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USPS employee at Columbia Post Office tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 5:22 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 17:22:49-04

COLUMBIA, Md. — The U.S. Postal Service has confirmed that an employee at the Columbia Post Office has tested positive for COVID-19.

Freda Sauter, a spokesperson for USPS, sent WMAR-2 News the following statement:

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

We are following the guidance the local public health office provided. We believe the risk is low for employees who work at the Columbia 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).