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Biogen sends RTP workers home after visiting employee tests positive for coronavirus

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Biogen, a biotechnology company with a large presence in Research Triangle Park, is asking its employees to work from home after an outbreak of coronavirus cases at a company conference in Boston.

A person who attended the conference — and later visited Biogen’s RTP office — has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The person lives in Indiana.

The company made the request after multiple people who attended a Biogen conference in late February in Massachusetts were diagnosed with COVID-19. It’s unclear if any North Carolina-based employees attended the conference or have been tested for the virus.

People who attended the conference now make up the majority of confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, where the company is headquartered.

Of the 28 coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, 23 are associated with that employee conference , The Boston Herald reported.The company’s employee conference in Boston was held at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel Feb. 24-27, the local NBC affiliate in Boston reported. The patient’s timeline In a release on Monday, Wake County and North Carolina health officials said an unnamed person who contracted COVID-19 traveled from Boston to Indiana, then to Raleigh-Durham International Airport on March 1.On March 2, the person began showing symptoms while working at Biogen’s RTP office. The state said this is currently […]

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