House makes telework plans amid coronavirus outbreak

House makes telework plans amid coronavirus outbreak
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The House is preparing to allow staff to telework as concerns grow over the global coronavirus outbreak. 

According to a memo sent to all House offices and obtained by Fox News, the House Administration Committee is preparing for scenarios to allow staff to work remotely “in light of the unique and unusual circumstances presented by the coronavirus.” 

The memo also indicated that offices may spend unused funds to purchase telework equipment and that the House will establish a center to help support infrastructure for remote work. 

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“This will provide the opportunity for staff to receive technical assistance they may need to be prepared to work remotely,” the memo says. “Training will also be provided on how to remotely connect and access your office data and resources.”

The memo came after the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said Friday that two people who attended its conference this week have tested positive for the coronavirus

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There have been 328 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. thus far.