The Washington Post
Coronavirus closes air traffic center
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.