MECHANIVSVILLE, Md. – The U.S. Post Office addressed concerns about COVID stopping mail delivery from the Mechanicsville Post Office.

A post making the rounds on social media read:

“I mailed items to someone in St Mary’s County in the 20659 area code…

They questioned why they had not been getting any mail or packages
and were told that no mail in or out of the 20659 Mechanicsville post
office. They were informed that the person sorting and the three carriers have
tested positive for COVID and it’s affected the other carriers…
People have ordered Christmas presents and also through Amazon and
other online shopping.

The post office personnel is keeping it quite (sic)…says there is nothing to
worry about it’s a very low possibility that it could be transmitted…but
then stated that the mail won’t go out for 2 weeks …

Why are the ultra violet lights not being used on all mail and packages…
what about the Leonardtown post office ? Does the mail goes through
there as the central station …?
Does Amazon know….?
Does the post master know?

TheBayNet reached out to the Post Office for an official statement. Spokesperson Felica Lott said, “The U.S. Postal Service has learned that one employee at the Mechanicsville Post Office tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

We believe the risk is low for employees who work at the Mechanicsville Post Office but we will keep our employees apprised as new information and guidance becomes available. 

As you may know, under the Rehabilitation Act and the Privacy Act, specific employee medical information must be kept confidential and may only be shared in very limited circumstances. Therefore, the Postal Service cannot share the name of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19 or further specifics of his or her medical condition. 

The safety and well-being of our employees is our highest priority. To ensure the health of our employees, we are continuing to follow recommended guidance and strategies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

COVID-19 is transmitted by respiratory droplets, and according to the CDC, it’s unlikely for the virus to spread through mail. However, you can get COVID if you touch a surface with the virus on it and touch your face. 

They suggest thoroughly washing your hands after handling mail or packages and wiping down any surfaces where you put mail. Once you open mail or packages, throw out the envelopes or packing material immediately.