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State agency closes doors after employee exposed to person who tested positive for novel coronavirus
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State agency closes doors after employee exposed to person who tested positive for novel coronavirus

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The State of Wisconsin Investment Board has closed its doors after one of its employees may have been exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The employee was exposed to someone on the East Coast who has tested positive for the virus, a SWIB spokeswoman said Thursday. The agency has opted to close its Downtown building to the public Thursday and Friday and has encouraged its employees to work from home, although a few employees were still coming to the office while keeping their distance from one another.

SWIB will review the situation over the weekend to determine whether to re-open the facility.

Spokeswoman Vicki Hearing said the exposed employee is not working in the building and is following health care steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The employee is self-quarantined and following the advice of a primary caregiver.

The investment board is responsible for managing the assets of the Wisconsin Retirement System, the State Investment Fund and other state trust funds.

Hearing said SWIB has implemented its business continuity plan, which allows employees to work from home.

“SWIB is well-prepared to perform its daily business operations,” Hearing said.

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