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NASA Langley reports first coronavirus death

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 18:04:17-04

HAMPTON, Va. - NASA Langley confirmed to News 3 Tuesday that one of their team members has passed away from complications from the coronavirus.

The agency reported Monday that this was their first positive coronavirus case.

A spokesperson said they will not release the team member's name out of respect for their family.

"The NASA family extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of our lost team member," the spokesperson said.

NASA Langley officials said Monday they were notified over the weekend that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. They added they were notified quickly and were able to take steps to mitigate potential impacts on the health and safety of the Langley team.

Officials say they immediately notified any employees who may have come in contact with the individual, and the individual’s work areas have been professionally cleaned and sanitized.

The entire workforce is on mandatory telework with the exception of a very few mission essential personnel. Most of the Langley workforce has been teleworking since March 17.

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