More Than 10K TSA Workers Contracted COVID-19 Since Pandemic Began

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TSA recently released data showing more than 10,000 federal employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic broke out in early 2020.

More than 10,000 of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, per KMGH-TV

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TSA announced Monday that 10,142 federal employees have tested positive for the virus, with 9,571 having recovered. More than four out of every five positive employees worked at airport security checkpoints. 

According to the agency, 26 workers have died following complications from the virus. 

Data shows COVID-19 was contracted by 260 TSA workers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, 173 at Boston Logan, 303 at Dallas/Ft. Worth and 335 at Newark Liberty International. 

TSA stated last week it will increase the range of civil fines that can be imposed on anyone who violates the federal mask mandate at airports, which went into force in February and will last until January 2022. Passengers on commercial aircraft and numerous means of land transportation, including trains, intercity bus services, and other public transportation, are subject to the mandate. 

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“Wearing a mask protects the traveling public and all of the personnel who make the travel experience safe, secure, and comfortable,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “We will continue to enforce the mask mandate as long as necessary to protect public health and safety.” 

A total of 72% of the 65% of TSA employees who answered to an ongoing agency-wide survey said they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, per CNN.

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