Plymouth Postal worker tests positive for COVID-19

Employee is not believed to be a risk to employees, residents

A USPS mail carrier truck. (WDIV)

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – The U.S. Postal Service announced Friday an employee at the Plymouth Post Office tested positive for the COVID-19.

Update April 10, 3 p.m. -- Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 22,783; Death toll now at 1,281

According to authorities, the USPS is cooperating with local officials to follow municipal guidelines.

The USPS said the risk for employees is believed to be low.

Further details on the individual was not released.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through the mail and on packages.

Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge has said residents don’t need to take any special precautions with handling the mail.

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The USPS has said it will supplement the CDC’s cleaning guidelines with enhanced cleaning protocols.

Anyone who believes they might have coronavirus should follow the CDC guidelines. Michigan.gov has a list of resources available to those concerned about COVID-19.

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How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Click here for more guidelines from the CDC.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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