CORONAVIRUS

TSA Agent At Salt Lake International Airport Tests Positive For COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020, 2:00 PM | Updated: 2:25 pm

FILE (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)...

FILE (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A TSA agent who works at the Salt Lake International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson for the Transpiration Security Administration confirmed.

According to a statement from the TSA, the officer worked in the security checkpoint at Terminal 1. The individual worked an assigned shift of 4 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and was last at work on March 24.

“If someone thinks they are at risk or are concerned about their health, they are asked to reach out to their medical provider to assess their risk and determine next steps,” according to the statement.

The TSA has created a list of airports, locations and shifts where screening officers have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Go to tsa.gov/coronavirus for more information.

“This information is posted so we can be transparent with the traveling public,” according to the TSA statement. “Due to health and privacy concerns, TSA is unable to provide any additional information about our employee.” 


Coronavirus Resources 

How Do I Prevent It?  

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:  

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick  
  • Avoid touching your face  
  • Stay home when you are sick  
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash  
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.  
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  

The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.  

How To Get Help  

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth service through your healthcare providers.   

Additional Resources  

If  you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov. 

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TSA Agent At Salt Lake International Airport Tests Positive For COVID-19