Construction employee at NBAF tests positive for coronavirus

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UPDATE 5/27: Construction operations at NBAF resumed as normal Wednesday, according to Tim Barr, NBAF Program Manager, DHS Science and Technology Directorate.

You can read the full statement below.

“Construction operations at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) resumed as normal today, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, following a brief shut down Tuesday afternoon after a construction employee tested positive for COVID-19. Following their prescribed plan, the construction contractor, McCarthy Mortenson Joint Venture (McMjv), temporarily halted work and shut down the project to conduct an investigation and thorough cleaning of the areas visited by the infected staff member. In addition to all required standard construction personal protective equipment (PPE), all employees are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing per CDC guidelines. While workers are not being routinely tested for COVID-19, all employees are asked a series of health and contact questions prior to starting the workday. The infected employee is self-quarantining at home and will not return to work until receiving two consecutive negative test results.”

Tim Barr, NBAF Program Manager, DHS Science and Technology Directorate

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – A construction employee at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a spokesperson.

McCarthy Mortenson Joint Venture has stopped construction to investigate and assess areas that may need additional cleaning and disinfection, the spokesperson said.

You can read the full statement below.

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate received notification from McCarthy Mortenson Joint Venture (McMjv), the construction contractor for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. McMjv has halted construction and closed down the project for the remainder of today to investigate and assess areas that may need additional cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, such as shared tools, machines, handrails, ladders, doorknobs, portable toilets, vehicles and other equipment. McMjv has not yet provided an estimate on when the site will reopen to continue construction, though an extended shutdown is not anticipated.

Tim Barr, NBAF Program Manager, DHS Science and Technology Directorate

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