Second EPA employee tests positive for coronavirus

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“A second Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employee has tested positive for coronavirus, and another worker has come into contact with someone who tested positive.

The EPA sent an email to staff Thursday informing them that the two employees work in the New England region, which covers Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The employees were last in the office March 11, the email said, adding that potentially affected personnel will be directly notified as soon as possible.

Kyla Bennett, director of the New England chapter of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility told The Hill that she didn’t think the agency acted quickly enough to tell employees to work from home.

“The EPA people, especially the ones in the regions, are putting their lives on the line every single day, traveling around their regions, doing inspections and trying to keep us safe from contaminants,” Bennett said.”

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