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Fed says Powell has been working from home, observing mask and distance protocols

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has been working from home while also following masking and social distancing protocols when in public, and has not felt it necessary to take a coronavirus test, the Fed said Friday in response to inquiries following the news that President Donald Trump has contracted COVID-19.



a man holding a glass of wine: FILE PHOTO: House Financial Services Committee holds hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department's and Federal Reserve's coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington


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FILE PHOTO: House Financial Services Committee holds hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington

A Fed spokesperson said in addition that Powell had not been in contact with anyone known to have tested positive for the virus.

Fed officials have been working remotely since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but Powell has traveled occasionally to Capitol Hill, most recently last week, for hearings on Fed policy and the response to the health crisis.

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