Reached via email, NIH said as of March 27, there were 28 staff members diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. The NIH cases are included in the Montgomery County and Maryland count.
NIH explained in its message to WTOP that when a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, labs they worked in are fully disinfected. In addition, any contacts they may have had while on site are alerted to their potential exposure.
“Those individuals are asked to self-quarantine at home if their exposure constitutes a significant risk of infection,” the email to WTOP noted.
NIH has labs and staff in a number of states and oversees almost 40,000 staff members.
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