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Virginia Beach post office employee tests positive for COVID-19, USPS confirms

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Posted at 4:41 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 17:18:26-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - An employee at the Witchduck Post Office in Virginia Beach tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service confirmed to News 3 Wednesday.

Officials believe the risk for contracting the virus is low for other employees who work at the post office, but they will keep employees informed as new information becomes available.

Due to the Rehabilitation Act and the Privacy Act, USPS cannot share the name of the employee who tested positive or elaborate on the employee's medical condition.

The spokesperson said the agency is continuing to follow recommended guidance and strategies from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. Postal Service has learned that an employee at the Witchduck Post Office tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

We will reach out to the local public health office and will follow the guidance they provide. We believe the risk is low for employees who work at the Witchduck Post Office but we will keep our employees apprised as new information and guidance becomes available.

As you may know, under the Rehabilitation Act and the Privacy Act, specific employee medical information must be kept confidential and may only be shared in very limited circumstances. Therefore, the Postal Service cannot share the name of the employee who tested positive for COVID-19 or further specifics of his or her medical condition.

The safety and well-being of our employees is our highest priority. To ensure the health of our employees, we are continuing to follow recommended guidance and strategies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC states there is still a lot that is unknown about COVID-19 and how the virus spreads. Coronaviruses are thought to be spread primarily through air-borne respiratory droplets resulting from a sneeze, cough or ordinary speech. Although the virus can survive for a short period of time on some surfaces, both CDC and the United States Surgeon General have indicated that it is unlikely to be spread from domestic or international mail, products or packaging.
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