The number of TSA screeners who have tested positive for the coronavirus has increased to eight, the agency has confirmed.
An undisclosed number of screeners who came into contact with their infected coworkers will be quarantined for 14 days, the TSA said.
The screeners were working in airports in Ohio, California, Georgia, and Florida.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), which represents nearly 50,000 TSA officers nationwide, is calling on more protections for the screeners.
“I think that it is important that the American public understand what these TSOs are facing right now,” Everett Kelley, AFGE’s national president, tells ABC News. “They are afraid. No one knows or understands the extent of this virus so everyone is a little shaken by it.”