Rebecca Shabad19h ago / 2:53 PM UTCThe Office of Management and Budget is encouraging federal government departments and agencies to provide more flexible telework policies for employees who are at high risk for serious complications from COVID-19 and who have weakened immune systems like pregnant women. The guidance was released in a memo Thursday by OMB which says that some of the vulnerable people are those who “have chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease or compromised immune systems.””Agencies do not need to require certification by a medical professional, and may accept self-identification by employees that they are in one of these populations,” it says. The memo also instructs agencies to consult with public health officials to determine whether to extend telework flexibilities to all eligible workers in areas where the disease has spread.Associated Press19h ago / 2:42 PM UTCU.S. Department of Defense shuts schools across EuropeThe U.S. Department of Defense says it’s temporarily shutting down all schools on continental European military facilities as a precaution against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, affecting tens of thousands of students.Department of Defense Schools spokesman Stephen Smith told The Associated Press on Friday the closures as of Monday would


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