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Posted at 10:01 AM, Oct 21, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The United States Postal Service has provided an update on the number of employees who have tested positive in the Las Vegas area.

According to USPS, they’ve had 150 confirmed cases in Las Vegas out of more than 2,551 employees over an 8-month period.

Currently, they have 10 employees who are currently not working because of a positive COVID-19 status.

The USPS did not specify where the positive employees worked or give any other information.

13 Action News reported on Oct. 12 that 17 employees who work in the Las Vegas processing center had tested positive since Sept. 26.

The USPS sent this statement at that time:

COVID-19 continues to have a presence across the nation, including at our Las Vegas Processing Center. We believe the risk is low for employees who work at our processing center, but we will keep our employees apprised as new information and guidance becomes available.

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 any employees who test 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).

  • We’re reinforcing workplace behaviors to ensure that contact among our employees and with our customers reflects the best guidance regarding healthy interactions, social distancing, and risk minimization.
  • We have implemented measures at retail facilities and mail processing facilities to ensure appropriate social distancing, including through signage, floor tape, and “cough/sneeze” barriers. We have changed delivery procedures to eliminate the requirement that customers sign our Mobile Delivery Devices for delivery. For increased safety, employees will politely ask the customer to step back a safe distance or close the screen door/door so that they may leave the item in the mail receptacle or appropriate location by the customer door.
  • Requiring that non-public facing Postal Service employees wear face coverings while at work, when proper social distancing cannot be achieved or maintained.
  • In the local and state jurisdictions where there is an ordinance for the mandatory use of face coverings, we are voluntarily aligning by requiring that our public-facing Postal Service employees use face coverings.
  • Requesting customers use face coverings while in our retail facilities located in jurisdictions that have implemented orders requiring use of face coverings by individuals within those jurisdictions.
  • We have updated our cleaning policies to ensure that all cleaning occurs in a manner consistent with CDC guidance relating to this pandemic.