coronavirus has added to the Postal Service’s financial struggles. Earlier this month, Postmaster General Megan Brennan said the Postal Service would “run out of cash” in September without aid, according to ABC News.


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