Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has confirmed that a United States
Postal Service contracted mail carrier in Coarsegold has tested positive for COVID-19.
At this time the source of transmission is under investigation. The patient began exhibiting unrelated symptoms and remained at home.
Two days later, the patient went to the hospital for the unrelated symptoms and was tested for COVID-19.
The hospital later confirmed COVID-19 and the patient returned to home isolation. Madera County Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Investigators have identified 12 individuals who had qualifying contact with the patient.
All persons with qualifying contact
were immediately isolated. Dr. Simon Paul, Public Health Officer with the Madera County Department of Public Health would like to put residents at ease who may be worried about contracting the illness from their
packages, “While we cannot say the risk of contracting COVID-19 from mail is zero, there is no evidence to date of any transmission occurring from this route.” Dr. Paul also explains the importance of remembering: Qualifying ‘contact’ with a person is defined as an encounter within 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 patient for a minimum duration of 10 minutes.
According to Meiko Patton, Communications Program Specialist at USPS, “The post office is closed today. It will re-open tomorrow. Customers can speak to the Coarsegold Postmaster for any customer concerns. They can also visit their website to see what they are doing: