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Washington Monument is closed after interior secretary tests positive for the coronavirus

Washington Monument is closed after interior secretary tests positive for the coronavirus
Officials have taken the extraordinary step of closing the Washington Monument starting Friday as a precaution after Interior Secretary David Bernhardt — who had been giving private, nighttime tours to associates — tested positive for the coronavirus.

Washington Monument is closed after interior secretary tests positive for the coronavirus The Washington Monument, seen here silhouetted against a hazy sun, has been closed after Interior Secretary David Bernhardt — who had been giving private, nighttime tours to associates — tested positive for the coronavirus STARS AND STRIPES Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge.WASHINGTON — Officials have taken the extraordinary step of closing the Washington Monument starting Friday as a precaution after Interior Secretary David Bernhardt — who had been giving private, nighttime tours to associates — tested positive for the coronavirus."The Secretary was recently at the Washington Monument." "Interior has an incredible team of more than 60 public health professionals on staff that have been leading the Department's pandemic response efforts with the Secretary and other members of leadership over the past year," he said, adding that since the Washington Monument reopened Oct.

The shuttering of the Washington Monument, where visitors normally crowd into a small elevator to ascend to the top, has implications for D.A notice posted on the Park Service's website reads, "Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and in coordination with the NPS Office of Public Health, the Washington Monument is temporarily closed due to a reduction in its workforce resulting from a potential COVID-19 exposure.

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