The Washington Post

Coronaviru­s closes air traffic center

- — Ian Shapira

The Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, which covers 165,000 square miles of airspace in Washington and nearby states, closed for two hours on Sunday after an employee reported testing positive for the coronaviru­s.

The facility shut down from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., causing planes to be rerouted, the Federal Aviation Administra­tion said in a statement.

Air traffic control was handled by alternativ­e facilities. The FAA said it has long had such contingenc­y plans in place in case of emergencie­s.

Employees at the Leesburg facility have tested positive 13 times since the pandemic was declared, according to the FAA’S website.

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