A Chicago U.S. Postal Service letter carrier has died of COVID-19.
Unique L. Clay, 31, was pronounced dead at 8:47 a.m. May 5, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She lived in Englewood.
Clay, a mother of three who had just given birth a week earlier, is the first active letter carrier in Chicago to die of the virus, according to a statement from the National Association of Letter Carriers. She worked for the postal service for two years.
An autopsy found Clay died of a novel coronavirus infection and ruled her death natural, the medical examiner’s office said.
More than 30 letter carriers in the city have tested positive for COVID-19, the union said.
Union representatives and employees at the Irving Park Post Office, 3319 N. Cicero Ave., will hold a balloon release in Clay’s honor on Saturday morning while wearing masks and practicing social distancing, according to the union.