The Department of Energy (DOE) has received confirmation that an employee based at the Forrestal building developed symptoms of COVID-19 after returning home from personal leave and subsequently tested positive for the virus. On March 3rd, the employee left on personal leave and has neither been in the Forrestal building nor had any physical contact with DOE employees at the workplace since then. The employee is currently recovering while in self-quarantine.
Out of an abundance of caution, DOE is both notifying employees who work in close proximity to the individual of this case, and ordering a deep clean of the employee’s office as well as the surrounding work area. The health and safety of our workforce is our number one priority, and we continue to closely follow the guidance of both the CDC and OMB, encouraging employees to maximize telework and practice “social distancing” during this time.
Secretary of Energy