CDC announces 1st employee infected with COVID-19

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Monday its first case of an employee infected with COVID-19, a news release said.

That person was not part of the coronavirus response.

The employee hasn’t been present at the CDC workplace since March 6 and was asymptomatic at that time. Other staff members in that unit are working remotely while the office spaces are cleaned, the release said.

After developing symptoms, the employee stayed home.

“CDC is considering and taking all necessary actions to further protect the health and safety of our workforce,” the release said. “CDC has been taking proactive steps to reduce the risk of infection among its workforce. These steps have included encouraging sick employees to stay home, increasing the frequency of cleaning CDC facilities, canceling large meetings and staff travel, increasing the use of teleworking among staff, and encouraging social distancing and other preventive measures.”

Meanwhile, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, President Donald Trump and his task force announced Monday afternoon new guidelines that Americans are encouraged to follow through the end of March. Among them is avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people.

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