Black & Veatch says employee tested for coronavirus came back negative

As of March 13, there are no known cases of coronavirus for any employees at Black & Veatch in Overland Park. File photo

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Black & Veatch says an employee tested for coronavirus infection after concerns about possible exposure does not have the illness.

Black & Veatch on Friday released the statement below regarding the situation:

“Yesterday, Black & Veatch became aware of the possible exposure of a professional to the COVID-19 virus. This is unrelated to the professionals who are in self-quarantine and remain symptom free. Upon learning of the potential exposure, we requested that all personnel leave our World Headquarters Building so that an environmental cleaning crew could disinfect the building to reduce potential risk factors. Today, we learned the professional tested negative for COVID-19.

We take these precautions in an effort to exceed the current protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Johnson County Department of Health & Environment. It is our goal to minimize any potential transmission risk to the community, our families and our colleagues.

We are continuing to track this rapidly evolving situation and will follow or exceed the recommendations of national and international health organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and CDC. The health and safety of our professionals and the communities where we work is a core value and our commitment to safety extends from our offices and job sites to the communities where we live and work.

For any additional questions regarding the transmission of COVID-19, we refer you to the State of Kansas Department of Health & Environment or the Johnson County Department of Health & Environment.”