NASA orders all employees to telework until further notice amid coronavirus
“Effective immediately, all employees and contractors will move to mandatory telework until further notice. Mission-essential personnel will continue to be granted access onsite… A limited number of employees have tested positive,” said a statement by NASA.
In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, NASA has asked all employees and contractors to telework until further notice after “a limited number of employees have tested positive” for Covid-19.
“This evening, NASA leadership has decided to elevate all centers and facilities to Stage 3 of NASA’s Response Framework. Effective immediately, all employees and contractors will move to mandatory telework until further notice. Mission-essential personnel will continue to be granted access onsite. Please contact your supervisor as soon as possible if you have any questions,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a statement.
“Although a limited amount of employees have tested positive for COVID-19, it is imperative that we take this pre-emptive step to thwart further spreading of the virus among the workforce and our communities,” according to the statement on Tuesday.
It’s unclear how many employees have tested positive for the virus.
Last week, an employee at NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the agency to issue mandatory work-from-home orders for the center. Since then, an employee at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama has also tested positive, sending that centre into a mandatory telework status as well.
Both centres are in what NASA calls a Stage 3 response to the coronavirus outbreak.