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NASA Ames employee tests positive for coronavirus, prompting mandatory work-from-home advisory

Original post made on Mar 9, 2020

An employee working at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View has tested positive for the new coronavirus, prompting Ames officials to call for a mandatory work-from-home status effective Monday morning.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 9, 2020, 2:33 PM

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Posted by Sundown Joe
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 9, 2020 at 3:53 pm

I wish the authorities would tell us what it actually means “when a person tests positive for Covid-19.”

Is it a near death sentence like testing positive for Ebola?

Does it mean that person has a 1 in 500 chance of becoming a fatality? It’s confusing a lot of people.

Posted by The Positive & The Negative
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 9, 2020 at 4:30 pm

> I wish the authorities would tell us what it actually means “when a person tests positive for Covid-19.”

It means carrier. Not necessarily ill but capable of infecting others.

It is more dramatic to run with vagaries...sells more newspapers & TV news time.

Posted by Ames family
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2020 at 4:36 pm

"he federal agency said in a statement that it confirmed Sunday that one of the employees working at the research center tested positive for the new coronavirus, or COVID-19. Though exposure to other employees on the site is believed to be limited, the research center has since been placed on "mandatory telework" status.

"The safety of our employees and their families is our top priority. Any decisions we have made, or will make, is with the safety of our workforce in mind," according to the statement Monday. "

What about my citation for a moving violation on base that I did not commit and want to contest? I have to show up in federal court in San Jose! (Am in a high-risk category.) NASA Ames/the feds should dismiss all the petty infractions.

Although part of me wants to go to court, because after researching this, I am beginning to wonder if this is a case, like the one that Ruth Bader Ginsberg used to help get equal rights for women, in which it may be possible to use a small case to prosecute a larger issue related to federal preemption and ERISA, so that federal workers could start suing their insurance companies under state bad faith laws. Anyone know a law professor who wants to push back on the overreach in regards to federal preemption and ERISA?

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