Paul Ninson

Delivering the Block

Nadine, a mother of three, emigrated from Jamaica to New York City two decades ago. Since 2014, she has been a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service; her work is essential. Her daily route in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, has become longer amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of packages has increased as people have been staying home and ordering more online. Nadine often has to spend up to four hours in some of the larger apartment buildings she serves, putting mail and packages in their proper boxes.

Postal workers have been making their appointed rounds every day during this health crisis, literally risking their lives to deliver mail. Since the pandemic hit the United States, sixty postal workers have died from symptoms related to COVID-19. According to USPS spokesperson Dave Partenheimer, approximately 2,400 postal workers have tested positive for the coronavirus-related disease.