SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Another Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening officer at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19.
This brings the total number of screening officers who have tested positive to two.
The TSA learned of the airport’s second virus case on Monday, according to a spokesman. The officer last worked on Tuesday, June 30, from 8 a.m. to noon in the checkpoint and baggage area.
News 3 is told that the first officer who tested positive returned to work on Friday. They had been off of work since Wednesday, June 17.
Overall, TSA has had 962 federal employees test positive for COVID-19. More than 600 employees have recovered.
Six employees have now died from the virus, as well as one screening contractor.
CORRECTION: WSAV reported on Saturday that a total of three officers had tested positive for the virus, based on the TSA’s online report. A spokesman explained that was an input error.
Original story, posted on June 25, below.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening officer at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19.
TSA reports the officer last worked on Wednesday, June 17, at the passenger checkpoint.
A spokesperson for the agency says the airport has disinfected both passenger and checked baggage locations, as well as the third-floor admin area.
News 3 is told the officer is expected back on the job Monday, July 6.
Overall, TSA reports 763 federal employees have tested positive for the virus and 552 have recovered.
Five employees have died from COVID-19, along with one screening contractor.
John F. Kennedy International in New York has seen the highest number of positive cases with 116 total — 109 of which are screening officers.
Closer to home, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International reports 24 employees have tested positive for the virus. Twenty-three are screening officers.
Florida’s Jacksonville International reports three screening officers with positive COVID-19 cases.
To combat the spread of the virus, TSA has implemented certain safety measures, including wearing masks, practicing social distancing, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and reducing security lane usage.