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Closed to Clean

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America closed its headquarters Tuesday after it learned that a visitor who attended a meeting there later tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the Hill reports. It adds that the lobbying group expects its offices to be shut for the rest of the week for a deep cleaning.

"The person diagnosed is not a PhRMA employee and was last in our offices on March 5," a PhRMA spokesperson tells the Hill. "We have also asked those individuals who were in the meeting with the diagnosed person to self-quarantine and not return to our offices until March 20."

It adds that Biogen, a PhRMA member, has also reported that a number of its employees have tested positive for the virus. Stat News reported Friday that eight individuals who attended Biogen's annual meeting later tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, leading the biotech firm to ask all the meeting attendees to work from home for two weeks. Additionally, it has asked employees at its Massachusetts, Research Triangle Park, NC, and Baar, Switzerland, sites to work from home and avoid travel, Stat News added.