Things might have gone from bad to worse for Orlando’s tourism industry. According to WFTV Channel 9, a TSA worker at Orlando International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19.
And one can only imagine how many travelers from all over the country (and the world) this worker may have come in contact with.
BREAKING: Union officials confirm an OIA TSA officer tested positive for coronavirus. They tell me every worker in contact with that person has been notified. They’ve been worried about this because of the constant contact they have with passengers and their belongings.
— Deanna Allbrittin (@deannaTVnews) March 14, 2020
The name of the infected worker hasn’t been released, but Union officials said they’re contacting every co-worker this agent has had contact with.
UPDATED 3/14/2020 11:27 PM EST with a statement from the TSA:
“This afternoon, after communication with the TSA Chief Medical Officer, the CDC and the Orange County Public Health Department, Federal Security Director Pete Garcia notified Orlando International Airport TSA employees that a Transportation Security Officer received an initial positive test for COVID-19,” a TSA officials said. ″The officer is at home resting and will remain home until cleared by a doctor.”
Sadly, it’s possible that some Orlando visitors might have already taken home a very unexpected souvenir in addition to those Mouse ears… COVID-19.
Could Guests have unknowingly carried it from MCO and into Disney, Universal and SeaWorld theme parks? Given how contagious COVID-19 is and that TSA agents touch the personal belongings of thousands of people every day, it’s completely possible.
This could be bad. Very, very bad.
More on this story as it develops.