Washington – NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Monday the first case of the COVID-19 coronavirus detected by the US aerospace agency, which has forced to restrict access and order teleworking at one of its research centers in Silicon Valley (California).
“On Sunday, March 8, we received confirmation that an employee of the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19),” Bridenstine said in a statement, saying that They believe that “the exhibition in the center has been limited.”
However, as a precaution, together with the director of the Ames Center, Eugene Tu, and the head of Health of NASA, J.D. Polk, decided to declare the personnel of these facilities “temporarily in a situation of compulsory telework, with restricted access to the center until further notice”.RELATED
Limiting access to the center will allow Ames medical staff and public health officials to determine potential contacts the infected person may have and evaluate areas that may require additional cleaning and mitigate potential exposure to center staff, said the administrator of the POT.
Bridenstine took the opportunity to report on the rescheduling of the field activities of three NASA Earth Science airborne science missions due to be deployed across the country this spring due also to the danger of the coronavirus.
COVID-19, which has infected more than 113,000 people worldwide, has caused about half a thousand infections in the United States, of which at least 22 people have died due to the disease.