Members of the White House coronavirus task force have been forced to work from home after the partner of one member tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
FEMA sent an email to staff informing them the members of a sub-task force within the coronavirus task force headed by Vice President Mike Pence have been ordered to self-quarantine at home.
"Until further notice, all personnel in the Supply Chain Resilience task force," which is a supply chain unit headed by Admiral John Polowczyk, "and the FEMA Conference Center are required to telework," reads an email to staff at FEMA headquarters sent late Monday night, and later obtained by NBC News.
The "FEMA Conference Center" is home to a war room established for Polowczyk's unit.
A spokesperson for the agency told NBC that through "contact tracing," FEMA has determined "at no time" did the infected person "or any other known to have contact with them, come within six feet of any other Task Force principal for a prolonged period of time."
This spokesperson, who was not named by NBC, added "all areas visited by task force members were disinfected prior to their visits," and "FEMA will facilitate cleaning to ensure that the potentially affected workspace meets federal health and safety standards."
An unnamed FEMA official told the news network, this is not the first time members of a coronavirus task force have been asked to work from home.
They said, "we've had numerous people test positive . . . sometimes they're telling us, sometimes they're not."
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