Sandia vacates 3 buildings following second confirmed COVID-19 case at New Mexico site

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories vacated three buildings Tuesday following a second confirmed case of COVID-19 among its New Mexico workforce.

Sandia’s top priority is to keep its employees and the community safe and healthy. One of the three buildings where the individual worked was closed for cleaning and disinfection per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Two others did not require additional cleaning per CDC guidance and were reopened Tuesday evening. Members of the workforce have been instructed to avoid the remaining closed building until further notice.

Sandia, in coordination with state and federal health officials, is working with the person to retrace their steps to identify locations they have visited.

A total of five Sandia workforce members — three in California and two in New Mexico — have tested positive for the virus.

Sandia is following Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, State Department and CDC guidance and will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia Labs has major research and development responsibilities in nuclear deterrence, global security, defense, energy technologies and economic competitiveness, with main facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California.