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2 Black & Veatch employees being monitored for possible coronavirus exposure

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Posted at 6:30 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 19:30:39-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two employees at Overland Park-based Black & Veatch are being monitored for possible coronavirus exposure, the company confirmed Monday.

The company issued a statement to all employees, which said the two who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 were self-isolating.

Black & Veatch said it was taking the necessary precautions and had contacted public health officials, including the Johnson County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It also said it was following all recommendations from the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) "to ensure the safety and cleanliness of our work and public areas so that our professionals can reutrn to work tomorrow," a company spokesperson said in a statement Monday night.

Black & Veatch said it will continue to monitor the situation.

"The health and safety of our professionals and the communities where we work is critical and we remain focused on ensuring safe work and health practices are observed at all of our facilities," the spokesperson wrote.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment issued the following statement Monday:

"JCDHE continues to monitor people who have traveled from the countries that CDC has listed as having community transmission of COVID-19 in order to mitigate the spread of the disease."

It's unclear how many individuals the department currently is monitoring.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.