Delta employee in Detroit dies from coronavirus

Delta Air Lines employee in Detroit has died from the coronavirus.

The man was a ground handler at the Detroit airport and had been an employee for 34 years.

“Our hearts are heavy, grieving the loss of one of our own,” Delta said in a written statement. “We are working with his family and colleagues to ensure they are fully supported in this difficult time.”

He is not expected to be the only Delta employee who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The pilots union at Delta has set up a text message system to track pilots who have tested positive for COVID-19 and want to submit that information to the union.

The Air Line Pilots Association at Delta said it expects that being able to track pilots diagnosed with the coronavirus “will help ALPA better understand the severity of the outbreak within our ranks” and allow pilot volunteers to offer help.