More than two dozen Transportation Security Administration workers from airports across the U.S. have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
On Tuesday, TSA began reporting the confirmed cases of COVID-19 from only the past 14 days. As of Tuesday, 32 TSA employees had tested positive, including 25 screening officers and seven others who have limited interaction with the traveling public. That total has nearly tripled in the past week.
As is the case with America in general, the New York area represented the highest concentration of confirmed cases among TSA officers, with five at JFK International, four at Newark Liberty International and one at LaGuardia.
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The first TSA case was confirmed at the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport in late February.
“During the course of the past two weeks, the Transportation Security Administration has seen its dedicated workforce hit by COVID-19, both in the increasing number of confirmed cases and the growing number of individuals who have been exposed to the virus and are quarantining at home,” the agency said in a statement on its website.
“TSA leadership remains committed to being transparent in providing the public with information regarding the status of our employees while respecting their privacy to enable travelers to make sound personal decisions about any steps that they may want to take for their health and well-being as they pass through the security screening process.”
As of Tuesday, 15 airports had confirmed cases:
- John F. Kennedy International (JFK in New York): 5
- Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International (SJC in San Jose, California): 5
- Orlando International (MCO in Orlando, Florida): 5
- Newark Liberty International (EWR in Newark, New Jersey): 4
- Atlanta Hartsfield International (ATL in Atlanta): 2
- Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL in Fort Lauderdale, Florida): 2
- Washington Dulles International (IAD in Dulles, Virginia): 2
- LaGuardia (LGA in New York): 1
- Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE in Cleveland): 1
- Cyril E. King International (STT in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands): 1
- Indianapolis International (IND in Indiana): 1
- Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS in Nevada): 1
- Nashville International Airport (BNA in Tennessee): 1
- Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA in Washington): 1
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