USPS defies order to close Denver plant after employees test positive

DENVER — The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) has ordered the closure of a mail facility that handles all mail for Colorado and Wyoming.

The public health order was issued on Thursday to the United States Postal Service (USPS) Processing and Distributing Center at 7550 E. 53rd Place in Denver, following an investigation the day prior.

The state of Colorado has confirmed five employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility that employs 1,800.

“The challenge that we’re facing right now is we don’t have a great connection with local contacts for USPS, and so we’re not able to collect all the information that we need, and so in a situation like that we would temporarily close the facility until we are able to get all the information and implement controls that we need to,” said Danica Lee, Director of Public Health Inspections with DDPHE.

She said it’s likely there are more than the five reported cases of COVID-19 at the facility, but the city can’t be sure without cooperation.

USPS spokesperson David Rupert tells 9NEWS that they have been in conversations with the city in hopes of reaching a resolution, but he feels certain the city will not shut down the distribution center.

As of Thursday night, Rupert said the facility is running and there will be no mail delays.

Source: Denver orders closure of facility that handles all mail for Colorado and Wyoming | 9news.com