WASHINGTON — Despite at least one confirmed case of coronavirus among its D.C. workers, the U.S. Postal Service is not providing enough personal protective supplies to keep its staff safe, one employee says.
“I have a mask, gloves — I got them myself,” D.C. mail carrier Sheldon Curtis, who works a route in Southeast Washington, said. “I got wipes. I got Lysol wipes. Everybody got their stuff by themselves.”
“The Postal Service has a sufficient supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) available,” USPS spokesman Michael Hotovy said in a statement provided to WUSA9.
WUSA9 asked Hotovy through an exchange of emails about Curtis’ claim that USPS is not providing adequate gear, like masks and hand sanitizer.
“We are encouraging healthy behaviors and protocols including frequent hand washing, use of sanitizers, and additional cleaning of work spaces, and are encouraging any employee who feels they are sick to stay home,” Hotovy’s statement read.