3 TSA workers at Miami airport test positive for coronavirus

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Passengers at TSA control check-in at Miami International Airport (MIA) where a travel advisory from Homeland Security about safety and security conditions in Venezuela is viewed on a sign on March 7, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images)

Three Transportation Security Administration screening officers at Miami International Airport have tested positive for the coronavirus, federal officials said.

The agents, who based at checkpoints D3, F and H, last reported to work on March 16, 20 and 22 respectively. It is unclear if coworkers who had contact with the agents that tested positive for COVID-19 were told to stay home as well.

MIA airport spokesman Gregory Chin told the Miami Herald that the work areas were immediately deep cleaned.

“The Miami-Dade Aviation Department was notified by the TSA each day that they were made aware of a positive test result, and each work area was deep cleaned that day as well,” Chin told the Herald.

According to TSA, the agency recently began to provide eye protection and N-95 masks to its employees. Prior to that, officials offered their employees optional surgical masks. Agents have always been required to wear gloves.

“Employees have had the option to wear surgical masks since the beginning of the pandemic, and use of TSA standard nitrile gloves continues to be mandatory when screening an individual or their property, which adds an additional layer of protection. Any swabs utilized as part of a screening procedure [checkpoint and checked baggage] will not be reused for multiple passengers,” said a TSA spokesman.