As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spreads throughout the United States, a total of five Transportation Security Administration agents at Orlando International Airport (MCO) have now tested positive.
As we’ve learned from Click Orlando, TSA officials revealed that the additional positive case was confirmed today, bringing the number of agents at the airport that have tested positive up to five. The first case was announced last weekend. Just yesterday, it was announced that a fourth agent had tested positive. This most recent agent was working as a screening officer at the West Checkpoint at MCO. Their last day of work was March 12. The officer marks the fourth at MCO to test positive for COVID-19 while working at the West Checkpoint.
From the TSA:
“TSA confirms that a fifth Transportation Security Officer who works at Orlando International Airport has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The officer is resting at home and all TSA employees who have come in contact with the individual over the past 14 days have been informed to self-quarantine at home,” TSA said in a statement. “Screening checkpoints remain open and the agency is working with the CDC, as well as the Orange County Public Health Department to monitor the situation as well as the health and safety of all of our employees and the traveling public. We will update as more information becomes available.”
The airport and security checkpoints remain open as of the writing of this article, and the TSA stated that the are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Orange County Department of Health to “monitor the situation.” A map is available with locations of TSA agents confirmed with positive cases of COVID-19. There are now 25 TSA screening officers who have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, five non-screening employees who have relatively limited interaction with the traveling public, have also tested positive.
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