On Friday, CNN's Shimon Prokupecz revealed that the FBI is now dealing with its first case of the deadly virus. According to Prokupecz, an employee at a field office in San Francisco tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a statement released by the agency, the FBI claimed to have notified anyone that may have come in contact with the infected employee once it was confirmed they had the illness.
Additionally, Fox News reported that the FBI is working closely with the CDC to ensure that all the necessary precautions are taken to protect other employees at the office. Until tests are complete, employees have been ordered to stay home and away from the public.
The FBI took "preemptive measures" in February to help contain the virus. Per the New York Post, the agency ordered $40,000 worth of facemasks and hand sanitizers in case the illness becomes an epidemic in the United States. The move is a part of the agency's plan to "strategic stockpile for Pandemic Preparedness."
"The FBI has actively been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak in Asia and is taking preemptive measures by procuring these items … now," a document obtained by CNBC reads.