COVID-19 outbreaks have reportedly infected employees at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Southern California.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, citing data and officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, at least 400 cases have been reported among the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), American Airlines and Southwest Airlines employees.
The majority of those who have tested positive since early June have been TSA employees, the newspaper said.
However, a TSA official told FOX Business that while the department no longer releases its infection data – because it is consistent with community spread patterns – the airport’s infection rate is inaccurately reported about seven times higher than what is being seen. Currently there. .
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The numbers used by the county health department were provided by local officials from the Transportation Security Administration at the travel center, the newspaper said.
That data includes cases where the patient has since recovered from the virus.
The newspaper said Southwest Airlines workers had seen 28 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Terminal 1 at the airport and that American Airlines had seen more than 150 cases there.
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“LA County continues to show a high rate of community-wide transmission of COVID-19, and we are seeing COVID cases within our LAX employee workgroups,” Southwest Airlines told FOX Business in a statement. “We continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines and don’t see a significant impact on our LAX operations.”
American Airlines said the numbers reported by the Department of Public Health there reflect all positive COVID-19 test results of its team members at the airport since May 6, 2022, including those who have since returned to work.
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“America has approximately 7,000 employees at LAX; positive test results represent about 2% of our total workforce,” noting that team members work from several other terminals as well as maintenance and shipping facilities.
“The safety of our customers and team members is our top priority. We have been in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Los Angeles County public health officials throughout the pandemic and will continue to coordinate with them on all required health and safety measures.”
LAX spokeswoman Victoria Spilapout told The Times that operations at the airport were still operating as expected.