MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami International Airport is within the lead for the very best variety of COVID instances, beating different massive hubs like JFK in New York and Los Angeles.
The Transportation Security Administration began tracking COVID cases in March 2020. The present information exhibits 515 individuals have gotten sick at MIA. Of these, 492 the place TSA Screening Officers.
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Miami isn’t the one airport with excessive numbers, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando are within the prime 5.
CBS4 requested the TSA what the rationale behind this was. A TSA spokesperson defined in writing, “The numbers among our officers have from the beginning of the pandemic tended to track the spread in the communities in which we live.”
It additionally talked about that each Miami and Fort Lauderdale had among the latest technology to scale back touchpoints and mitigate the unfold of illness. With that mentioned, Florida has been among the many prime three states with COVID instances for the previous few months.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hany Attallah at Jackson Memorial Hospital mentioned it’s good that the TSA retains monitor, but it surely doesn’t inform the entire image.
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“We need to take a really close look at whether these people are vaccinated, the vaccines have been shown to be preventative, vaccine uptake has not been shown to be as great in Florida as other parts of the country,” he mentioned.
Dr. Attallah additionally acknowledged that the TSA has put in a variety of useful measures to restrict the unfold of COVID-19, however there’s all the time an inherent danger with journey.
“They tend to be busier airports with more staff, I think it would be interesting to look at the percentage rather than just the raw numbers of people who work for TSA who getting infected but those are all things that undoubtedly contribute to this as well,” he defined.
The TSA additionally instructed CBS4 that vacationers shouldn’t be extra involved than they’ve been for the reason that pandemic has began. It needs to remind everybody to take precautions, put on masks and restrict as many touchpoints as doable.
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Since the pandemic started, two MIA TSA workers have died. Both deaths occurred in 2020.