NASA Ames employee tests postive for coronavirus; staff told to work from home
Only essential personnel will be allowed access to the facility to safeguard life, property and critical mission functions, said the officials at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California.
An employee at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California has tested positive for coronavirus and the whole facility has been put on a mandatory telework status until further notice, the agency officials said on Sunday.
"We believe the exposure at the centre 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.
Further guidance will be provided to employees who do not have equipment to work from home or who work in labs or other facilities requiring similar technical equipment, according to the statement.
Only essential personnel will be allowed access to the facility to safeguard life, property and critical mission functions, a CBS News affiliate reported. The facility, located at Moffett Field in California, is one of 10 NASA field centres. It conducts research and development in aeronautics, exploration technology and science.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases had risen to 114 statewide in California as of Sunday, including two passengers aboard the cruise ship Grand Princess who tested positive two days earlier.
Globally, more than 110,000 people have been infected by the virus and over 3,800 have died.