Rumors about the manager with the virus started to spread around Worldport, UPS’ sprawling air hub in Louisville, Kentucky, earlier this month. Employees texted one another to ask whether they’d heard about Roml Ellis, the well-liked 55-year-old who worked the night shift. They’d heard he was sick, that he’d been hospitalized and then that he’d died.UPS employees said that despite asking management repeatedly about their sick co-worker, they were kept in the dark as the company cited medical privacy concerns. On April 6, in response to a question from reporters, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed that a UPS employee had died from COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus. On Friday, after rumors began to fly between workers online, UPS announced that a second employee had died.”It was all hush-hush,” said a Worldport employee, one of more than two dozen delivery workers interviewed for this story who asked that their names be withheld for fear of losing their jobs. “The only reason we got the full details was because it was reported on the local news station.”As the coronavirus spreads through the ranks of the nation’s delivery workers, employees and union representatives across the country said there has been a


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