Kansas City-based Cerner employee tests presumptive positive for COVID-19

Posted at 5:50 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 18:57:54-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City-based Cerner employee tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, the company said Tuesday.

Cerner said it is notifying those who may have come into contact with the person and requesting that they self-quarantine.

The company closed its "Realizations" campus, presumably where the positive employee worked, Tuesday afternoon and moved employees who weren't exposed to another Cerner location to continue their work.

Cerner has asked all its employees, worldwide, to work remotely if they are able to do so through March 30.

Some of its offices "remain open for associates who require being physically present to support health systems worldwide," Cerner said in a statement.

Cerner said it's implemented social distancing at its open locations to reduce exposure risk.

The Realizations campus will reopen once it's been "thoroughly cleaned and disinfected."

"Protecting associates’ health and continuing to meet our health care clients’ needs are our top priorities," Cerner's statement read.

The company said it is following guidelines from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its efforts.