White House coronavirus unit ordered to work from home after positive COVID-19 test


Members of a White House coronavirus task force were ordered to work from home after one person's partner tested positive for the virus, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in an email to staff.

The email, first obtained by NBC News, said all staff on the supply chain sub task force who worked on a certain floor of a FEMA building in Washington, D.C., are required to telework starting Tuesday.

The person, described by FEMA as a "partner" who is a federal employee, visited FEMA headquarters in Washington.

A FEMA spokesperson told The Hill that "at no time" did the person who tested positive "or any other known to have contact with them, come within six feet of any other Task Force principal for a prolonged period of time."

Adm. John Polowczyk, who is leading the sub task force, was listed as a recipient of the email, according to NBC. The unit he leads is tasked with acquiring, shipping and distributing equipment to combat the coronavirus.

On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged Trump to tap a supply director. The president told him to stop "complaining" and called Polowczyk a "very talented Admiral."

Updated at 1:17 p.m.