The San Diego Counseling Center was operating like normal when its first employee fell ill.

The VA facility in Mission Valley offers social work, employment services, addiction therapy and mental health support to thousands of current and formerly homeless veterans in need of care. In mid-March, one of its staff members reported that she was experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and she had been in close contact with her co-workers in the days prior.

Roughly 4.7 million people have contracted the novel coronavirus around the world, including 1.5 million in the U.S. and 6,000 in San Diego County.

Poor safety conditions in workplaces and inadequate responses from supervisors to a COVID-19 exposure can endanger workers and increase the risk that the highly contagious virus will spread among

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