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More TSA employees at McCarran Airport test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 10:15 PM, Dec 09, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — As people continue to travel for the holidays COVID-19 cases are on the rise at McCarran International Airport.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 101 TSA employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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97 of those are TSA screening officers.

The most recent case was reported two days ago.

Airport officials say these cases have not impacted security wait times or operations.

The TSA is following CDC guidance to protect not only their workforce at airports nationwide — but also those traveling.

Now if an employee does test positive, TSA does contact tracing to not infect other employees — they will also deep clean security checkpoints or wherever that infected employee was working.

November was a busy month for travel, as TSA says nearly 1.2 million Americans traveled by plane on Nov. 29, right after thanksgiving. That was the highest daily number since the middle of March.

When it comes to individual airports and the number of employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 — that is public information and can be accessed on TSA's website. That info is available so travelers can determine their own risk if they choose to fly.