USPS reports postal employees’ deaths from coronavirus, ‘not immune’ to financial downturn

With the Postal Service now tracking the deaths of its employees from the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to a growing list of those who have tested positive for the virus, the agency is doing everything it can to continue normal operations — even in the most extraordinary circumstances.

The USPS Board of Governors held a moment of silence Wednesday for postal employees who have died of complications from COVID-19, the illness caused by the current strain of the virus.

Those include Rakkhon Kim, a 50-year old letter carrier in New York City, who died of complications from the virus last week, and Anthony Smith, a Detroit mail handler and the first mail handler, according to the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, who died from the coronavirus.

USPS spokesman Dave Partenheimer told Federal News Network that 230 postal employees have tested positive for COVID-19. While the Postal Service can confirm “some deaths,” the agency does not yet have a definitive number.

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