NASA employee tests positive for coronavirus
A NASA employee in California has coronavirus, prompting one of the space agency’s research centers to order most personnel to work from home.
The agency said it received confirmation Sunday that an employee at Ames Research Center tested positive for the deadly infection.
“We believe the exposure at the center has been limited, but — out of an abundance of caution … Ames Research Center will temporarily go to a mandatory telework status until further notice,” the agency said in a statement.
Employees will only be allowed to visit the facility if their responsibilities are related to safeguarding life and property, as well as critical mission functions, news station KPIX reported.
It’s unclear how the employee contracted the virus and no details were provided about their condition.
The facility, which is one of NASA’s 10 field centers, is located at Moffet Airfield, about 37 miles south of San Francisco.
California has reported 89 cases of the coronavirus, including one death involving a former Grand Princess cruise ship passenger.
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