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Detroit man is first mail handler to die from COVID-19

Anthony Smith worked for USPS for 30 years.
Credit: AP
A United States Postal worker makes a delivery with gloves and a mask in Warren, Mich., Thursday, April 2, 2020. The U.S. Postal Service is keeping post offices open but ensuring customers stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart. The agency said it is following guidance from public health experts, although there is no indication that the new coronavirus COVID-19 is being spread through the mail. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT — A Detroit mail handler died from COVID-19 this week, according to the National Postal Mail Handlers Union

Anthony Smith was a member of the United States Postal Service for 30 years and he worked at the Detroit NDC. He is the first known mail handler to die from coronavirus, the union said on Wednesday, April 1.

"He was a proud mail handler," said a statement from the union. 

Smith served in the U.S. Army for 12 years. He and his wife raised 15 children. "Anthony loved music, a good barbeque and singing karaoke. He was a funny man that enjoyed telling jokes and spending time with family and friends," the union said. 

Funeral services are set for Monday; attendance will be limited due to COVID-19. 

Detroit is a hot spot for COVID-19; as of Sunday, the city had more than 4,000 cases. The three-county metro Detroit region has about 80% of the state's 15,718 cases. 

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