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Tyler Main Post Office employee tests positive for coronavirus

The statement said the postal service is in the process of reaching out to the local public health office and will follow the guidance they provide.
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TYLER, Texas — An employee at Tyler's main post office has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The U.S. Postal Service says they believe there is only a low risk for employees. Meanwhile, the postal service is working with local officials to follow any guidance officials set. 

No information about the patient will be released, under the Rehabilitation and Privacy Act.

You can read the full statement from the USPS below:

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

We are in the process of reaching 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 Tyler Main 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).

In addition, both the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html) and the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses) as well as the U.S. Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through the mail and packages.”