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United States Postal Service changes protocol

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DULUTH, MN-- You see them around town and in your neighborhoods.

The United States Postal Service members have been very busy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the years, Scott Dulis has become a pretty familiar face in some Duluth neighborhoods. "I have been with the postal service for 24 years and 20 years in Duluth."

With everyone being home, Dulis' daily deliveries have increased.

"More people being at home are online and ordering more parcels. So we're able to get them to people if they're masks, disinfectants, or just somebody whose bored at their house and wants to have all sorts of stuff," said Dulis.

While Dulis is making more deliveries, he's made sure to keep his distance when delivering packages.

"I will put it down, if there's a register or something would've needed a signature," said Dulis. "I make sure the people are there and willing to accept it, I essentially sign for them, COVID-19."

Letter carriers are wearing masks while out on deliveries per the Minnesota state mandate.
They're also cleaning the inside of their vans at the start of the day.

"I've got stuff in my van, disinfectants that people have either made themselves or it's got my name on it," he said.

And while parts of the job have changed, Dulis felt there's an abundance of support while working during the pandemic.

"We're out here getting the job done, these are not just customers to me. Their family and friends, you know because of how long I've been out here."

They've also implemented driving separately when training new employees.

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Emma Quinn

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