SEC becomes first federal agency to ask DC employees to work from home over potential coronavirus case
Vice President Mike Pence says he has not been tested for coronavirus and does not know if President Trump has been tested. Four members of Congress — including one who recently shook President Donald Trump’s hand and another who rode on Air Force One on Monday — have announced that they would self-quarantine after coming into contact with an individual who was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus at CPAC.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is asking all personnel based at its headquarters to work from home due to an employee who may have coronavirus, according to an SEC spokesperson, becoming the first federal agency to ask its Washington employees to stay home.
“Late this afternoon, the SEC was informed that a Washington, DC Headquarters employee was treated for respiratory symptoms today (Monday),” the spokesperson said in a statement. “The employee was informed by a physician that the employee may have the coronavirus and was referred for testing.”
The spokesperson added, “Amongst other precautions, the SEC is encouraging Headquarters employees to telework until further guidance.”
The Washington Post first reported the SEC’s decision.
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