UPS employee dies of COVID-19 infection in Kentucky
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[April 07, 2020]
By Lisa Baertlein
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A United Parcel
Service Inc worker employed in Kentucky died over the weekend from a
COVID-19 infection, Gov. Andy Beshear said at a public health briefing
UPS separately said that a "valued member of our management team" at its
Worldport global shipping hub in Louisville, Kentucky, had died. UPS
declined to give the man's cause of death, citing medical privacy laws.
UPS employs roughly 20,000 workers in the Louisville area - mainly at
Worldport, which is central to the U.S. government's effort to rush in
medical supplies for healthcare workers.
Worldport employees told Reuters and Louisville television station WDRB,
which was first to confirm the Worldport death, that they believed the
supervisor who died on Saturday had contracted COVID-19.
Employees, who declined to be named for fear of retribution, told
Reuters that UPS is not disclosing how many of their co-workers have
fallen ill after being exposed to the novel coronavirus that has killed
more than 10,000 people in the United States.
Other large employers - including GE Appliance, Amazon and Ford Motor Co
- have briefed workers on COVID-19 cases in their facilities without
revealing the names of affected individuals.
Atlanta-based UPS last week said it is working with President Donald
Trump's Coronavirus Taskforce, the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) and state agencies to distribute test kits, protective equipment
like N95 masks, and medical devices such as respirators.
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The company logo for United Parcel Service (UPS), is displayed on a
screen at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S.,
October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
FEMA is using UPS's 5.2 million-square-foot Worldport facility for
temporary staging of shipments from overseas as part of a
public-private partnership that the Trump Administration has named
Worldport is UPS' largest air hub - with more than 300 inbound and
outbound flights daily. The hub processes roughly 2 million packages
(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles; Editing by Michael
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