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Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Chicago Office Building


By Greg Zimmerman Emergency Preparedness
Prudential Plaza Chicago

An office worker at one of Chicago’s largest office complexes — the 2.3-million-square foot Prudential Plaza — has tested positive for coronavirus, the first case detected at a Chicago office building, according to the Chicago Tribune. The employee hasn’t been in the Chicago office building since March 3, having been under quarantine since then. 

Still, the positive test immediately tests the mettle of facility emergency preparedness plans at Prudential Plaza and nearby commercial office buildings. People who work at this employee’s company and nearby offices will remain in self-quarantine for 14 days. And the office facilities of CA Ventures, the employer of the occupant who tested positive, will undergo professional cleaning and sanitizing. 

Other employers in the building are taking preventive measures as well, suggesting employees work at home for at least two weeks. 

BOMA/Chicago has published a list of coronavirus prevention and preparedness resources and guidelines. 

This post was submitted by Greg Zimmerman, executive editor, Building Operating Management and FacilitiesNet.com. 

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