Santa Clara County Elected Leaders Call for Vital Information from TSA on Employees at Mineta San Jose Airport who Tested Positive for COVID-19

March 11, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Santa Clara County’s Representatives in Congress, Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Santa Clara County Board President Cindy Chavez and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo called on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to release vital information about the three employees at Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) who have tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, SJC announced that the airport had been informed about the cases by the TSA. The airport is following the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s (SCCPHD) guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19, remains open for business, and is cleaning facilities to meet the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We urge the TSA to immediately provide the public with information about the three employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, beginning with the operational posts held by the employees.

“If these employees were not in direct contact with travelers, we seek to reassure consumers. However, if the employees were posted at security checkpoints and had direct contact with travelers, we believe more information about posting locations and shift times should be made available to the public.

“While we understand SCCPHD assesses the risk to be low of contracting COVID-19 through brief interactions, we also know the CDC is recommending a six-foot separation from infected persons. As such, we want to make sure that recent travelers through SJC know their potential risk of exposure and follow guidance by medical professionals to monitor their health and call a healthcare facility if they begin to exhibit symptoms.”