New York Times newsrooms in NYC, DC to get 'deep cleaning' as some employees undergo 14-day self-quarantine

New York Times newsrooms in NYC, DC to get 'deep cleaning' as some employees undergo 14-day self-quarantine
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The New York Times in a staff memo announced that staffers who attended a conference in New Orleans where a person tested positive for the coronavirus will stay home for two weeks. 

Newsrooms for the Times in New York and Washington, D.C., also will undergo a "deep cleaning," Times national editor Marc Lacey wrote in a tweet.

The person who tested positive for COVID-19 "has mild symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery," Lacey wrote, stating that the person was self-quarantining at home for 14 days. The person who tested positive is not a Times employee. 

Lacey said the two newsrooms would get cleaned, while Times employees who attended the conference will stay home for 14 days. 


"CLARIFYING: Some NYT staffers attended the Nicar conference in New Orleans, where someone from another organization tested positive for the coronavirus," Lacey wrote Wednesday. "The newsroom in NY and DC is now getting a deep cleaning. And our employees [AT THE CONFERENCE] will stay home for 14 days." 

The response from the Times follows steps other news organizations have taken to quarantine employees who attended conferences in Washington attended by individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus.


U.S. cases have topped 1,000 while the death toll in the country has risen to 32. Most of the deaths occurred in Washington state among elderly patients with pre-existing conditions.

The Washington Post in a staff memo on Tuesday instructed employees to work from home, if possible, in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

“We have decided to begin encouraging (but not mandating) employees to work from home if your role and equipment needs make it practical to do so, starting tomorrow through the end of the month,” publisher Fred Ryan said in the memo.

“We intend to continue our operations at full scale even with this change in employee locations. As we get more information from the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and local officials, we will continue to evaluate this position, and will let you know if further changes are deemed necessary,” he added.

The newspaper previously canceled office tours and nonessential travel for employees, and has asked reporters who covered the Conservative Political Action Conference, an attendee of which has tested positive for the virus, to work from home for seven days. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSupreme Court fight should drive Democrats and help Biden Fears grow of chaotic election Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election MORE (R-Texas) and Reps. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsDemocrats ramp up pressure on Lieberman to drop out of Georgia Senate race The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: 'He'll leave' l GOP laywers brush off Trump's election remarks l Obama's endorsements GOP, Democrats look to galvanize women with SCOTUS fight MORE (R-Ga.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarPelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership LWCF modernization: Restoring the promise Trump tweets his people have all left Drudge MORE (R-Ariz.) and Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Trump faces tricky choice on Supreme Court pick Florida attorney general scrutinizing Bloomberg paying fines for felons to vote MORE (R-Fla.) also said they will self-quarantine after making contact with the conference attendee, with Gaetz announcing Tuesday that he has tested negative.

A CNN debate scheduled for Sunday is still scheduled to be held, according to the network, although a live audience will not be present as a precaution.