Detroit man first COVID-19 mail manager to die

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DETROIT – A Detroit mail manager died of 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 worked at the Detroit NDC. He is the first known mail manager to die from a coronavirus, the union said on Wednesday April 1.

Smith served in the U.S. military for 12 years. He and his wife raised 15 children. “Anthony loved music, good barbecue and karaoke. He was a funny man who loved to tell jokes and spend time with family and friends, “said the union.

The funeral is scheduled for Monday; participation will be limited due to COVID-19.

Detroit is a hot spot for COVID-19; Sunday, the city had more than 4,000 cases. The Detroit metropolitan area, made up of three counties, accounts for about 80% of the state’s 15,718 cases.

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