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Alaska Airlines agent at SFO tests positive for coronavirus

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — An Alaska Airlines agent at the San Francisco International Airport has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The employee left work sick on Tuesday, March 10 and learned Friday that they tested positive.

The person is a customer service agent. Alaska Airlines believes a handful of employees were exposed, those employees have been told to self-isolate.

They do not believe any guests were at risk.

Customer service agents work at the main desk and gates, per the airline.

Alaska’s ticket counter at SFO did see some customers on Saturday, including Christina who was catching a flight to Seattle.

Christina was a little alarmed to hear than an Alaska Airlines agent was infected, but needed to go home.

“I brought my own wipes, I’m wiping everything down, I’m sanitizing my hands, I’m doing what I can not to touch things. And they’ve done everything they can to sanitize everything they have. I think we’re all generally at the same amount of risk.”

The employee is recovering and doing well. SFO says it will not be sharing any further information about them at this time. 

Alaska Airlines said even before learning about this case, they’ve been taking every precaution to keep employees and customers safe.

Airline officials say enhanced aircraft cleaning procedures will continue to be implemented.

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