ORLANDO- In reaction to the global Coronavirus epidemic, according to a news report from the Administrator of NASA Jim Bridenstine, NASA is requesting all staff members and contractors to work remotely until further communication.
The news release declared that evening, the leadership of NASA decided to promote all facilities and centers to Stage 3 of its Response Framework. With immediate effect, all staff members and contractors will go for a compulsory remote working until further communication. Mission-essential personnel will still get access onsite and that every staff should contact their supervisor immediately if they have any questions.
Bridenstine stated on the report on Tuesday night after several NASA workforce tested positive for the Coronavirus.
He stated that even though a limited number of workers have tested positive for the virus, it is essential to take the pre-emptive step to curb further spreading of the COVID-19 among the employees and in communities.
Officials stated in a March 14 update that previously, NASA persuaded workers to operate remotely after at least two staff at the facilities of NASA in other parts of the nation tested positive for COVID-19.
The March 14 update said that, as everyone was aware, Ames Research Center in California elevated to Stage 3 of Response Framework of NASA, and this came as a result of an onsite confirmation of the COVID-19 case on March 8. They recently got evidence that one of their workers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center located in Alabama tested positive for the COVID-19. As with Ames- in conferring with Jody Singer, Marshall Center Director, NASA’s Chief Health together with Medical Officer Dr. J.D Polk, Marshall got elevated to Stage 3 and is in compulsory remote working status, with access restriction until further communications.
The recent update from NASA administrators elevates all of its facilities and centers to Stage 3 of the organization’s response framework and makes remote working compulsory for all staff and contractors.
The release said that they should expect continued constant information from their center director. The agency guidelines and announcements are available until now on the NASA People website. The release added that the first health emergency of NASA is an unbelievable national solidarity display. Huge thanks to their flexibility and vigilance and ensure that you are taking good care of your health, not forgetting that of the family.