SpaceX has sent some additional employees home for 14 days who may have come in contact with a SpaceX employee and an outsourced healthcare provider who tested positive for the coronavirus at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, CNBC reported.
SpaceX has approximately 7,000 employees across the U.S. in California, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Washington D.C.
It is unknown what impact, if any, the California SpaceX coronavirus cases will have on future launches from Florida.
A Falcon 9 launch of a SAOCOM 1B satellite for Argentina that was scheduled to lift-off from Cape Canaveral on March 30 had already been delayed at the request of the Argentinian government.
Two Falcon 9 launches from Florida are currently scheduled in April, a 6th Starlink mission and a GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force.
Musk has tweeted in the past that fear and panic are more dangerous than the coronavirus itself.
That said, danger of panic still far exceeds danger of corona imo. If we over-allocate medical resources to corona, it will come at expense of treating other illnesses. Track graph at bottom of this page: https://t.co/7nWKjiZyFn
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 17, 2020
Fear is the mind-killer
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 15, 2020
SpaceX and Tesla are working on ventilators which are in short supply as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.