CBP not disclosing that agents are testing positive for coronavirus

Border Patrol agents have begun testing positive for the coronavirus, according to an internal memo obtained by the Washington Examiner, though the agency has yet to publicly disclose the confirmed cases. In a lengthy message Tuesday, the leader of operations in Tucson, Arizona, alerted the region's 3,700 agents that two agents tested positive for the virus.
CBP not disclosing that agents are testing positive for coronavirus
CBP not disclosing that agents are testing positive for coronavirus
Tucson Chief Patrol Agent Roy D. Villareal wrote in a text to employees, "Two Agents within Tucson Sector have tested positive for COVID-19; in an effort to keep you informed here’s what I know,"  "A Tucson Station employee, who had been assigned to an alternate work location, has tested positive. Neither the employee nor spouse, also an Agent, have been to a Tucson Sector facility recently. Additionally, a Nogales Station employee tested positive for COVID-19. That employee, along with others who worked along-side the employee, remains in a variety of off duty statuses including weather & safety leave as well as sick leave."

Villareal, who took over the Tucson sector last March, said both agents are home "resting and recovering." However, his message angered one agent who said that the fact that Border Patrol is not identifying the agents endangered others — colleagues and any people they may have interacted with in recent weeks. The Tucson agent wrote in a text, "I understand [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] but does this person/persons privacy trump the safety of nearly 600 agents in Nogales?"  "Who has this person had contact with at the station over the last two weeks? Is claiming [HIPAA] the Agency's way of us not connected [sic] a coronavirus diagnosis to work?"

Villareal's message also stated agents out of the region's Douglas and Ajo stations had "encountered differing groups of illegal border crossers who had traveled through at risk countries prior to their crossing. Villareal wrote, "All of these individuals were evaluated, continuously monitored, and had no signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Precautions were taken to limit exposure by isolating these groups," 

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