50 TSA screening officers and 19 more employees test positive for coronavirus

50 TSA screening officers and 19 more employees test positive for coronavirus

Fifty TSA screening officers and 19 additional TSA employees across the United States have tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks, the agency announced.

As of Sunday, those officers represented 18 airports in 14 states across the nation. The 19 additional employees were not involved in the passenger screening process and "have relatively limited interaction with the traveling public."

"TSA understands that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is on the minds of travelers and the general public," an announcement on the Department of Homeland Security website reads. "We have established a map for the purpose of notifying the public about airports where TSA officers have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. CDC recommends that post-exposure health management measures for asymptomatic exposed individuals continue until 14 days after the last potential exposure."

New York and New Jersey continue to have the highest number of positive tests: New York with 21 and New Jersey with five. The first TSA case was confirmed at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport in late February.

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The 18 airports affected in the last two weeks:

John F. Kennedy International (JFK in New York): 19Newark Liberty International (EWR in Newark, New Jersey): 5Miami International (MIA in Miami): 3Nashville International (BNA in Nashville): 3Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY in New Orleans): 2Seattle/Tacoma International (SEA in Seattle): 2Orlando International (MCO in Orlando, Florida): 2Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL in Atlanta): 2Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW in Dallas): 1LaGuardia (LGA in New York): 1Long Island MacArthur (ISP in Ronkonkoma, New York): 1Indianapolis International (IND in Indianapolis, Indiana): 1Salt Lake City International (SLC in Salt Lake City, Utah): 1Montrose Regional (MTJ in Montrose, Colorado): 1Louisville International (SDF in Louisville, Kentucky): 1Detroit Metro Wayne County (DTW in Detroit): 1Boise Air Terminal (BOI in Boise, Idaho): 1Walla Walla Regional (ALW in Walla Walla, Washington): 1

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2020/03/29/coronavirus-50-tsa-officers-and-19-employees-test-positive/2935337001/

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